Growing food is becoming one of the quintessential priorities of people nowadays. When we think about Urban Gardening these days, we do not only consider our enthusiasm for producing food but also think of our inadequacy of having organic food. Our nearest grocery stores might have all the vegetables we need, but do the vegetables have the flavour/taste we want? Are they 100% organic? Fresh produce is not even accessible to all due to its high price. “Urban gardening can inspire you to take an interest in the origins of your food and make better choices about what you put on your plate,” says Dr. Helen Delichatsios, an internist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. “When you grow your own food, you savour it more because of the effort it took to get to the table.” Canadians will spend almost 500$ more money to buy produce in 2020 (CBC, 2019). Why are we going to spend more money while other great alternatives are available for us? For this reason, we have come up with a project that helps people to learn gardening and know the importance of growing their own food.
As a student team, we believe in sustainability and innovative social changes that make people’s lives easier and affordable. We would rather choose to work outside of our classroom alongside study than only be the students that grip us on contemporary learning only. Following that, we have launched our very first project “YOU should GARDEN”. Our project primarily focuses on horticultural education and inspiring people to garden through a series of educational and hands-on workshops and events. Through our Garden Makeover program, we will help three people to establish and maintain gardens. In partnership with Souls Harbour Rescue Mission (SHRM) and Enactus Regina (Feedbank), we are committed to grow at least 3000 lb of fresh organic vegetables in the summer of 2021, 100% of which will be donated to SHRM. During the gardening season, we will be promoting organic and cost-effective gardening among university students and community members.
Our two main goals are to promote urban gardening and to help ameliorate food insecurity. We will accomplish these goals through a workshop series, a community garden where we will grow and donate over 3000 lbs of fresh organic produce, and a Garden Makeover project. In doing so, we will engage students and youth, create over 300 hours of volunteering opportunities, educate the community about composting and food-waste reduction, and experiment with cost-effective and accessible gardening methods.