Don’t we all love fresh and healthy food? And what if we could grow it ourselves! Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre launched its second community garden at its main office location on Friday August 16th, 2018 to do just that—to grow fresh and healthy food. It was launched by Chris Fonseca, Councilor, Michael Cleland, Director, Environment Division, City of Mississauga, Lynn Petrushchak, Executive Director, Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre, Elizabeth Caione, Manager of Burnhamthorpe Library and Merissa Nudelman, Garden Programs and Education Manager, Ecosource, among a gathering of staff, youth, and the members of the community. The garden bed and soil arrived on July 27th in preparation for the launch. The garden is located behind the library.
Marissa Nudelman said: “We have a plan to launch a new bed soon and potentially an accessible bed later.” Lynn Petrushchak shared a bigger picture. She said: “Our community loves to eat fresh fruit and vegetables all year round and it is my dream to see that this small initiative grows into a large greenhouse.” Councilor Chris Fonseca and Michael Cleland actively encouraged the venture and said it is an initiative that will be fantastic to engage the community.
Like all initiatives, Dixie Bloor developed this initiative as a collaborative. Staff members sourced people and organizations to support the launching and growing of this garden. Various departments of Dixie Bloor (Children 0-6, newcomer youth, and South Asian seniors) will partner with Ecosource to offer workshops to train people on aspects of garden management and the Library will support other activities. The first garden, in collaboration with Ecosource Community Gardens, is located at Forest Glen Public School and managed by Dixie Bloor’s English class students.
A community garden provides a welcoming space to grow and share food and build friendships in the neighbourhood. If you wish to be part of this initiative, we will be happy to have you on our team, Contact: Samia, Ext: 294.