In honour of Bell Lets Talk Day, we are highlighting a program from our funded community partner LifeCycles Project Society:
Feeding Ourselves and Others is a community partnership providing therapeutic food growing opportunities for people who have challenges including mental illness, addictions and/or criminal offences. Through this program, the participants gain useful skills and experience working in an organic garden, and are able to grow organic food for themselves and for donations to other disadvantaged people. They also have begun generating some income for themselves (over $5,000 in 2014) through the sale of their produce. Finally, they tell us they develop stable and positive interactions with other participants and volunteer mentors, and are able to improve their physical and mental health in the process.
The program operates a 14,580 square foot primarily raised bed garden that is located in front of the Seven Oaks Care facility in the Blenkinsop Valley. In 2014, 30 participants , primarily from Saanich, and Victoria and 11 regular volunteer garden mentors took part in our activities.
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