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article imageHarbourfront Community Centre enters Share Your Care contest Special

By KJ Mullins     Jul 5, 2011 in Environment
Toronto - The Harbourfront Community Centre in Toronto is part of the Share Your Care contest. Share Your Care is a community funding project from Evergreen and Fido to increase public green spaces for the entire community to enjoy.
Director of Community Engagement and Communications Karen Warner took time to discuss the need of an inter-generational community garden at the centre.
Warner said that the community garden is a dream garden project that's been in the works for the past year. The community centre already has a very successful garden plot at Fort York but for many in the community accessibility issues are a barrier for them.
Karen Warner at Harbourfront Community Centre.
Karen Warner at Harbourfront Community Centre.
"We have a growing number of young families and older adults coming to our gardening projects. We found that they want to participant on a regular basis. We believe that having a plot by the community would allow for that. We have this vacant piece of land that's beside the community centre that needed some TLC. Our gardeners started talking about building an inter-generational space where we could include raised gardened beds that would allow for those with mobility issues could be part of the program. We also wanted to include a story book area where people could come and sit and enjoy the waterfront area more. We also want to have a butterfly garden."
This project focuses on the entire community. By utilizing workshops for both the young people in the area would learn the importance of biodiversity and that stewardship of our planet begins at home. The space would also allow those in wheelchairs to enjoy getting their hands dirty.
Area at Harbourfront Community Centre that will become inter-generational garden.
Area at Harbourfront Community Centre that will become inter-generational garden.
"We've been working on a garden design and support with the support of a variety of gardening partners including Parks, Forestry and Recreation Department and the Music Garden."
The Harbourfront Community Centre is known in the area for their community involvement. Each year gardeners trek off to nearby Fort York to tend to a large community plot.
Area at Harbourfront Community Centre that will become inter-generational garden.
Area at Harbourfront Community Centre that will become inter-generational garden.
"We have a large great group of local gardeners."
The community benefits from the project. When asked what happens with the vegetables and herbs being grown Warner smiled.
"The community members that are involved with the project will share in the bounty. We will also have a end of harvest banquet where the entire community will be invited to enjoy the fresh food we have grown!"
Special projects like this one are funded by the community through donations.
Area at Harbourfront Community Centre that will become inter-generational garden.
Area at Harbourfront Community Centre that will become inter-generational garden.
"In order to make this project happen it is solely on donations. Other than the Evergreen Foundation Program that has graciously given us some tools and plant supplies from Wal-Mart we are supported by the community. We were asked by the Evergreen and Fido if we wanted to participate in Share Your Care. It's a crowd funding project which is a really cool way to lend their support."
Each of the projects involved receive $2,500 Warner said but the top funding goes to the top three projects which will share a total of $50,000.
Warner said that winning the top prize would "allow us to create more raised beds and complete the project much quicker. We are prepared in this for the long haul. We will work on it every year until it becomes what it is."
Warner said that the garden project is accepting donations.
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