KCC is dedicated to growing their garden and their community

by Ontario Great Lakes

    The Salvation Army’s Kitchener Community Church (KCC) wanted to build relationships in their neighbourhood and address the ongoing need for fresh organic produce in the under-serviced area of Kitchener, so they decided to make the unused land adjacent to the church available for community use.  With these goals in mind, KCC has created a community garden that is able to provide up to 100 garden lots, 61 plots are currently rented.  Eight of these are being used to produce a wide range of vegetables such as tomatoes, beans, squash and carrots for the food bank at The Salvation Army Kitchener Community & Family Services. The community garden is the latest outreach ministry designed to accomplish The Army’s mission “to meet human need and be a transforming influence in our communities”.

    Garden Coordinator Harriet Boyd is overwhelmed by the community reception, “we have watched families come together, people come together, it’s been inspiring” she says. Harriet has spoken to many local residents who say that the community garden brings back their memories of growing up on a farm.  It is bringing neighbours together building a sense of community while providing a sustainable source of organic vegetables.

    The garden project has received a significant boost from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and the City of Kitchener.  With ongoing participation from community members, schools, local businesses and volunteers, the garden will continue to grow and thrive.

    For more information about the garden and plot rentals, please contact Harriet Boyd (Garden Coordinator) at 519 894 7089 or Kitchener/Waterloo Community & Family Services at 519-745-4215.