Vote for Neighbour to Neighbour Community Gardens in Hamilton
May 28, 2011 § Leave a comment
Have you heard about this? There is still two weeks (deadline June 14) to vote for the Keg’s Anniversary Thanks a Million Grant Program. They are going to award one million dollars among 40 winners across various Keg communities – that’s $25,000 each.
Neighbour to Neighbour would like to win your support in order to establish some community gardens across Hamilton. The winner will be announced June 29th. Let’s make this happen for our city! Vote! Vote!
“1 in 5 people fall under the poverty line in Hamilton Ontario. These people have a very difficult time providing the basic items for their families such as food. The Neighbour to Neighbour Community Gardens will help these people to feed their families. Neighbour to Neighbour has been in food access for 25 years and we have had a community garden during that time.
Neighbour to Neighbour partners with other organizations such as churches, schools and cultural groups to host the sites. Neighbour to Neighbour then provides all the start up items required to grow a community garden such as plants , seeds, soil , lumber , rain barrels , tools , equipment , sheds , etc. The host site provides volunteers and water. Neighbour to Neighbour then refers their clients to the community gardens closest to their home. By increasing the number of community garden plots we will be able to serve more people in need closer to their own neighbourhoods.
Currently Neighbour to Neighbour has 5 organizations waiting to have a garden created at their site. 2 schools , 2 churches and one cultural group are wanting to start a garden. We have already completed the planning stages, once we have the items we will have a planting day where we will organize groups of people to create the gardens at the sites. Planting will happen the same day. All gardens will be starting off small and working on a long range sustainable plan to grow.
This whole program will last during growing season. In November, harvesting season will occur and the program will be over for the year. The gardens will be here next year , and with all the equipment needed and seed saving techniques , we will be ready to go. The grant money will be use 100% for gardening equipment for 5 new gardens. This will break down to $5,000. Per garden.”