My time at Greener Village is almost finished for another summer 😦
While I was writing yesterday, I got a little nostalgic and ended up really looking back into how far the centre has come along since its move. I decided it would make an excellent post; gathering our past with pride and pursuing our future with passion.
We moved to this location in May 2012 (our first open day was the 28th of May 2012). Lots of clean up and renovations had to be done around the property so there wasn’t any gardening happening that first summer (I honestly don’t even know how much work had to be done). My first visit to the food bank was with a food drive in January 2013; I was amazed by the vision and goals that were set for the location. The teaching kitchen was barely started and the garden space and greenhouses were buried in snow, but I knew I wanted to be part of the project.
Before I began as a summer student last year, I was a volunteer in the gardens. We accomplished so more with the gardens last year, than I ever thought possible. I’m very thankful that I was able to return this year and continue to contribute to the growth of the gardens and this community.
I’ve gotten to meet so many unique and fantastic people while working in the gardens. Everyone has a story to share and I’ve been lucky enough to hear countless ones. Everyone brings something different to the gardens and leaves with something different.
In my first year, I came here missing my family farm and working in the great outdoors. I left feeling like I had found a new home and I was happy to find out that I loved gardening, not because it was what we did to have food as a child, but because I enjoyed planning, planting, growing, and sharing the harvest.
I came back this year eager to plant again, but I didn’t really expect there to be much difference from the year before; maybe a few more beds and a few more workable rows in the greenhouse. Boy, was I wrong! A second greenhouse fully planted and growing, six new raised beds, the community garden off to an impressive start, and lots of things ready to start up next year.
So, this year, I’m leaving with projects and dreams for next year. I’m taking a stronger knowledge base with me and I have things I want to come back and accomplish.
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Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul.
– Dorothy Day