Hope Grows

Author: Glencore Canada | Date: 22/05/2017

Growing your own food can be rewarding in many ways. Gardening has been found to be a calming hobby, one that eases stress, provides gentle exercise, and offers an opportunity to get out and take in some sun and fresh air. There’s an environmental benefit, too: growing food locally tends to have a smaller carbon footprint than buying vegetables from the store. But above all, gardening is an inexpensive and sustainable way for families to secure highly nutritious vegetables, fruits and herbs, something that could make a big difference in their health and nutrition at the end of the day.

But gardening requires space that not everyone has easy access to. This is especially the case for people with lower incomes who often live in apartment buildings or shelters with limited to no green space.

Seeing an opportunity to fulfill a need for many in the city, the Timmins Economic Development Corporation (TEDC) started a community garden in 2010. There, people could come together and grow fruits and vegetables on small reserved plots. The Timmins Community Garden has now grown to include 86 garden plots, all of which benefit from the installation of permanent water lines, which Glencore Kidd Operations was proud to finance through its sponsorship of the garden project.

This summer, TEDC took a big step toward fulfilling the intentions of the project: it handed the Timmins Community Garden over to the Anti-hunger Coalition of Timmins (ACT). ACT is a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization that seeks to cultivate a food-secure community where all residents have the resources to access and prepare healthy food. ACT intends to move the project forward with a goal of empowering individuals by providing opportunities to grow, share and consume locally-grown produce. With the main infrastructure already in place and covered, the community garden will be able to operate with little costs to manage but sees big prospects ahead.

“This is a fantastic example of the sustainable community projects that Glencore Kidd Operations are all too happy to participate in,” says Carole Belanger, Communications and Community Relations Coordinator at Kidd Operations. “Helping people help themselves in such an essential way no doubt has a positive trickle-down effect.”