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Two children are sole members of the South Malahat 4-H’s Garden Club

Sheila Jones and her 11-year-old children Katie and Dominic van Oort stand amid Dominic’s Scarlet runner beans, along with strawberry plants grown by both children in the family’s backyard. The bumper crops came at the end of the van Oorts’ second year in the South Malahat 4-H garden club – a group in which they hope to welcome new members this month. Photo by Natalie North.

Kids keen to get hands dirty in BC Club

By Natalie North
Saanich News, British Columbia
January 09, 2013
(Sheila Jones worked for City Farmer in the 1980’s and helped build the Strathcona Community Garden. Mike)


Dominic van Oort likes to take a stroll around his backyard, packing strawberries, tarragon, tomatoes and other fresh herbs he’s grown into kale leaves fresh from his garden. There he has it: a homegrown snack he’s dubbed the “outdoor sandwich.”

But don’t let the 11-year-old’s zest for freshness overshadow his keen eye for all things culinary.

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Damayan Garden Project in Tallahassee, FL

Garret Hammond, Phoenix Minklei, and Kacki Schwartz volunteer for the Damayan Garden Project in the Lichgate Garden off of High Rd. in Tallahassee, FL. The Damayan Garden Project is a local nonprofit with a mission to get the community more ecological by hosting educational programs and hands-on gardening. Photo by Melina Vastola.

Damayan Garden Project raising food, nutrition awareness through community gardens

By Elizabeth M. Mack
Jan 10, 2013


There’s so much that can come from a garden — a calming hobby, quality time with friends and family, but first and foremost, nourishing food.

It’s providing avenues to nourishing food that led to the creation of the Damayan Garden Project.

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