Urban agriculture project engages Saskatoon youth, benefits community
The Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre launched the fifth growing season of its Garden Patch project on Wednesday, June 4. From left: Urban agriculture manager Brit MacDonald, youth internship coordinator Terri Lynn Paulson and Garden Patch coordinator Janna Perry. Photo by Jacob Morgan.
Last year, more than 500 Garden Patch volunteers helped generate around 19,000 pounds of produce for the organization.
Jun 4, 2014
In addition to getting technical experience down in the dirt, she explained that growing plants together is a great way for the youth to learn how to work as a team.
“That can be a pretty formative experience,” said Paulson.
Each intern will receive training in such life skills as writing a résumé, standing out in an interview and, of course, preparing the vegetables they harvest.
Brit MacDonald, a community developer and the urban agriculture manager with the food bank, says other new undertakings for the fifth season include a seed-saving initiative and a compost study.
But the Garden Patch is also continuing to beautify the city with its roughly 1.5-acre site in the 900 block of 3rd Avenue North as well as serve those in need.
“It’s part of our commitment to provide fresh nutritious food and healthy food in our food hampers,” said MacDonald.