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Ignatius gardens for Syrian Refugees in Guelph, Ontario

guelphThe small plot section was buzzing.

A portion of the produce from many of them will go into hampers for Syrian refugee families.

By Bob O’Flanagan
Guelph Today
May 26, 2016


Deshpande said community gardeners are working together to provide fresh harvest to recently settled Syrian families.

Ignatius Farm director Heather Lekx will oversee the donation of surplus production, and Bob Moore, who coordinates food donations for Lakeside Hope House will facilitate the distribution of the produce, Deshpande explained.

He said that Jim Estill, the CEO of Danby who is personally sponsoring the settlement of 50 Syrian families, knew that Deshpande was part of the community garden program and asked him about the possibility of a vegetable share.

“I approached Heather Lekx and found a willing community of gardeners,” Deshpande said in an email. “(It) was initiated by Jim Estill but embraced by all the players involved, gardeners, Ignatius and Hope House.”

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