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‘Like finding a treasure’: Community garden grows work opportunities in St. John’s, Newfoundland

The Transition Employment team at the Elaine Dobbin Centre shows off its potato harvest. (Krissy Holmes/CBC)

“I find it a bit hard, but it’s good work for me,” says Transitions Employment Program client

By Marilyn Boone
CBC News
Oct 23, 2016


“Everything you can see — the fencing, the beds, the garden plots — have all been made by my transitions kids who are here to learn about work.”

The community garden has grown to 40 beds, producing berries and vegetables, as well as spuds. Some of the produce is used at the Pantry cafe inside the Elaine Dobbin Centre, and four beds of potatoes go to a food bank at Bridges to Hope.

“Horticultural therapy” is how Marshall described it.

“It’s hard to link people into the community so, we have almost eight acres of land, and we figured we need to create our own work opportunities,” she said.

“It started small with a couple of garden plots, and then we needed a fence and then someone thought let’s make an orchard and it just every year grows and grows.”

Read the complete article here.