Watch our garden grow
On a beautiful sunny spring day an organic vegetable garden was planted in the rear parking lot adjacent to the daycare playground. The garden was made possible by a “Growth, Understanding and Ministry” (G.U.M.) grant from the Anglican Diocese of Montreal and a generous donation from one of our wonderful parishioners.
The produce grown is being donated to Dorval Community Aid (DCA), a local support organization that among other services provides emergency food aid to Dorval residents. We have an established relationship with DCA and we regularly donate non-perishable food items to them; now we are able to donate fresh organic produce, which is difficult for organizations such as DCA to obtain for their clients. DCA is only a 10-minute walk from the church, making transporting the produce very easy. Starting an organic vegetable garden seemed like a good way to support the community in addition to being a way to live into the Fifth Mark of Mission of the Anglican Communion, “to strive to safeguard the integrity of Creation, and Sustain and Renew the life of the Earth.” Growing food locally decreases “food miles,” and thus use of fossil fuels. Urban gardens also provide natural places for urban pollinators.
Urban Seedling, a Montreal organization that specializes in edible landscaping and organic vegetable gardens installed the garden and conducted a workshop for children of the CPE Dorval Childcare Centre, the wonderful daycare that operates on our site; the children learned that vegetables need sunlight, water, and healthy soil to grow, that many bugs are good for the garden, and that roots go down into the ground while leaves grow up towards the sun; with the assistance of the Urban Seedlings staff, some of the children planted proudly planted the seedlings. The daycare, an essential partner in the garden project, is watering and maintaining the garden on weekdays, enabling the children to be involved in the growing process. Members of the parish care for the garden on weekends. Our first harvest, we delivered 13 produce bags of fresh lettuces, swiss chard, spinach, and bok choy to DCA! And since then we've brought lots of green beans, pole beans, carrots, and onions. The kids especially had fun yanking the carrots out of the ground.