The Fruitful Harvest Community Garden grows produce for the purpose of donating it to the food bank operated by the Grimsby Benevolent Fund.
In our growing and giving we want to express our love for our community. In growing healthy, nutritious food, we seek to provide clients of the food bank with healthy food choices.
The community garden was initiated by members of Covenant Canadian Reformed Church and is located on the church property at the corner of Mud St. and Wolverton Rd.
The idea of a community garden came both from a desire to use the large property of our country church in a productive way that benefited those in need in our local community and as a means of expressing our love for our community in a tangible way.
The idea for a garden took shape as we looked locally at the needs that exist within our own community. The Grimsby Benevolent Fund identified a need for fresh produce and also a focus within their organization to promote healthy eating. While food bank clients have access to many packaged and boxed foods, fresh produce is a healthy, but often a less available option. As a church community with strong ties to agriculture, landscaping and growing backyard gardens, the development of a community garden was a natural fit. The garden continues to run through the work of volunteers and by donations.
In the second year of growing, we expanded our vision for promoting healthy eating and for expressing love for our community by hosting free cooking classes for clients of the food bank. The classes are hosted at the Covenant Church kitchen, using recipes that include produce grown in the garden. The classes have been an opportunity for learning, enjoying fellowship, and, of course, eating delicious food!
While this project began by members of Covenant church, we want to encourage community involvement. We have benefited from the donations and support of both community businesses and community residents and encourage you to contact us if you would like to get involved!