The Food Security Program provides opportunities for immigrant, refugee and low income families to increase their food security through multicultural cooking groups and community garden activities. DIVERSEcity’s Food Security Program is comprised of the Community Kitchen Program, the Hazelnut Meadows and the Lionel Courchene Growing Roots Community Gardens Program. The FSKG program offers specialized learning opportunities and activities for parents with children aged 0 to 6 years, children aged 6 to 12 years, youth and seniors.
The Hazelnut Meadows and Lionel Courchene Growing Roots Community Garden Programs
The Hazelnut Meadows Community Garden Program, located at 140th Street and 68th Avenue offers 80 plots, a greenhouse, and an orchard.
The Lionel Courchene Growing Roots Community garden is located at 9839 155 Street and has 21 garden plots, a composting bin and a community tool shed.
Both Garden programs provide opportunities for participants to grow food to supplement their diets and assist with lowering the cost of healthy, organically grown fruits and vegetables. Participants learn about growing produce suitable for Canadian climates, seed saving, organic gardening, introduction of natural means of pollination and pest control, green house gardening, composting, and Canadian growing cycles.
The majority of plots in the Garden are registered to immigrant, refugee, and low income families, with some plots registered to established Canadian families. This arrangement provides opportunities for cultural exchange and sharing events, community building and promotes understanding with integration as an outcome. The ability to grow one’s own food and the ability to feed family and friends supports self-reliance and independence.
Community Garden Program Coordinator Sasikala Sridar at 604-547-1378 or via mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Food Security Program receives funding from the United Way of the Lower Mainland and the Province of British Columbia through BC Gaming Grants.