Idea

Putting Down Roots: Newcomer Youth Community Garden

David Messer Guelph Smart City Office • 24 November 2020
Teach newcomer youth learn about urban food production and build a newcomer community garden.

Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington's (ISGW) offers an annual opportunity for youth to hone their leadership skills through a community service project that benefits other members of Guelph’s newcomer community.

The focus of this year’s program will centre around urban food production and will culminate in the creation of a community garden.

Participants will attend 5 seminars, led by community partners, that will teach the skills required to cultivate a garden. In addition to acquiring these practical skills, they will also learn about the importance of urban agriculture in reducing food insecurity and increasing community resilience.

Once planned and planted, participants will be responsible for sharing the skills they’ve learned with the broader newcomer community, using the garden as a teaching space so other clients can develop the skills necessary to start their own urban agriculture projects. Participants will also implement a low-cost food market; any yield from the garden will be accessible to other ISGW clients.

We plan to enlist several local organizations (yet to be confirmed) to support us with the content delivery of the seminar portion of this program.