Here in Vaughan, there are plenty of reasons to get out your trowels, topsoil and gardening gloves. The warmer weather means that spring is here and it’s time to get gardening.
Gardening is a popular pastime, and many gardeners take great pride in their vegetable patches and flowerbeds. While many people may have a garden at home, we’re wondering if you’ve ever considered volunteering at a community garden.
Why community gardens?
There are many benefits to community gardens:
- Enhanced community image
- Enhanced civic engagement
- Increased business activity for local suppliers
- Improved environment through controlled temperature, noise and pollution
- Opportunities for protecting and promoting biodiversity
- Opportunities for physical activity and healthier living
- Opportunities for healthy local and affordable food
If you’re a student, it’s good experience and a fun way to collect your volunteer hours. If you’re an experienced gardener, it’s a channel for you to share your garden expertise. And if you don’t know anything at all about gardening, come volunteer at a community garden in Vaughan and learn how to nurture the earth and grow delicious fruits, vegetables and beautiful flowers.
#VaughanGardens Twitter chat: learn more
To celebrate gardening season and encourage residents to get outdoors and participate, the City of Vaughan is hosting the #VaughanGardens Ask the Expert Twitter Chat on Monday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
This is your chance to ask the experts from the Environmental Sustainability office your questions about starting or joining a community garden. Follow @City_of_Vaughan on Twitter and the hashtag #VaughanGardens. More information about the Twitter chat is available on the City of Vaughan website.
CONTEST ALERT: Sprout-A-Garden Facebook Photo Contest
The City is also running the Sprout-A-Garden Photo Contest on Facebook. All you have to do is submit a picture of your garden to be entered to win one of three $40 gift cards for gardening tools and supplies.
Not an experienced gardener? No problem! Submit a photo of your vegetable or flower garden at any stage — whether you have fresh soil in your flower beds or little sprouts, seedlings, flowers or fruit. If you garden at home or in the community, this contest is for you.
We’re always interested in your feedback. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about this contest, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you at one of Vaughan’s community gardens!
Tracy Wright, MPhil Env.
Environmental Sustainability Office
If you’re undecided about participating in a community garden, please share why by commenting below: