A community garden has sprouted in the Colonial Terrace neighbourhood. Along with the rows of peppers, tomatoes and herbs, comes a feeling of community that is growing right along with them.
Along with the rows of peppers, tomatoes and herbs, comes a feeling of community that is growing right along with them.
Started by a group of women in the neighbourhood, and supported through United Way’s 2013 Neighbourhood Development Grant, this project soon energized the entire community.
Picking fresh vegetables from the garden became a ritual that people could do together – it became a safe place where neighbours could grow together.
Soon came the idea of turning this patch of soil into an inspiring co-operative social enterprise – they began making homemade jerk sauce! The Ladies First Colonial Jerk Sauce is now sold to raise funds and support scholarship programs for neighbourhood girls.
“All of us felt really proud!” said Pauline, a resident in the neighbourhood. “It sends a message to the younger girls in the neighbourhood, that whatever ideas you have, just go for it. Put your heart into it!”
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