Therapeutic Benefits of Working at the Market Garden – A Volunteer’s Perspective

This morning I went to the farm alone. It was the first time I was totally alone here. Moving through this place I have come to know in the past moths, I see it as completely new – as I move through it now at this relaxed pace. In the past months I have spent here, I have come to know the market garden as a place of productivity. Time matters. Hours matter. Days matter. Minutes matter. Efficiency, planning, and mindfulness carefully keep the market garden in operation. Timing here is not only limited to how much a human can…

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A bit about Growing Eden

Like the Market Garden and Garden Club at the Pearson Hospital, Growing Eden is very special and unique in its own way. This is a place primarily for children and their families to be together in the garden. Connected to Family Place, an ‘Early Years’ family support and parenting centre, a non-profit organization offering programs and services to families with children. Family Place  is similar to a drop-in preschool, where children are accompanied by their parents and participate in storey telling, arts and crafts, singing, snacks and other creative endeavours. (Learn more here) In the old parking lot of Family Place…

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Green Monster & Fruit Punch Season at Garden Club

The gardens are in full swing at George Pearson Centre. This week during Garden Club, in the Pearson Resident’s therapeutic gardens, we harvested multiple heirloom varieties of apples, beans, peas, mint, kale, zucchinis, and carrots. We tested out two new harvest smoothie recipes: Green Monster and Fruit Punch. Green Monster won best colour. Fruit Punch? Best taste, hands down! See recipes below. Pearson residents have flowers blooming everywhere in the garden here, from sweet peas to verbena, roses, cosmos, double cosmos, and many more! It’s a joy every Tuesday 1-3pm throughout the growing & harvest season making bouquets, sipping smoothies, and…

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Growing Eden: Painting with Beets

This Thursday was a blast in our South Vancouver Growing Eden garden. The kids picked beets and we made beet paint. Paint got everywhere: the ground, our hands and faces, basically anything in sight. Through it all the kids learned about growing beets, ate beets, and made the most brilliant colours you ever did see. Moms cleaned up the garlic harvest and prepared baskets of groceries to take home. Everyone went home with fully bellies of barbecued veggie and chicken skewers, potato salad and garden salad that we ate together under the dappled shade of the trees. Find out more about…

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