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Growing Community: Engaging Youth through Gardening

An Ontario 150 Grant Summary


The 2017 Ontario150 Youth Partnership Program was an opportunity for Ontario youth to participate in their communities in ways that would reflect their creativity, cultural expression, diversity, environmental stewardship, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement.

St. John’s Meadow Cemetery Quiet Garden

St. John's Meadow Cemetery

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St. John’s Anglican Church South March, is a small, well-maintained limestone church on the periphery of Ottawa, Canada that was first established in 1832. It is located on a large parcel of land and has an adjacent heritage cemetery as well as a newer one. Now it is located in the miSt. John's Meadow Cemetery Garden htm_html_2d8230b840e4df43dst of suburban Kanata. Large sugar maples were planted in the old cemetery many years ago and they help to create a park land that is a peaceful place to walk. Many of the graves are lovingly tended.  

Tucker House Youth Garden | Jardin-Jeune de la Maison Tucker

Tucker House Youth Garden

Tucker House is one of three youth gardens in Ottawa participating in Faith & The Common Good’s “Growing Community” Garden program funded by Ontario 150 Youth Partnership Program. Tucker House is located in Rockland, ON. This centre focuses on environmental teaching and host Summer Camps for kids and teenagers. Over spring and summer, the kids learned about, created and took care of the gardens. Below is the testimonial of one of the young gardener, Erin Whittingham.

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Current Projects in Ottawa

We are excited to have participated in Canada’s and Ontario’s 150th anniversary in 2017 through the Ontario 150 Youth Partnership Program. Growing Community: Engaging Diverse Youth to Strengthen Ontario’s Tapestry of Urban Gardens (Growing Community) engaged young people from diverse faith and cultural backgrounds to design, plant, and maintain urban gardens across the province. This initiative featured the creation of 8 urban gardens in Ottawa, Toronto, and Halton. In Toronto, native plant gardens have been established at Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue, Manor Road United Church, and the International Muslim Organization of Toronto (IMO). The approach in Halton was to engage youth...
Greening Sacred Spaces (GSS) is our longest-running program. A practical program, GSS assists faith communities with both the educational and spiritual dimensions of greening as well as the “how to” side of audits, retrofits and generally reducing a faith community’s footprint. We have developed a number of resources to help faith groups become community leaders in working towards a more sustainable future for all. Click on the links below to find out more about our: videos and webinars, case studies, posters, guides, tip sheets, building audits, energy benchmarking, certification, awards   Visit your local chapter page or contact your local...


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