Idea Exchange, Preston | July 1, 2017
Oh how our garden grows! In the summer of 2015, staff and members of the Preston community planted a vegetable, herb and pollinator (flower) garden in the backyard at Idea Exchange Preston. The goal of the garden is to give children in the community the opportunity to learn about growing their own food, healthy eating and nature. We also hope that developing the backyard green space will give our members an opportunity to enjoy our services in an outdoor setting.
June 6, 2015 was our first planting day event where families learned about our garden and helped us plant. Since that day, we have held many programs out in the garden; storytimes, art programs, and even special Garden Games programs. We’ve had many special guests join us too! Members from the Preston Community Garden Association and Cambridge Pollinator Preserve, and a facilitator from Healthy Beginnings have come to share their knowledge with the children in our programs. You can read more about our Plant A Seed Garden Extravaganza and related programs at the Plant a Seed and See What Grows Foundation's blog.
While our garden is small, we have harvested some of the fruits of our labour. The children have enjoyed tasting the herbs, lettuce and peppers. The rhubarb and the stevia herb (which is sweet) have been big hits with the kids. On two occasions, Preston members were invited to fill a paper bag with lettuce, spinach, kale, cabbage leaves and herbs to take home for supper. Our latest harvest has been a few ripe tomatoes (with many more green ones on the vine) and green onions.
Join us in our garden any time to enjoy the flowers, snack on some herbs or just to sit in the shade and read.
We have many people in the community to thank for their support of our new garden project. A big thank you to:
- TD Friends of the Environment Foundation
- Cambridge Garden Centre
- Colour Paradise Greenhouses
- Seeds of Diversity
- Preston Community Garden Association
- Dairy Queen (King St. W, Preston)
- Cambridge Pollinator Preserve members
Also, thank you to all of the volunteers who have helped us care for the garden.