September 5, 2019

Peel schools volunteers share the smile with community garden

​​​This summer, a team of staff members at the HJA Brown Education Centre volunteered their time in exchange for smiles. These volunteers spent their entire summer planting, nurturing and growing a wide variety of vegetables at The Old Britannia Schoolhouse garden to give back to local food banks.

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It all started with an email from Chair of the Board, Stan Cameron, inviting staff members at the HJA Brown Education Centre to join him on this summer project.

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"I've long wanted to do this with schools in my own community [Caledon]. Our schools have wonderful spaces and this has always been an amazing lesson about gardening, growing and giving for our students but it's difficult to find volunteers throughout the summer. However, many of our Peel fam at the HJA Brown Education Centre were here during the summer so I thought why not," says Stan Cameron, chair of the board.

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These volunteers planted an abundance of vegetables, including tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, onions, radishes, green beans, peas, zucchini and squash. All the crops were donated and delivered to local food banks, including The Exchange and Eden Food for Change.

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"With a team of 25 volunteers, we were able to design a summer schedule of different departments to share the workload. Facilities got us some water barrels and gardening utensils so our volunteers could weed and water as time allowed for them," says Cameron. "I am so proud of this team of caring, concerned and giving volunteers. I hope our volunteers feel good about their kind-hearted efforts to help others who may not have what they have."

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