Community projects take root in Peterborough with funding from United Way’s new Neighbourhood Fund

May 14, 2018

People are nurtured through food and that’s exactly what Caroline Smith wants to do at Leta Brownscombe Co-operative Homes in Peterborough.

The non-profit housing provider recently received $5,000 through the United Way of Peterborough and District’s new Neighbourhood Fund to develop a community garden. A centre courtyard at the Milroy Drive housing complex will be transformed into the Wild Eats Courtyard to give residents a chance to grow  their food.

“You nurture people through food. Parents do it with their children and we’re doing it with our community with this garden. We are nurturing our community through food,” says Smith, resident and co-manager of the Wild Eats Courtyard project.

She adds residents of the 80-unit co-operative will take responsibility for planting and caring for the garden. Wooden plant boxes will be created to hold various vegetables, edible flowers and herbs, says Smith.

“We want them to snip some lemon grass or take some echinceia and make a tea. We want them to dry thyme for winter or dry some rosemary or use cilantro for a beautiful chutney for a potluck,” says Smith.

The project is one of 12, grassroots-community endeavours, that recently received money from the United Way’s new Neighbourhood Fund. Lisa Smith, director of philanthropic impact, says $25,000 was made available for groups to apply for.

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