A new Plot to Plate program has been introduced at the George Ashe Library & Community Centre.
The program is in partnership with the Rouge Hill Seniors Club, Pickering Horticultural Society and Pickering Public Library.
The city staff applied and was successful in obtaining funding from the federal government to fund the Plot to Plate program, through the New Horizons Seniors Grant program.
Participants have the opportunity to attend workshops and tend to the community garden that was built at the George Ashe Library & Community Centre.
City of Pickering staff constructed the raised garden plots to assist residents 55+ to learn how to grow vegetables and herbs. Seniors new to gardening, or those who have not gardened in some time are welcome to get back into it. The garden plots are raised off the ground so gardening is easy and accessible. The shed will ensure that supplies are weather proof, and will be there for the team who participates next season.
Over the summer months, seniors participating will be enjoying the “fruits of their labor”, and any excess vegetables and herbs will be donated to the local food bank.
Following planting season, new sessions open to all seniors will be offered, including cooking with herbs, making jams, preserving vegetables and herbs, and preparing your garden for the winter. These sessions will be offered at George Ashe Library & Community Centre. The workshops will be open to all Pickering residents 55+, will be on a first come, first served basis, and are free of charge.
For more information on the program, contact Andrea at 905.420.2370.