Grow A Row – this popular program that one can find in many Canadian communities across our lands is still thriving down here at SRG, thanks to the support of our volunteers, District of Sooke and the community. Our 2014 grow a row coordinator was Paula McCormick; her 2nd year at the gardens. Her volunteers support her. In 2014 over 3400 lbs. was grown, harvested and distributed to the hungry in the Sooke area.Harvest Program – Summer 2014
With a 2014 spring community grant from the District of Sooke, Sooke Food CHI was able to install and outfit a wonderful new donated welded aluminum harvest shed – where harvested food can be kept food safe until distribution the next day. As well the SRG sharing food gardens programs got three stainless steel sinks donated whereby the cleaning of vegetables can now be done with plumbed sinks, and proper drainage. The grant also allowed Food CHI to contract Erin Newell, a part time harvest coordinator for close to 4 months to implement a number of best harvesting practices while training and supporting other garden harvest volunteers.Wanna Feel Good? – Volunteer with Grow a Row!Gardening by volunteers continues most weeks throughout the winter months, and as weather permits some of the winter crops are harvested and shared. Volunteers like to be out at SRG during the winter months, getting involved with easy garden tasks, start planning seed selections, and visioning what to plant where. Please call Paula (250 642 5572) should you wish to come out on a Wed or Sunday afternoon for a few hours. Share a cup of tea by the fire pit in the all-weather gazebo. Find out what makes this place tick.