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St. Paul’s Centre Joins Orillia Community Gardens Movement

Kathie` Joblin

By Kathie` Joblin

St. Paul’s Centre is pleased to be joining with Orillia Community Gardens in developing community gardens on Peter Street and off Coldwater Road. “These gardens are a small contribution by St. Paul’s to a greener Orillia and a sharing of creation’s abundance,” says Ted Reeve, minister at St. Paul’s.

Jacob Kearey Moreland, coordinator of the Orillia Community Gardens, welcomes St. Paul’s recent sprouting into the mix of community gardens around town. Each garden is unique and offers opportunities for participation in growing and sharing healthy food for all. “I am excited to wander down Peter Street and see food and friendships growing where they previously weren’t.

Audrey Bayens is the lead gardener at the St. Paul’s site. It was her idea to ask the folks at Kubota if they had any equipment crates that could be re-purposed as planters and which they willingly agreed to donate. Using her small pick-up truck, good soil was acquired during free compost week from the city. The kids of St. Paul’s were recruited to help plant the vegetables and a printer friend of Audrey’s donated the sign. Audrey’s infectious enthusiasm for the garden will no doubt encourage the healthy growth of the plants.

The Audrey Hepburn quote that serves as an inspiration for the garden was offered by Streets Alive organizer Leslie Fournier:
As you grow older,
you will discover that
you have two hands;
one for helping yourself,
the other for helping others.

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