Garden season is upon us!

Project SHARE’s community gardens project continues to grow with an additional 20 plots being built this May to meet the demand from our community. Thanks to funding made available through the United Way’s Special Projects/Emergency Fund, our community garden, located at Gate Alliance, will expand to help reduce the waitlist of families who were hoping for gardens this year. The funding will also assist with repairs and expansion to the existing irrigation system and supplies for our  ‘From Our Garden’ preserving program that provides our gardeners an opportunity to gain practical skills and training through our growing, harvesting and preserving classes.

The gardens are becoming increasingly important as food prices soar and people struggle to meet their family’s nutritional needs. Check out these quotes from our gardening families: 

“I have no way to grow fresh produce as I live in an apartment there is no outdoor space. I lost my job of 21 yrs recently, and I am just starting to get back on my feet with a new career.  The ability to grow so many vegetables in the garden is  a great help. This is my second year having a garden & I really look forward to it…and perhaps will depend on it more so….I hope to donate some of my harvest to Project SHARE”  Deanna

“My limited income makes visits to Project Share a necessity but my garden plots grow produce that helps a lot especially because I have an autoimmune disease. My garden is a place of sanctuary and the source of survival”. Susan

“With COVID I lost 90% of my business so I knew I had to get back to gardening if I wanted to put food on my table – I decided to get a plot at the community garden to help feed myself.   Not only has my garden helped me produce delicious vegetables for daily eating, I have been making food for the freezer.  I’ve learned so much, met great people in the garden, and the garden coordinator and her volunteers have supported any question I have had. The seminars have been wonderful, enlightening, and educational.” Angela

Project SHARE coordinates 3 community garden sites with 145 garden plots in Niagara Falls where fresh, organic produce is grown to help eliminate hunger.  Our community gardens are located at Our Lady of the Scapular Parish, The Gate Alliance Church and Westlane Secondary School,

In addition to what is grown by our gardening families, more than 5,000 pounds of produce is also distributed through Project SHARE’s emergency food program. Volunteers donate their time and experience to mentor new gardeners on how to grow healthy, organic foods without using any pesticides.