Growing their neighbourhood

Rainbow Community Garden

A community garden is growing again, and community health and spirit is growing along with it.

Working alongside newcomer families, RBC Royal Bank teamed up with Immigrant Integration & Farming Worker Co-op (IIFC) to build new garden plots and grow the Rainbow Community Garden for a United Way Day of Caring.

The expansion means even more newcomer families will now be able to grow their own fruits and vegetable, giving them access to fresh, local produce and traditional foods. But the garden means more than just a sustainable food souce – it brings community members together, sows the seeds for new friendships, and helps create a healthy neighbourhood. In just its first year, the number of families gardening with IIFC grew from 16 to 28. Today, 119 families are involved with the co-operative and another 25 families are on a waiting list for a garden plot!

Thanks to the 40-plus RBC volunteers and all of the gardeners’ families who came out to help IIFC grow their garden! Thanks also to Urban Eatin’ for coordinating the project and lending their time and gardening expertise, to CN for donating wood for garden boxes, and to Pizza Hotline, Booster Juice and Tim Hortons for providing lunch and snacks.