Sowing Seeds of Hope
The North West Company Sprouts into Action to Build Two Community Gardens in Winnipeg
In just five days, more than 150 volunteer gardeners from North West hauled over 60 yards of soil, 35 yards of mulch, more than 2,000 feet of lumber and hundreds of plants and seeds to transform two urban spaces into bountiful community gardens.
“But more importantly we’ve brought together people who want to help with people who appreciate the help,” said Todd Nadeau, North West United Way Committee Co-Chair. “I’ve been overwhelmed with the enthusiasm of our staff and even more overwhelmed with the enthusiasm of the children and parents of Elwick Village.”
The community garden build was part of The North West Company’s Days of Caring in support of the United Way of Winnipeg. This is the second year in a row North West has committed to building a community garden at a Manitoba Housing Complex.
For the volunteers who participated in the week-long project, the gardens represent more than esthetic landscaping and a sustainable food source – they also embody the true value of community support.
“I often talk about the importance of giving and the impact our financial gifts have on our community but it’s not until you get into the community and literally get your hands dirty do you feel the impact of the real difference you make,” said Nadeau.
Residents at Elwick say the experience helped to instill a sense of community pride.
“This brought the community closer together and it helped to beautify the neighbourhood,” says Kim Eaton who along with her two kids, and countless other Elwick residents – young and old –
pitched in to help build the gardens each and every day.
The North West Company would like to extend a warm thank-you to the residents of Elwick for welcoming us into your community. We would also like to thank Urban Eatin’ Gardeners Worker Co-Op for your leadership and the incredible layout, design, and product selection of the gardens.