Growing Health was a pilot project to connect recipients of mental health services, and their families, with experienced gardeners and nature experiences.
Project participants planned and grew vegetable gardens in the Pippy Park area of St. John’s. Growing Health also hosted a range of related activities, workshops, and opportunities.
Through this project we hoped to impart coping strategies and tools for increasing mental health by utilizing the documented benefits of gardening, and the satisfaction and self sufficiency of growing food. Participants contributed to the planning, planting, weeding, maintaining, harvesting, preparing and eating the bounty of the community garden.
The Growing Health project was sponsored by Nature NL, The Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice, The Home Depot Canada Foundation, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Eastern Mental Health, THRIVE and The Wellness Coalition- Avalon East, and was coordinated by Julie Huntington.