Global Roots Garden

Organization Sponsor: CultureLink Settlement Services


Program Description

The Global Roots Garden is an  intergenerational project in partnership with The Stop Community Food Centre  to learn gardening, cooking and environmental skills.  Youth work with senior newcomers to grow their own community gardens and harvest the vegetables too! Participants also get to learn about nutrition, and get to share healthy recipes and recipes of different cultural origins.

The program runs on Mondays at The Stop’s Green Barn (map) from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, April to October. Snacks and TTC tokens are provided.

Program Approximate Cost: 

All members of the community are welcome to join.

Strategies For Sustainability: 

In the social services field specializing in serving newcomer clients since 1988, CultureLink has evolved into an energetic and professional organization. CultureLink provides settlement services to newcomer clients and their families, and arranges, coordinates, monitors, evaluates, and advocates for a package of multiple services to meet clients’ specific and complex needs.

Outdoor activities help keep us healthy and happy. Exercise, enjoying some fresh air, and getting to know your city are all important activities for newcomers. At CultureLink, we strive to introduce newcomers to the great opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, in every season.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

Newly arrived immigrants tend to be extremely healthy, but the health advantage dissipates rapidly for many in their early settlement years in Canada. For immigrants, the integration process can be either a positive, healthy process or a negative experience that leads to additional stress, depression, isolation and other health consequences. These stresses can be compounded by an overall lack of physical activity and the isolating effects of Canadian winters – especially for newcomers.

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