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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Lakehead Community Gardens Has Opened

Orillia | by Ken Hashizume  

The gardens will be a collective space for youth, adults and seniors.

Things will be growing out at the Orillia Campus of Lakehead University.

The campus officially opened the Lakehead Community Gardens at the back of the campus yesterday (TUE).

There was the planting of seeds plus activities for the children.

There was also a cheque presentation from the United Way of Simcoe Muskoka for $2,500.

Aboriginal Initiatives Coordinator Allysha Wassegijig says it is a collective space for youth, adults, and seniors.

She says people from all backgrounds come together to learn and grow food.

Wassegijig says this will give high school students an opportunity to complete their volunteer hours.

She says they can learn from indigenous knowledge keepers and other academics about environmental sustainability, leadership skills, traditional knowledge, and business.

Wassegijig says the gardens will be home to the Orillia Community Garden where people can sign up to grow vegetables and plants.

She says there is also a medicine wheel garden which is a teaching space, and a three sisters garden which is in partnership with the Orillia Women's Group.

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