A true community partnership has been formed which will have an impact on many in Thunder Bay.
The Regional Food Distribution Association which provides food for Thunder Bay Food Banks, has been looking for a way to provide fresh fruits and vegetables in an affordable and sustainable way. The RFDA approached Little Lions Waldorf Daycare suggesting a partnership that would build on Little Lions’ efforts to have a community garden that is planted and maintained by staff, children and families.
Little Lions brought this partnership request to the Finlandia Association to see if their existing community garden at Tapiola could be doubled in size and if there could be a further addition of an orchard, beehive and small livestock such as chickens and rabbits. This request was embraced by the Finlandia Association and plans are now moving forward. This produce will be distributed throughout the food banks in the city.
Rototilling of the existing garden will be completed by next week and the garden will then be planted with children and families at Little Lions Annual BBQ. The clearing of the space for the garden extension is underway. The first rabbits, named Peas and Carrots, have arrived and been welcomed by children. Apple trees have been purchased and will be planted soon. The beehive will be installed with a strong fence to ensure that it will be safe from bears. Discussion has already started about further plans such as the planting of raspberries and saskatoons.
Not only does the partnership show how much can be accomplished when community groups work together, it also aligns with other initiatives like the Healthy Kids Community Challenge which has just launched their latest theme “Choose to Boost Veggies and Fruit”. In past years, the project has also encourage the drinking of water instead of sugar sweetened beverages and active outdoor play. This latest partnership furthers all of those as well as showing how much can be accomplished when organizations work together.