by Nicolas Carpentier
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Unitarian Church of Montreal
The fall season is when you reap what you have sown and this is exactly what the Sun Youth Summer Camp did.
With the support of the TD Bank and the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, a project called The Little TD Garden was created at the Sun Youth summer camp in the Laurentians. Using a $5,000 grant, Sun Youth planted a vegetable garden to introduce children to gardening in a very hands-on fashion.
Campers took an active role in caring for the garden. Most of the vegetables were used in meals for campers. Children could see (and, most of all, taste) the direct impact of their work. The Little TD Garden was very generous all through the summer, so the extra vegetables were donated to a local food bank.
“By creating The Little TD Garden, we were able to teach our campers the importance of working together to protect the environment and giving back to the community,” camp director Johanne Saltarelli said. “This vegetable garden provided the children with an enriching and educational experience they might not otherwise have had access to.”