Gardeners shared their favourite foods with others including spicy samosas, three bean salad, chick pea curries, tuna sandwiches, spring rolls, cape gooseberries, local grapes, coconut cake and chocolate-covered pound cake. Each plate of delicious food reflected the wonderful cultural diversity of the gathering.
There was more than plenty to go around, and some of the dishes included produce from the gardens!
But there was more than just eating, as important as eating is.
After the meal, partiers played a game of ice-breaking bingo and answered gardening skill-testing questions for kitchen and garden equipment prizes. There was also a series of door prizes that every attendee had a chance to win. Ashrafi thanked Michelle Brown, CRC Housing and Community Meal Program Support Worker, for contributing the dozens of quality prizes.
Beyond the gardeners, a variety of community members also participated in the festivities, including CRC program participants, former volunteers, and some folks from the Regent Park Farmers Market. As party-goers left 40 Oaks for the night they were serenaded by Inspired Souls, CRC’s House Band.
Though the party may be over, harvesting at the Regent Park community gardens will continue for another few weeks.
All of the community gardeners grow and harvest vegetables at one of five allotment garden sites scattered throughout Regent Park. Ashrafi Ahmed, CRC Community Gardens Facilitator, coordinates three of the garden sites while the other two are coordinated by Olivia Rojas, Community Development Worker at Regent Park Community Health Centre. Ashrafi and Olivia came together to plan the celebration that would connect the groups of gardeners and the wider community.
By Michael Waglay, Placement Student from the Community Worker Program at George Brown College