Fire and police join forces to grow an edible garden

Fire and police join forces to grow an edible garden

Fresh produce to be donated to local charity food programs in the fall

Green-thumbed employees of the North Bay Fire and Emergency Services and the North Bay Police Service have joined forces to “Grow a Row” for those in need this summer. Raised beds have been installed outside Fire Station One along Ferguson Street in order to plant and grow vegetables. In the fall, all harvested produce will be donated to the North Bay Food Bank, The Gathering Place Community Soup Kitchen and the local chapter of The Salvation Army.

Media photo-op invitation
Media are invited to join us for the launch of the edible garden outside Fire Station One along Ferguson Street on Friday June 10th at 1:30 p.m.

The North Bay Heritage Gardeners and the North Bay and Area Community Garden Coalition planted the seed for this edible garden by inviting local fire and police services to join other local organizations, such as the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit and the City of North Bay, to take part in the “Grow a Row” program.

What is Grow a Row?
The North Bay and Area Community Garden Coalition runs the Grow a Row program, modelled on other similar programs across the country, to promote edible landscapes in urban areas and to teach community members how to grow food. The program also works to bridge the gap between those growing food and those who have limited access to fresh produce. Participants are encouraged to grow a row of vegetables or fruit in their backyard gardens, containers or planter boxes and share the harvest with neighbours in need, by donating the produce to local food banks and meal programs.

Thank you to Rebuilt Resources and North Bay Police Association
The organizers of this “Grow a Row” edible garden would like to thank Rebuilt Resources for their generous donation towards building materials for the raised beds. We also thank the North Bay Police Association for their donation towards plants, seeds and soil.