We Find Community Within Our Garden

We have lived in Wildwood for 5 years now and are already on our second house, which to me is the sign of a great neighbourhood since we don’t want to leave. We couldn’t be happier with friends nearby, Little Monday Café, a library to bike to, a great playschool to meet little friends, a local school the kids can walk to, soccer, tennis, ice skating and a community garden to grow food in. I find myself many days never getting in my car and leaving the neighbourhood since I have all I need right here.

I joined the Community Garden two years ago since I loved the transformation of the space and wanted to learn more. My kids had previously played in the space after playschool and parents were worried about a garden near 3 and 4 year olds. I think it turned out for the better! Now I love watching my kids explore the garden looking for painted rock ladybugs, taking a book from the Little Free Library to read, inventing games under the spruce trees, getting wet from the water spiral, playing on the wooden horse, looking for wild strawberries to eat, helping me tend the garden and balancing on all the rocks. I have noticed the adults now also love the space since we can sit around the rock benches and chat and have an occasional celebratory glass of wine (there is always lots to celebrate).

Our Community Garden has not only allowed people to grow food close to home but is also a place to enjoy the company of your neighbours and friends in a beautiful surrounding. Many people work hard and give up their free time to make the space so beautiful and to them I would like to say thank you. (See p.12 for a look back at our Community Garden Harvest Festival.) There are many wonderful people in Wildwood volunteering not only because they feel they should but because they genuinely want to. I feel lucky that my children get to grow up and make memories in such a great neighbourhood like Wildwood.

~ Rachel Sawyer, WCA Garden Lead

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