This summer, the Mattawa Family Health Team (FHT) decided to utilize unused space on the property to start a small community garden. “This is the first year for the garden, and so far things have been growing well,” says Jenna, dietitian at the Family Health Team who coordinates the garden. “We are starting off with growing some staples like tomatoes, peppers, onions, radishes, lettuce, and lots of different herbs (sage, parsley, basil, stevia, chives, thyme, and oregano), and really just wanting to see how things grow in this space.”
Part of the harvest will be donated to the food bank and other organizations in town, along with recipes to spark some ideas on what to cook with the herbs and veggies. The FHT has also collaborated with a few organizations in town to host cooking and gardening workshops, including the Metis Nation of Ontario, the Mattawa and Area Food Bank, and the Mental Health Support Centre.