Growing Communities

About Growing Communities

Food insecurity is at an all time high. Thousands of individuals and families in Niagara are struggling more than ever to afford healthy food – a basic necessity to live well. We know that eating healthy, culturally appropriate food, plays a significant role in our overall health and well-being. That’s why we created the Growing Communities initiative, that works to increase access to healthy food for everyone.

Together, we are working to build stronger, healthier communities, promote food security and food literacy, reduce the effects of poverty, and expand our social and environmental impacts in Niagara.

How we’re doing it:

United Way Niagara is proud to fund and facilitate two bustling garden hubs in the Niagara region. These growing hubs produce a wide variety of fresh food that is distributed to programs and people in need across Niagara. The Garden Hubs are also a place where community members can come together to learn about food literacy including nutrition and cooking knowledge and making improved food decisions.

The first Garden Hub, in partnership with Niagara College Canada (NC), broke ground in June 2022 and is located at NC’s Daniel J. Patterson Campus in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The garden currently boasts 37 raised garden beds, a greenhouse and a wash station. In its inaugural growing season, over 1,200 pounds of fresh produce was harvested and shared in community.

In partnership with Absolute Change Management, United Way has established a second 2-acre Garden Hub on donated land in Vineland to grow and provide more healthy, fresh produce to support food security projects and initiatives in Niagara – getting more food in the hands of those who need it most.

Get involved

You can get involved and support the Garden Hubs in a number of ways.

To make a gift: You can make a secure online donation now and receive an instant tax receipt, call in a credit card donation to 905-688-5050, or you can give by mail to United Way Niagara at 63 Church St. Suite LC1, St. Catharines ON, L2R 3C4.  *Please include “Vineland Garden Hub” for both online or mail donations to ensure your gift is designated to this project.

Sponsorship or in-kind support: You can support the garden through a variety of levels of financial contribution or in-kind donations of supplies, tools, soil or seeds. A gift can be as little or as large as you wish, and always comes with the feeling of satisfaction of helping maintain a valuable community asset.

Volunteer: Whether you are an individual, family, workplace or group, we can use your help! Volunteers are needed to help maintain the garden on a regular basis. You can volunteer one time or on a regular basis. There are opportunities for everyone. Please submit an online interest form and one of our staff members will be in touch!

View all of our current sponsorship opportunities 
We are grateful for any level of support!
For more information on United Way’s Garden Hubs, please send us a message!