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.