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Building Stronger
and Healthier
As the Produce Availability Initiative team worked with
communities to make produce more available, it soon became
clear that people were harvesting more than vegetables and
fruits from their projects.
Out in the gardens, people started feeling energized and inspired to try
growing new vegetables each year. In the schools, teachers reported
that children were starting to ask for vegetables and fruits and noticed
students get along better when they’ve had a healthy lunch.
Plans for better greenhouses and bigger community gardens
began to take root as new and confident leaders rallied
support from their community members.
“This program has been a great success for our
community. Our children are involved and they
go out there all excited to be planting vegetables
during the winter. It’s a big success that they’ll
always remember.”
Resident, Ahousaht First Nation