June 19, 2014 7:32 am

Organizations team up to provide fresh produce for Saskatoon


Watch above: Canadian Tire teams with CHEP to provide fresh food to the community

SASKATOON – It wasn’t the most ideal day to build a community garden but the rain didn’t stop a number people and organizations from getting their hands dirty on Wednesday.

Over 75 volunteers helped Fiskars, an American leader in the lawn and garden industry, with it’s Project Orange Thumb.

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“We go to under-served communities around Canada and around North America and this is our way as being leaders in the garden business to give back and pay it forward,” said Fiskars president Paul Tonnesen.

Canadian Tire has partnered with Fiskars since 2007.

“We’ve done Vancouver, we’ve done Calgary, we’ve done Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax and now Saskatoon,” said Michael Magennis, Canadian Tire seasonal and gardening vice president.

The 6,000 square foot park in the Meadowgreen neighbourhood has some brown patches but before you know it, there will be a lot of green.

Fruits, vegetables, flowers, trees and shrubs are expected to grow in over 30 garden beds.

“It’s a great way for communities to come together and for people to come out get some exercise, learn about growing things, about eating healthy,” said Magennis.

“I think the reason this site was successful, was the big element of a wide variety of people from a lot of different backgrounds. That was important for them and the demand for the garden space,” said Gord Androsoff, CHEP Good Food Inc. community garden coordinator.

Meadowngreen becomes the 34th community garden in Saskatoon, a growing trend in the Bridge City.

Since 2007, Fiskars has helped build 17 gardens in North America.

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