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Halifax gardening program ‘Hope Blooms’ moves to new home

Hope Blooms cut the ribbon Friday to open its new office space.
Hope Blooms cut the ribbon Friday to open its new office space. Kyah Sparks for Global News

HALIFAX – Hope Blooms, a non-profit community gardening program based in Halifax, cut the ribbon Friday to open its new office space.

The new location on Cornwallis Street will give the group the ability to provide cooking demonstrations, community dinners with culture stories, senior soup days and also produce its popular salad dressings.

“Now we’re almost 60 youth and we have six staff and we have all together almost 100 volunteers, so we kind of need to have a space of our own that we can invite other people in to be part of and have a whole food hub,” said Jessie Jollymore, founder and executive director of Hope Blooms.

For six years, Hope Blooms used space at the North End Community Center but decided to branch off to a new location due to the expanding number of actively involved members.

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Since 2008, Hope Blooms has been working with youth to make a difference by harvesting a garden for the community.

The group is opening its new green house later this month, which will allow it to grow more than 3,000 pounds of produce per year.