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City Hall gardens give back

Harvest saw 750 tonnes of produce

Members of Durham Master Gardeners and Oshawa Garden Club join Deputy Mayor Bob Chapman (right) in the gardens on the north side of City Hall. (Photo courtesy City of Oshawa)

Oshawa City Hall gardeners are giving back to the community during COVID-19.

Carefully designed gardens have taken on an even deeper meaning this World Hunger Day thanks to the Adopt-a-Garden program, a partnership between the city, Durham Master Gardeners, Oshawa Garden Club and Feed the Need Durham.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the program saw volunteer gardeners convert nine of the annual garden beds on the north side of city hall from flower gardens to vegetable gardens.

The project celebrated its final harvest this week, capping off a total of 750 pounds of fresh food donations to Feed the Need in Durham that included cabbage, kale, peas, green and yellow beans, hot peppers, spinach, squash, carrots, tomatoes and zucchini.

Deputy Mayor Bob Chapman was on hand for the wrap-up of the program, presenting the Durham Master Gardeners and Oshawa Garden Club with a letter of thanks on behalf of Mayor Dan Carter.

“Oshawa is a caring, kind, compassionate and generous community,” says Carter. “Thank you to everyone who donated their time and energy to bringing this project to life in our great city.”