Gratitude from Grant Recipients

The Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada is happy to share a letter with you from a grant story participant.

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September 15, 2020

To Whom it May Concern;

I would like to express my gratitude and share the experience my son and I have had with the BFHC Healthy Living Project and the gardening program.

My son and I are residents of North Battleford, Saskatchewan and have been for many years. I grew up on the farm and we always had a garden. As young farm kids, we grew up not enjoying the hard work it took to keep a garden and to process the veggies and fruit it produced. I moved away from home 25 years ago and I grew to really miss the fresh produce and the feeling of getting my hands dirty and growing my own food. I was lucky enough to have been introduced to the program 2 years ago by a friend who also gardens with the BFHC Healthy Living Project.

I would like to offer some insight as to the benefits I have seen in the last 2 years of growing a garden under the watchful, encouraging eye of Rose as I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to have a space to grow a garden and am hopeful the program can continue for years to come.

My son and I enjoy the smell of fresh turned black dirt and the excitement of putting in seeds and watching them grow. Not only does the physical aspect of planting and tilling benefit us, it also assists us in taking some time, at least once a week, to slow down and take some quite time together. I value hard work and take pride in a clean, healthy garden and wish to instill these values into my son as well. It is important for me to teach my son how to garden and the benefits it can provide. Being in the outdoors in the garden is also very beneficial to our mental health, coming back nature and doing what we love to do.

This year I was able to make beet, carrot and bean pickles as well as freeze beans and carrots for the winter. We have enough potatoes and onions to last the winter and I have grated beets for the freezer and for borscht as well as grated zucchini for muffins, soups and stir-fry’s. Not only do we enjoy the fresh, organic produce but it also has allowed us to lose some weight eating the healthy food we have grown.

We have also found the meeting of new people, comradery and friendships we have developed while in the garden or during the well planned events Rose puts on, very beneficial. I am always amazed at the events puts on, thoughtful and health and safety conscious, Rose always seems to find a way to make it fun. My son was even able to bring a friend to the garden this year to teach him about gardening, which in turn ended up that he and his mother requested and retained a garden space for their first time.

The program as also allowed for me to make connections in the community and BRTC6 in my work as a patient safety nurse with the Saskatchewan Health Authority. I value the cultural aspect of the environment. My son has no contact with his father’s side of the family, however the indigenous

familial ties on that side of the family are not lost as we learn new cree words weekly in text messages from Rose and in the different projects going in the gardens, we have learned some history of the indigenous people. We are thankful we have been allowed to take part in this program.

In closing, I am hopeful that this very beneficial program can continue for years to come as it is healthy for many different people, generations and cultures. This space is conducive to learning to care for each other and our food in a common interest and goal of an ancient skill that will not be lost if the gardens are allowed to continue.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to express my gratitude and to share what benefits the gardens have had for my son and I.


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