·  by Eric LaBarre, USW Local 650

USW Cares: NextGen and Women of Steel Grow Food for Their Communities

USW Local 650’s NextGen and Women of Steel Committees, with the support of their local, USW Local 1-2010 teamed up with their local Regional Food Distribution Association (RFDA) and leased a greenhouse from the Lakehead Regional Conservation Authority. The aim of this project is to attempt to strengthen their communities by growing fresh produce for Northwestern Ontario families in need, year round. 

The project, the Garden of Giving has been a huge group effort with members from all of the committees and organizations volunteering endless hours. Tasks included collecting materials such as soil, seeds, planters, watering the greenhouse on a daily basis and transplanting when necessary. Many hours have gone into this project and it has truly exceeded all expectations going into it.

Earlier this month, the first crop was harvested. The locals have full intentions of expanding and aspire the project reaching further. The eventual goal is for members to build greenhouses right in some of these communities and teach other locals how to maintain the greenhouses in order to keep a steady flow of healthy food available for all to enjoy.

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