Originally published in the North Shore News – May 9, 2012
By Todd Major
IF you combine the wisdom and patience of a 70-year-old senior with the enthusiasm and curiosity of a seven-yearold child and place them together in the garden, something akin to magic can happen.
And that is what the Edible Garden Project (EGP) is hoping to grow when their five new Intergenerational Gardens are built this month at North Shore Neighbourhood House childcare centres.
Funded by the United Way and Neptune Bulk Terminals, the program plans to match seniors with children under the age of 12 and place them in the garden to engage the children in learning about growing veggies and gardening while providing seniors with personal contact and a feeling of belonging to the community.
I spoke to Emily Jubenvill, the community co-ordinator for the Edible Garden Project, to ask her about the program and its benefits.