Community garden at The Gathering Place provides, food, structure and meaningful work for guests at St. John’s facility
Providing food, structure and meaningful work for guests at St. John’s facility.

Photo: Tell me Charles, how does your garden grow? By the looks of it, quite well. Charles Noseworthy, celebrating his 36th birthday on Monday, was on hand to celebrate the second year of The Gathering Place garden, which this year will see its wares used to help feed the guests who come to the facility looking for a healthy meal. Here, Noseworthy checks over his crop of lettuce. – Sam McNeish

Providing a new skill set … and a means of adding fresh produce to their meal plans is driving the Gathering Place’s garden.

Now in operation for its second year, it has expanded in size and in the number of people working it.

The community garden, as it has been dubbed, is in full bloom and a host of dignitaries and guests of The Gathering Place were on hand Monday to celebrate its success.

The program not only provides food for the guests, but also a work program for people who would otherwise not have an opportunity to earn a nominal amount of money.
“The garden started in 2017. There are so many new guests who come here with great needs and we have to find ways to juggle those needs,” Joanne Thompson, executive director of The Gathering Place said Monday afternoon.

“Our goal is to find work that fits their needs while they are here,’’ she added. READ MORE

Sam McNeish
July 31, 2018

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