With the rising cost of food further straining Brantford seniors' already tight budgets, the Seniors' Resource Centre is looking to expand its on-site greenhouse to provide clients with fresh vegetables throughout the year.
“Anything we can provide our clients lets them put more money into other things they need,” said board member Nancy Giles.
During the summer, seniors can pick lettuce, carrots, potatoes and other vegetables from the community garden at the Colborne Street East centre. The planned expansion of the greenhouse would provide fresh produce during every season, giving healthy food options to seniors on fixed incomes who might not be able to afford such items at the grocery store.
“So there would never be a time that we weren't able to give something back to our clients,” Giles said.
The solar-powered greenhouse would also become a place where seniors relieve stress through gardening.
“So it's a win-win situation no matter how you look at it,” Giles said.
Marilyn Mecke, of Marilyn's Clothing Giveaway, is leading the fundraising campaign.
“We're finding that a lot of seniors can't afford to buy plants and vegetables,” Mecke said. “I'm a senior and we're all struggling to survive.”
The seniors centre is looking for donations of cash and building materials for its enlarged greenhouse, which will consist of a wooden base and aluminum sides. Funds are also needed to buy soil, peat moss, seeds and nursery stock.
To donate to the greenhouse project, call Mecke at 519-759-3120.