1. Giving youth a job
By supporting Veggie City, you will be giving 6 youth a job and the opportunity to learn valuable skills that will last them a lifetime! Such skills include marketing, contracting, customer service, creating, planting and maintaining vegetable gardens. Youth will also receive training such as WHMIS, Safe Food Handling and First Aid.
2. Fresh, organically grown veggies in your own backyard!
Shareholders will benefit from recieving a variety of fresh vegetables all summer long that are grown in their own neighbourhoods. The vegetables will taste extra amazing, as they will be picked when they are most ripe and will not be sprayed with nasty pesticides, or flown from the far corners of the globe.
For less than $15.00 per week, you and your neighbours could have family-sized baskets of veggies every week during the summer months. Veggie City Mentors will also recieve a 'share' of the collective harvest. What is better than helping your community to become environmentally and economically sustainable, while saving money at the same time?!
The best places to live are in neighbourhoods where there are lots of things to do, and lots of friends to do them with! Veggie City participants will get the chance to meet and interact with their neighbours in a new way- building connections and relationships that span across generations and across cultures.
5. Saving the Environment
Veggie City is a green project aimed at protecting our environment. Vegetable gardens are good for our environment because they reduce greenhouse gases and noise pollution, use less water than grass, don't need mowing, provide habitat for insects, birds and animals, and promote pollinators. They also provide 'cooling' during the summer heat, as vegetables are better at absorbing sunlight and heat than grass. Vegetable gardens also FEED US, which lawns cannot do!