Urban Agriculture Project Growing Rapidly at Sun Youth
In 2014, Sun Youth with the help of Foresters Financial, opened a garden on the grounds of its warehouse located in Ville Saint-Laurent. The addition of the new garden was a huge success and the results were very conclusive. In only two seasons, the harvest has more than doubled: the garden produced 200 pounds of organic vegetables the first year and over 550 pounds the second year. The implementation of a flourishing urban agriculture program requires a fair amount of expertise. Since the beginning of the project, Foresters Financial has generously offered its help with the construction and consultation on running an effective program. Foresters Financial supplied the needed hardware, the soil, the seeds and plants which grew in the following months and even a portable green house which can protect the more vulnerable plants from unexpected cold or frost at the beginning of the season.
On May 21st, Sun Youth and Foresters Financial plan to continue the growth of the garden with new additions including: a lettuce wall, a support structure for the gardeners to enjoy shade while working, the addition of grape vines, small fruit trees and asparagus. The food produced will be distributed through Sun Youth’s food bank. The integration of fresh vegetables and fruits into food hampers has been a goal of Sun Youth’s in recent years, allowing for the clients to enjoy a healthier more diverse selection of food. The food bank helps families or individuals facing difficult situations by providing them with food. Sun Youth wishes to thank Foresters Financial, an international financial services company whose reach extends far beyond simply being a life insurance and investment service provider. Being a fraternal benefit society, Foresters Financial is not only concerned by its members’ financial security, it also promotes the well-being of families and communities through inspiring community activities.