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Arts Hub  103-325 2nd St. South • Kenora, Ontario • P9N 1G3 • PH: 807-407-5660

 

Horticulture

KACL’s gardening initiatives have expanded year after year.  What began in 2010 at the former location of the Community Arts Hub in Lakeside with an Accessible Community Garden has expanded to five gardens, with multiple KACL programs and community partners involved. 
 
The first community garden was the Arts Hub Accessible Garden which was a natural extension of the Arts Hub facility, being located on the south side of the building.  This was constructed in 2012 with generous help from community partners, like the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Foundation, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Home Hardware Kenora, Bronco Builders and the Kenora Association for Community Living Board of Directors. This garden space was built-up with raised cedar planters and finished with a stone patio and retaining walls.  It is an expression of our Mission and our vision toward an inclusive community and society. 
 
While the Arts Hub has moved to its new downtown location on 2nd Street, KACL’s Kids’ Zone Lakeside has been utilizing the garden, with community members, to grow food for the children’s snacks and meals and to allow the children an opportunity to learn about growing food and flowers.  In 2018 the Kids Zone programs from SMB joined with the Lakeside children in planting our first every Heart Garden.  This heart garden was planted as part of a national initiative called Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams which is a celebration to honour children lost to Residential Schools, survivors, and families and to renew our commitment to create a caring world together where every child matters. 
 
The other KACL gardens are located at a home, KACL’s office locations at 501 8th Ave South and 1301 Railway Street, and at Seven Generations Educational Institute Manidoo Campus where we have a demonstration garden to show various types of gardens and methods of growing, such as straw bale and companion gardening, raised beds, hugelkulture and a traditional Anicinabe medicine garden.
   
There are several outcomes we hope gardening will have; one is to increase food security by individuals gaining knowledge of growing food and of how to use fresh produce, another is that people and KACL’s many food programs will have fresh, healthy produce for people to eat and enjoy and we also hope that as we garden together as a community we will build a healthier and more connected community. 
 
We want to enhance personal growth and life-long learning by fostering a connection to the garden, a connection to the natural environment, the acquisition of new skills, and belonging to a group. Each growing season we host potluck meals and special interest workshops.  So many local gardeners have knowledge and skills to contribute.
 
Food matters.  We at KACL are dedicated to improving the accessibility of good healthy food; to provide education on food preparation and nutrition; and provide experiences that foster a sense of belonging for those we serve, our staff and community. 
 
We hope each person involved with these garden learns, explores self and connects with others in a way that is meaningful for them and for the whole gardening community.  Let us share our gifts and knowledge with each other, join in a common purpose, and celebrate our rich and diverse community together.
 
Culinary Workshops
 
The Arts Hub began hosting culinary workshops in 2011 as the happy result of having a crab apple tree on the property of the former Arts Hub location in Lakeside.  Subsequent food demonstrations have been enjoyed by participants and have contributed to the Hub's exploration of the tantalizing world of food. Guests hosts have lead various workshops at the Hub, including projects to create crab apple juice, pickling, savory and sweet pie, pizza, sushi, gluten-free baking and biscotti, as well as chai tea making.
 
The Hub invites community to gather and to embark on culinary journeys that will lead to sampling some flavours of the world, including those located in one's own back yard, all while cultivating new skills and enjoyment through hands-on participation.  As always, costs are minimal and materials are provided.
 

Reflections and Feedback

"Here to learn, then share my knowledge.  Thanks for this opportunity to grow."

~ Gardening workshop

"Thank you for the demonstration. I learned, I ate and thoroughly enjoyed."

~Culinary workshop

"Thank you for the food and the chance to share. Miigwech."

~Gardening Potluck

"Absolutely beautiful display.  This exhibit reflects everything I love about this community: vibrancy, compassion, curiosity and beauty. So nicely done."

   ~ Growing Together: Cultivating Community through Gardening Photovice Exhibit.