Members of Harvest Kenora can now make upgrades to Homerun Gardens after being one of three recipients of $10,000.00 in Tbaytel's For Good Community Fund.
"We applied for the grant with hopes to make our garden space more accessible to a wider demographic within the community and more equipped to be able to educate about the full cycle of food production on-site," says Erin Beulah with Harvest Kenora.
"We have a number of things we are going to be putting the money towards. One being a garden tool shed, which I'm very excited about. It's going to be kitted out with all the tools we require to have people from the community participate in our garden parties. And we thought 'why not make these garden tools available to the greater community when we don't need them for a garden party?' so it's going to double as a library for people to come and source things," Beaulah added.
Amenities like picnic tables, umbrellas, a workstation and processing table are also in the plans for the micro-farm.
A total of 41,961 votes were cast by the community for Harvest Kenora to be in the top three projects and the support has been overwhelming for organizers.
"It feels amazing and it really is thanks to the community, the Harvest Kenora community and the greater Kenora community for all of the support. On the final day of votes we got 12,000 votes and that is just unbelievable. So a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to support us. It all made a huge difference and we are very grateful," she says.
Harvest Kenora operates a Collective Micro-Farm, called Homerun Gardens in the old ball fields in Keewatin, which serves as a skill-share venue for new and experienced gardeners and hosts garden parties on Wednesdays and Saturdays. For those who are interested in taking part, email email@example.com
The other two projects that received $10,000.00 were St. Basil's Catholic School for its Accessible Playground Equipment in White River and Hammarskjold High School for its Viking Room in Thunder Bay.
“The ideas, generosity and community spirit out there in northern Ontario that we see through the Tbaytel for Good Community Fund is always inspiring for us at Tbaytel. With this brand new $10,000 award we wanted people in our communities to dream big andthat is exactly what they did,” said Tbaytel Communication Coordinator Jamie Smith.