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New greenhouse to extend the growing season at Natoaganeg Community Food Centre.

Eel Ground First Nation, March, 22, 2024—The Natoaganeg Community Food Centre (CFC) is thrilled to announce they have built a new greenhouse, enhancing the organization’s food-growing efforts.
The idea for the greenhouse came from Natoaganeg CFC’s Manager, Mary Paul, as a way to mitigate the impact of cold spring and fall temperatures on their community garden crops.
“We use the produce grown in our gardens for our food bank and community meal programs to lower our food costs. So, when frost hits early in the fall or we get a late spring thaw, we feel a direct impact,” explains Paul. “This new greenhouse will lengthen our growing season and increase our ability to offer food access programs for our community.”
Staff will start planting seeds in the greenhouse this spring and will grow everything they already plant in the gardens and more—including tomatoes, corn, pumpkin, squash, and fresh herbs.
The project was made possible thanks to a $94,000 investment, funded by the Government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund. “The projects supported by the Government of Canada through the Community Services Recovery Fund demonstrate that we are a caring and compassionate society that values the well-being of all its members. It is heartening to see the compassion and empathy of our citizens as they give back to those in need. Projects like the Natoaganeg CFC are a testament to the power of our collective action and our ability to come together to make a positive difference in the world. I am confident that together we can make a meaningful impact on the lives of those in Eel Ground First Nation,” said Jenna Sudds, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
In addition to the 12 ft. x 40 ft. greenhouse, which will include efficient irrigation and ventilation systems, the funding enables the CFC to hire a garden coordinator to plant and grow food.
Community members will have ample opportunities to roll up their sleeves in the greenhouse through existing food skills programs at the CFC. And Paul already has future aspirations to make the greenhouse operational year-round by adding solar panels, and to make the space wheelchair accessible.
“We want everyone from youth to Elders to people with disabilities to have access to the greenhouse to experiment and learn.”
About Natoaganeg Community Food Centre Established in 2016, the Natoaganeg Community Food Centre brings people together to grow, cook, share, and advocate for good food for all. Located in Eel Ground First Nation, New Brunswick, Natoaganeg CFC offers a range of engaging, culturally relevant food programs for youth, families, and Elders in the community. Natoaganeg CFC is a partner site of Community Food Centres Canada and is one of 15 Community Food Centres across the country.

Media contact: Mary Paul, Manager, Natoaganeg Community Food Centre 506-622-9014 marypaul@natoaganegcfc.ca

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