There was lots of work to be done at the Public Produce Project when we showed up on September 18th for our Day of Caring® with the Cates Ford Oien Epp law firm.
The Public Produce Project is part of the JUMP program in Kamloops. There are two gardens in this program—one right across from the Kamloops Food Bank and the other on the corner of Tranquille and Elm—our Day of Caring® was at this garden.
This innovative program aims to provide food security and promote healthy lifestyles to those living in poverty. The garden provides access to fresh produce and provides an open-access green space for those who may not otherwise have one. Cates Ford Oien Epp Law signed up for this project as soon as it was mentioned to them. This was their first Day of Caring® and they were excited to get to work!
We started the afternoon clearing weeds from the garden boxes and the grounds, painting murals to put over top of the existing retaining wall and digging post holes for two new signs.
Weeding was a HUGE task but everyone pitched in to get it done. Once the weeds were clear, wood chips were put down afterwards to hopefully deter the regrowth of most of the weeds.
Once the murals were finished being painted in bright colours, we got to work installing them—giving the entire area a facelift. We received many thumbs up and positive comments from passersby.
This year, our Days of Caring® are sponsored by KGHM Ajax Mine. With their generous donation we are able to complete more Days of Caring®, help more non-profits in our community, and get more people involved.