Meet Dristine and Raven, two of our newest farm participants.
Dristine has lived in Dartmouth North for most of her life, but only recently started coming to the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre. Walking by one day this spring, she saw the work happening on the Community Farm and stopped to say hello. She and her young daughter Raven have been stopping by regularly ever since.
“I volunteered my gardening skills…as soon as I found out about the initiative because I believe having the right to grow food means we can create the food security low income communities need. I believe if we increase efforts such as this one at a greater speed in the metro area it will undoubtedly create less violence and stronger community bonds through food security.”
Being connected to the land by growing your own food is rewarding and healing, says Dristine. She was introduced to gardening at a young age through her grandfather’s garden and has a strong knowledge of companion planting.
“I love the study of which plants benefit from growing together, and knowing my food is organic and not full of pesticides is a wonderful thing.”
Unfortunately, this year Dristine does not have a backyard or balcony to grow on, so having access to the Community Farm and Food Centre is a blessing, she says.
“I am most looking forward to the harvest time — August for berries! — when we can feed even more low income people like myself and people with disabilities, and take some of the stress off of them with this great gift.”
Dristine says she would love to see more children learn growing skills by getting their hands dirty on the farm.
“We can learn a lot from our children and they belong outside enjoying the good life at the farm, not glued to a TV screen. They deserve more natural and safe spaces where they can let loose and get dirty and learn valuable skills at the same time. I had that in my grandfather’s garden and I wish every child could have that feeling.”