In response to the Canadian Garden Council proclaiming this year as the Year of the Garden, Seasons Ponoka launched a program to celebrate all the benefits gardens and gardening provide.
With the guidance and knowledge of their residents, many avid gardeners, Seasons Ponoka planted an herb, vegetable and flower garden in their community. The vegetables and herbs were all used in their kitchen to make a variety of soups, potato salad and cooked vegetables for their meals.
“Our community garden brings many environmental and social benefits to Seasons Ponoka,” said general manager Stephanie Waldron in a release. “Our team members and residents get the opportunity to work together, stay active and enjoy the rewards of their labour.”
The program serves to enrich the quality of life of its residents and foster a connection with nature, said Seasons, adding there are numerous environmental benefits from cleaning the air and ground to reducing carbon emissions while encouraging a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.
“The residents enjoyed getting their hands dirty,” said Waldron. “We look forward to continuing to add to our garden next year and building further on this program.”