CMHA-Kings is in partnership with Kentville Community Garden and Berwick Community Garden.
The Community Garden is focused on growing edible gardens and increase awareness around food insecurity in the valley by growing and sharing produce. A community garden is any piece of land gardened by a collection of people, using either individual or shared plots on private or public land. Community gardens provide fresh food as well as contributing to a sense of belonging and connection to nature, as well as providing an opportunity for satisfying labour and neighbourhood improvement.
How does gardening help mental health?
- Looking after plants gives us a sense of responsibility
- Gardening allows us all to be nurturers
- Gardening keeps us connected to other living things
- Gardening helps us relax and let go
- Working in nature releases “happy hormones”
- Being around plants and flowers reminds us to live in the present moment
- Gardening is fun AND easy!
(Sarah Rayner, Psychology Today)
How can you be involved?
- Join the Community Garden Club and become a plot holder
- Participate in CMHA Garden activities for learning and peer support
- Visit S.O.U.P. Fridays 9:30 am-2 pm at The Salvation Army (15 Nichols Avenue, Kentville)