Watching our gardens grow

The HEEFS fruit and vegetable garden is an incredible 1,500 sqft of delicious, home-grown food for our residents to enjoy. This year we have plans to add up to another 100 sqft to grow larger plants, like watermelon - a summertime favourite!

Leafy, crunchy and juicy, too!

After experimenting with different items in our vegetable garden, this year we streamlined the crops to include our best performers. In the leafy category, we have: lettuce, chinese cabbage, pak choi and Swiss chard. Root crops will include: beets, carrots and turnips. And, of course, what would a garden be without treats and munchies which, for our residents, include cucumbers, zucchini, broccoli, and a special tomato bed just for Esther and Phil. There is also a separate garden for the bunnies that includes kale and some herbs.

Sweet Treats

Thanks to the generosity of our Work Day and Tour Day volunteers, we now have a permanent strawberry bed, as well as a berry patch that includes raspberries, blueberries, gooseberries and currants. We are also so thankful to our amazing supporters for their very generous donations of orchard trees.

Weighing in at 1,500 pounds!!!

Last year we harvested just over 1,000 pounds of produce from the HEEFS garden, up 400 pounds from the year before. This year we’re hoping to harvest 1,500 pounds of nutritious food to help keep our residents healthy and happy!

We are so fortunate! Our orchard and gardens are a labour of love and none of it would be possible without the tireless dedication of our garden expert, Heather Rajotte, and our amazing team of volunteers!