Oliver takes on Ottawa Street

Oliver Allen-Cillis, 7, creator of Oliver's Garden Project, will be teaching kids how to start their own vegetable garden at the Ottawa St. Market on Saturday
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oliver's Garden Project will host lessons in vegetable gardening, yoga and a cooking demo at the Ottawa St. Market.

Oliver Allen-Cillis always hands his hands dirty. And although it may seem strange, his parents actually applaud his messy behaviour.

Oliver will be at the Ottawa Street Farmers' Market on Saturday, perhaps making a mess but more importantly, teaching kids how to start their own vegetable garden. It's what Oliver does at home for Oliver's Garden Project. The 7-year-old plants and gardens his own vegetables with his sister Piper. All proceeds of the sales goes right back to the community and is donated to local youth charities.

"My favourite are tomatoes and basil," said Oliver. "It tastes good and you don't have to go to the store and buy stuff."

Oliver's Garden Project won a $20,000 Gardens for Good grant last year that has allowed five other families grow their own gardens in their own backyard.

"We're empowering youth to grow, eat and share with their community. We want kids to come down, learn something new, get educated, enjoy themselves and feed themselves eventually," said Oliver's mother Stacey Allen-Cillis.

Oliver's Garden Project will be at the Ottawa Street Farmers' Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.