Community garden at University of Regina helps downtown soup kitchen

Land set aside on the grounds of the University of Regina for a community garden is helping out the Carmichael Outreach Centre's soup kitchen.
Produce from a large community garden at the University of Regina helps a downtown soup kitchen. (CBC)

Land set aside on the grounds of the University of Regina for a community garden is helping out the Carmichael Outreach Centre's soup kitchen.

Volunteers tend to the garden and the produce grown is donated to the centre.

Mike Wysminity, a coordinator at Carmichael, noted the garden not only adds healthy foods to their meals but also allows them to spend money on other things their clients need.

"I don't have to spend that on vegetables and it can go towards buying a new stroller for a family or diapers," he explained.

Anna Dipple, a coordinator for the community garden, said using a bit of university land for the community good provides immeasurable benefits.

"It promotes a lot of great things," she said, "Sustainability. Food production and food sovereignty in this community."

There are no fees associated with using the community garden. Access is open to anyone willing to work the soil.

With files from CBC's Geraldine Carriere

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