We have a series of short documentaries revolving around the lives of certain Woburn community members. In these documentaries, the community members of have spoke of what the situation is like in Woburn, what do they do to deal with food insecurity, and their personal stories that can inspire other community members to plant crops to counteract food insecurity.
Rudy saw our team gardening from up above his apartment building and came down to speak to us. He said it reminded him of how when he was younger, he used to be his grandmother’s lunch carrier when she used to work in a cane field.
When Rudy got a bit older, he started about 6 garden beds in his home where he grew many vegetables such as cabbage, green beans, tomatoes, and carrots. He loves gardening and his favourite fruit is bananas!
Ghanshyam was out on his usual walk, enjoying the sunlight and getting some vitamin D when he saw the students gardening and decided to stop for a chat. He talks about how food prices, particularly produce, are quite costly nowadays. He discusses how quite a few people in his area use the local food bank. Lack of space is a major problem when it comes to growing produce, especially when living in apartment buildings with small balconies. Personally, Ghanshyam grows some tomatoes and leafy greens such as cilantro and fenugreek in his home. He suggests that perhaps having access to garden beds by his building is a good solution to make growing more accessible for community members.
Lina was out in her garden bed, picking out some leafy greens for a fresh salad when we spotted her and stopped to chat. In her garden bed, she grows tomatoes, peppers, sweet peppers, cucumbers, and some lettuce. Lina says that gardening is very easy to do, and not much pressure. Anyone can do it! She uses nitrate to help her plants grow.
This interview combines two separate interviews, one with Ranjodh and Anonymous who are students at Woburn Collegiate Institute. Anonymous helps his grandparents with their large backyard garden. They help their grandparents grow tomatoes, garlic, zucchinis, and cucumber. They discuss how some barriers to growing food are lack of knowledge and space. As for Ranjodh, he has zero experience in gardening but still came out to help!
The second interview is with Zeenath, who has been a resident of the Woburn community for 16-17 years. She joined Leah to aid in supplying food and books to people in her apartment building during the pandemic. Her interest in growing food started during the pandemic when there wasn’t much else to do. She grows vegetables and herbs such as green chillies, cilantro, fenugreek, tomatoes, and mint on her apartment balcony. Zeenath didn’t have much growing knowledge to start out with, so she used Youtube to learn. She also uses banana peels as fertilizer for her plants!
Mahmoud and Nikhil walked along with a resident of the community who has been living here for 13 years. This was her first home since she moved to Canada, and has been here ever since. She took them around the community and showed them the problems residents are facing. Below are just some of the issues that Mahmoud and Nikhil think need to be addressed:
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