Benefits

I. Social

– The garden offers an outdoor garden terrace, vibrant view, flourishing greenery and recognizable eatable vegetable plants for therapeutic enjoyment, as an outdoor environment for physical exercise and as a relaxing area for hospital residents, family and friends.
– Community based urban gardens increases a sense of community ownership and stewardship and foster the development of a community identity and spirit.
– GCM brings peoples together from a wide variety of backgrounds (age, race, culture, social class).
– Multi-faceted, inter-generational, intercultural community networking increases the quality of life for staff,
volunteers, interns, students, organizations, partners, collaborators and interested supporters.

II.Cultural

– The garden offers unique opportunities to produce Chinese and Asian traditional crops otherwise unavailable locally.
– The garden provides inter-generational exposure to cultural traditions and cultural exchange with other gardeners.
– GCM offers knowledge transfer and exchange of business principles, food culture, and environmental awareness and sustainability.

III.Economic

– GCM provides access to nutritionally rich foods that may otherwise be unavailable to low-income individuals.
– Organic vegetables are delivered by GCM to Chinatown’s Chinese senior residents who have difficulty accessing organic food and as a nutritional alternative to industrial and restaurant food.
– As previously outlined in the history section, the GCM organic vegetable produce was distributed and sold at the competitive market value of $3,000 based on comparable organic vegetables prices of markets such as: Le Frigo Vert or Concordia University Farmers Market.

IV. Health

– The garden provides more accessibility to nature for hospital seniors; and enhances aesthetic view when seniors use the terrace to do physical therapy.
– Studies have shown that community gardeners eat healthier diets than do non-gardening families.
– Exposure to green space reduces stress and increases a sense of wellness and belonging.
– The garden adds beauty to the community and heighten people’s awareness and appreciation for living things.
– GCM recycles trimmings, leaves, grass clippings, and other organic wastes back into the soil.
– The garden provides a place to retreat from the noise and commotion of urban environments.
– GCM initiates the reduction of packaging, transport, traffic and greenhouse gas emissions and toxic impact on the environment.
– The MCHOT garden is occupational therapeutic activity and for enjoyment of the outdoors and developing OT objectives such as increasing motor skills, eye hand coordination, strengthening the body for maintaining upward position etc.

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