Fleming College Helps Feed City of Kawartha Lakes Community

City of Kawartha Lakes, ON – (Aug 10, 2022) – Good things are growing at Fleming College.

The United Way City of Kawartha Lakes has opened a farm stand at Edwin Binney’s Community Garden in Lindsay, ON., selling fresh, affordable produce grown with the help of Fleming students and faculty.

The stand, located at 50 Mary Street W., runs each Tuesday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. throughout the growing season while supplies last. Freshly harvested veggies, fruits and herbs will be available for purchase.

A small sample of some of the fresh fruits and veggies available for sale at the farm stand. Picture courtesy of the United Way of the City of Kawartha Lakes

Fleming’s Sustainable Agriculture program, based at Fleming’s Frost Campus, and United Way City of Kawartha Lakes have been developing the garden since 2019.

“This garden is a living lab providing our students with an invaluable, hands-on education and an experience that travels far outside the classroom,” said Fleming College President Maureen Adamson. “The work they are doing in Edwin Binney’s Community Garden benefits not only the students but the entire region. As many homes struggle with rising grocery bills, Fleming students are helping to supply fresh, nutritious food to the community.”

The garden plot was once an empty, unused lot owned by Crayola Canada.

In just four years, Fleming’s Sustainable Agriculture diploma and post-graduate and Ecosystem Management students have helped turn the once vacant lot into a thriving community garden with a robust irrigation system and more than 100 fruit trees.

In its first year, Fleming students and faculty with the Sustainable Agriculture Technician program helped produced 5,500 lbs. of fresh produce. Last year that yield increased to 16,264 lbs. of healthy fruits and vegetables.

Fleming College students work in Edwin Binney’s Community Garden

Much of that produce makes its way to 20 agencies and 10 foodbanks throughout the City of Kawartha Lakes. The United Way, supported by Fleming College, has also implemented three pilot projects which provide produce to nearly 300 people living in rent-geared-to-income housing who are identified as being at risk for food insecurity.

The garden also provides co-op placements for students and has created employment opportunities for summer students.

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 80,000 alumni.

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