Rencontre East Community Led Food Assessment
& Resulting Programs
This project facilitated a Community-Led Food Assessment in Rencontre East, and is supporting the creation of new programs that will give its residents better access to healthy, affordable food.
Backyard Gardening Program
Rencontre East is establishing a comprehensive backyard gardening program, as well as a composting program that will keep their gardens vibrant and fertile. Plots will exist in people’s backyards, as well as in certain indoor areas, outside the school, and in community plots. The harvest will be used for community gatherings, and be shared with seniors.
Students were hired to find, identify, and catalogue wild fruit trees in the area, so the public could access them. The process has already identified some surprises, including plums, cherries, and nearly 30 apple trees. A bulk ordering program for fruit has also been established, as well as a fruit preserving program, to improve residents’ access to fruit.
Food Education & Skills Program
The community will also launch a program geared at sharing food skills and knowledge, both new and traditional, through workshops and events for all ages.