Just Growing is a Winnipeg-based project of A Rocha Canada, piloted in 2010 and continuing into its second season. The purpose of Just Growing is to link people with food, community, and creation. A Rocha will work in partnership with local agencies and churches (particularly St Margaret’s Anglican Church and Portage Avenue Church) in the Wolseley neighbourhood to help local residents and parishioners become active in caring for the environment and for community people in need. The project focuses on community gardening as a means of engaging low income urban dwellers in nurturing the local flor aand fauna, providing opportunities to receive fresh local produce, and building awareness and neighbourhood action around food security.
Bethany Paetkau, community organizer, will oversee the project. She has organized community gardens in Winnipeg through Canadian Mennonite University, where she is completing her degree in International Development Studies.