There is no better way to spend a Saturday than getting your hands dirty for a good cause. On May 29th, a group of volunteers from Projects In Place and TELUS spent the day with me (Heidi) building an organic kitchen garden for Zajac Ranch for Children. The Zajac Ranch is a summer camp in Mission that serves children with serious and chronic illnesses and disabilities.
The weather was less than ideal but the pouring rain had little effect on my eager group of volunteers. We worked together continuously through the morning moving wood, measuring materials, sorting seeds, sawing wood and drilling in screws. By lunch time, we were had finished half the project – right on schedule despite the rain!
We wolfed down our hot dogs and we headed back to work feeling determined to finish the project by the end of the day. We filled the planter boxes we made in the morning with several wheel-barrows full of gravel, many sheets of filter fabric and a small hill of soil. Everyone was soaked in the rain from head to toe but we were enjoying every minute of it. Another 3 hours quickly flew by and we were ready to start planting. We planted many tomato and zucchini plants. We also seeded for squash, radish, lettuce, carrot, cucumber and fennel. At 4:30pm, after 6 hours of hard work, we finished ALL the work and completed our project!
I am very grateful for all of the help from my volunteers and the Zajac Ranch workers. I want to give a big thank you to TELUS for their volunteers, who were also donating their time for many other projects on the ranch that day. I had a wonderful experience working with Zajac Ranch for Children on this project and I cannot wait for the children to start getting their hands in dirt and have fun growing their own nutritious organic vegetables this summer.