For cadets in Alpha Company, a day away from their daily routine of drill and instructional techniques at Vernon Cadet Training Centre proved to be not only a learning experience, but an introduction to a community garden’s role in helping the less-privileged.
Under the direction of Christine Urbas, Buffy Rivard and Delma Sarish, the cadets spent a morning at Patchwork Farms at Okanagan College, learning about gardening techniques.
Officer cadet Janice Yeung says there was more to the morning than digging and harvesting.
“The garden harvests fruits and vegetables for service providers such as Howard House and Bill’s Place addictions recovery home, and the cadets learned of some of the contributing factors to poverty,” she said.
The garden was a new experience for the cadets.
“My favourite part was picking the lettuce with little scissors. I learned how to pick the right beets and about more effective irrigation systems,” said Jeremy Jensen-Smythe, from Cumberland, on Vancouver Island.
For Dakota Wolf of Fort MacLeod, Alta., the exercise was worthwhile.
“It was cool to hear about the amount of donations they get from the communities. It provided a cool opportunity to exchange stories and history with workers there.”
Throughout the summer, the cadets perform a variety of community service projects as part of their citizenship commitment.
Patchwork Farms is organized by the Kindale Developmental Association.