This comment was received at a focus group yesterday held at Rivertown Commons. In order to measure Backyard Harvest’s success and to facilitate relevant programming, a pre-season focus group was conducted with the residents.
Although gardening experience varied greatly among the residents who participated in the discussion, everyone agreed that getting fresh produce as well as the experience of having a garden was valuable to them. Residents expressed interest in learning about gardening practices, permaculture, different plant varieties and cooking and nutrition. Building community with each other was also seen as important. Residents hoped to have garden parties where the food served comes directly from the garden.
Residents’ agreed upon desire for this growing season was that they would have better nutrition and fresh, chemical-free vegetables. Like one resident said, ‘there’s nothing like the freshness of produce coming directly from the garden to your plate!’