Kids Grow Right In Lawrence Heights

By 32 Division,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 10:28 a.m. October 22, 2014

Lawrence Heights youth and 32 Division Community Response Unit officers had another successful harvest through the Grow Right program.

Two men in blue T-shirts stand in a garden with three children
Grow Right coordinators Constables Ricardo Burke and Omar McDoom help kids tend to the garden
  • Two men in blue T-shirts stand in a garden with three children
  • Adults, some in TPS uniform, with children put plants in a largely bare garden
  • Tomatoes, green peppers and a squash on a table
  • Two men in TPS uniform and two boys look through plants

Officers successfully wrapped up a second season of the Grow Right community initiative. There were multiple harvests this growing season that went from the garden to the kitchen counters of several community residents resulting in tasty delights for all to enjoy.

Project Grow Right was created to empower the youth who live in the priority neighbourhood of Lawrence Heights. Officers believe that trust is achieved through positive interactions with the community. This project began with the transformation of a 100-foot stretch of unused land, which was cleaned up, tilled and turned into a large vegetable garden in late May. Youth working in partnership with members of 32 Division's Community Response Unit planted vegetables and nurtured the garden at the Lawrence Heights Community Centre until harvest. Youth and their families then utilized the produce within their homes and community cooking classes.

This project was made possible by the generosity of our community partners Pro Action Cops& Kids, Home Depot and the City of Toronto.

The concept demonstrates that matching an idea with community spirit, hard work and perseverance, goals can be achieved. Turning ideas into initiatives ultimately promotes a safer community for all of us to live and work in.

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