Canada: Community opens new greenhouse to grow local produce

L’Arche is an international organization, founded by Canadian Jean Vanier, creating home and work with people who have developmental disabilities. In Cape Breton, L’Arche operates six homes for 26 men and women with disabilities, as well as 20-25 live-in staff who support them. Last year L’Arche Cape Breton realized they needed a greenhouse so that they could supply their houses with fresh vegetables. The greenhouse finally opened last week and measures 7.3 metres by 22 metres, has sides that automatically roll up or down when the temperatures reach a set point, depending on the weather, and is divided into three sections. The back section is grow-in-the-ground organic with compost and topsoil enough for 10 beds. The middle section is the benched portion and will be used for growing vegetables and flowers. The front section will be a meeting place where people can get together to socialize. The members of L’Arche Cape Breton hope to be able to grow a large proportion of the community’s produce needs.


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