Bowen gardeners planting it forward

Jillian and Elliot Rushton are starting a community “plant it forward” project this week to distribute seeds to islanders. Jillian explains what you need to know about the project in the following Q&A:

What’s Plant it Forward?

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“Plant it Forward” is a community project aimed at making vegetable gardening more accessible to Bowen Islanders. We’ll be distributing seed starting kits to those that need them. The kits will include easy-to-grow seeds (three vegetables and one edible flower) and instructions for how to get started. 

What gave you the idea?

Personally I’ve seen the benefits that vegetable gardening can have on your lifestyle, nutrition and mental health. With that said, there can be many barriers to gardening (knowledge, cost, space). My husband and I started this project to help make vegetable gardening more accessible in our community. 

What is the cost to participate?

There is no cost to participate. This project has been generously funded by the Bowen Island Community Foundation and the Vancouver Foundation, in partnership with Bowen Island Municipality.

Who can be nominated — and when? 

Anyone who lives on Bowen can be nominated. The sign up form opens on Thursday, May 21 at Noon, and will close when all spots are filled. 

How many packets do you have to distribute?

We have put together 45 seed starting kits to distribute to Bowen Islanders. 

How do you apply?

If you’re interested in nominating a neighbour or friend (or requesting a kit for yourself), please complete our sign up form: bit.ly/BowenSeedKits

Anything else?

Big thanks to Caroline and Devon at the Bowen Island Flower Shop for supporting us with a large seed order. And thanks to Cheryl Cook for helping us decide on seed varieties to include in the kits. 

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