Picton – Wednesday, November 20, 2013 – The HUB Child and Family Centre for Prince Edward County officially launched today it’s capital campaign for a new Children’s Garden aimed to encourage and inspire life long skills and habits for healthy eating and environmental sustainability.
“We are excited to begin working with the many stakeholders in the region to crate an inspirational landscape for learning, play and growing food. The Children’s Garden project enhances the mission of the HUB to provide opportunities for quality early learning. We are extending that learning outside now on our property to show first hand the process from seed to table in a fun and engaging way” says Executive Director, Tamara Kleinschmidt. “It has been a real community effort from day one with staff, parents, children and the wider community in providing ideas and design concepts.
“We hope the project will be the beginning of creating some tangible solutions to some of our community’s food insecurity challenges, “ says Cynthia Peters, Chair of the Children’s Garden, Fundraising Campaign. “We are pleased to announce today that our first founding sponsor is Slow Food The County – a leader in promoting local food education and supporting food security projects in our community. We hope that many other organizations, residents and companies become involved as well through donations and volunteer support”.
Today kick starts the $100,000 campaign to build the mutli-faceted food playground for learning and sourcing on the grounds surround the Hub building. The official ground breaking ceremony took place today with the installation of boarder trees along the municipal property located on the south side of the site. The formal build of the gardens, outdoor pavilion and other learning areas will begin in Spring 2014. The project is targeted to be completed in 2015.
The HUB Child & Family Centre is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the families of the County with quality early learning and child care services. It has been in operation since 1989 and is focused on programming for children 0-12 years old.