Quinton Nicholas’s Harvest For The Hungry

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, food insecurity has increased globally. This is particularly true for households with young children.

In light of this, good Samaritan, Quinton Nicholas, together with his helper, Vincent Myeza have started a food garden project through which he  seeks to ameliorate issues of food access and food security for people living in the Austerville area with low access to fresh produce. Within this initiative, he wishes to  promote community gardens as vehicles to reclaim unused space, to produce  fresh vegetables locally.  He wishes to start a variety of community gardens to  grow food for donation to feeding schemes as part of a programme to benefit socioeconomically disadvantaged people in the Austerville community. However, the ability for these gardens to evolve will require neighbourhood participants to provide the benefits attributed to community gardens.

Jennifer Meyer, a resident of Vasco Road, has allowed Quinton to use part of her property with the shared aim of starting a community garden to provide fresh vegetables, as well as contributing to a sense of community, and connection to the environment, and an opportunity for satisfying hunger as well as neighborhood improvement.

Quinton has already begun digging a compost trench-bed, which is an inexpensive way of planting fresh vegetables. The local feeding schemes have supplied him with organic matter  to fill the beds.

This small trench-bed can be easily watered, and is easy to check for pests, diseases and weeds, while every part can be reached, without stepping on the bed.

Tyla Wheatley and Kevin Meek, have shown interest, and would also like to contribute to this public-spirited cause. Meek’s mother is the founder of  ‘Therapy Gardens’.

Quinton said; “I’m inspired to establish vegetable gardens in the community :

To bring gardens back and encourage people in the community to learn to grow their own vegetables. 

Food security is a concern, the world population is over 8 billion people and earth resources are already struggling to sustain all of us. Therefore we need to look at urban gardens/ farming as a proactive measure to aid against food scarcity in the future. 

Growing your own vegetables would save on food costs and would be much healthier than commercially grown vegetables”

It is a fact that community gardens can be beneficial to the environment, and to the health and wellbeing of community members. The introduction of community gardens may reduce the impact of food scarcity in low-income areas, like Austerville, and allow residents greater access to nutritious food that is necessary to live a healthy life. We certainly applaud Quinton Nicholas for this benevolent initiative.

If anyone would like to contribute to this project, please call Quinton at;  0611806056

By: Lorraine Richards

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