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Senior Organic Gardeners

November's Awesome Ottawa award goes to Margaret Tourond-Townson to support organic gardening by seniors in retirement homes.

Margaret, a senior herself, will work with fellow Canadian Organic Growers volunteers Rob Danforth, David Townson, and Sara Holzman to expand a program that was started as a pilot this summer. "This past year has been so satisfying to see seniors gardening and loving it," says Margaret. "We even had a Harvest Celebration with seniors helping to prepare the food that they grew themselves!" They also hope to connect the seniors in the program with children involved in the successful Growing Up Organic program, which was active in 26 schools in Ottawa this year and will be in more than 50 in 2013.

To learn more about the Senior Organic Gardeners program, visit

Funded by Ottawa, ON (November 2012)