Get Involved in Oliver’s Garden Project

Hamilton, ON – March 20, 2012 – Spring is here and Oliver’s Garden Project is going strong.  Now is your chance to get involved!  Join us in helping youth and their families to make a difference in their community through organic vegetable gardening.

Oliver’s Garden Project started in 2011 when Oliver and Piper Allen-Cillis and their family decided to sell all of the produce from their backyard garden and donate the proceeds to a youth charity.  The family paired up with the Hamilton Community Garden Network ( and with support through online votes the project won the Nature’s Path Gardens for Good contest award to get more families involved.

To grow the project, we are going to provide five families in the South Sherman area with all of the supplies and education they need to grow their own vegetable gardens.  Organic gardening workshops to support the families will also be open to the public.  In addition, we are working with students at Parkview Secondary School to grow seedlings for the families and nearby community gardens.

You can be involved by:

  • Becoming one of the 5 gardening families (contact us for an application)
  • Volunteering to help start and maintain the new gardens
  • Donating supplies or money to the project
  • Sharing land with families without yards
  • Participating in workshops

If you want to apply to become one of the five gardening families (applications due April  6, 2012)  or to get involved in other ways, please contact Stacey Allen-Cillis ( or Clare Wagner (, 905-540-8787×158) or visit the project’s website

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