Youville Centre Students Celebrate Earth Day

May 31st, 2012

On a sunny day, a group of five Youville Centre Students Celebrate Earth Day.


On Friday, May 25th, Youville Centre Staff and Students joined together for our annual Earth Day Cleanup. With yard cleanup supplies provided by Youville Centre volunteers and City of Ottawa’s Cleaning the Capital, our students successfully raked, swept and rid our yard of litter and waste. Due to the generosity of Alissa Campbell and Colin Lundy from Growing Up Organic at the Canadian Organic Growers Ottawa Chapter we were lucky enough to receive many seedlings for our gardens this year! It is our hope that over time we will be able to grow this partnership and incorporate gardening into our programming for our young mothers and their children in the future.

The students planted the following in the gardens:

  • peppers
  • garlic chives
  • chives
  • mint
  • parsley
  • wild pansies
  • rhubarb
  • tarragon
  • onion
  • fennel
  • calendula



It was a great opportunity for staff and students to work together out of respect for not only our immediate environment, but also for the Earth as a whole. Thank you to everyone who helped us in our efforts!

We are still looking for gardening tools and gloves to support our work in the garden this year and to stock up for our cleanup day next year. If you have any extra garden tools you’d like to donate, please contact our Communications Officer at (613) 231-5150 Ext. 128 or .