As the COVID-19 pandemic has shown, the activities of the Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association (CSPMA) members are crucial. They take place in the important supply chain of food production. Maintaining food supplies is critical to feeding the North American population. To reinforce this idea, media have highlighted during those last months a growing trend for home and urban gardening. Indeed, many testimonials from garden centers across Canada and the US have been profiled explaining that many families were looking for growing media and seeds.
Whether in pots on a balcony, on patio’s or directly into the soil, home gardening has many benefits. The most obvious one is certainly the possibility for families and citizens to grow their own veggies, herbs and even fruits. For some, this opportunity enhances the possibility to reach self-sufficiency or at least make some winter provisions.
In addition to providing food security, home and urban gardening also has several virtues such as regaining sense of time in this world where immediacy reigns. Let’s face it, growing produce takes time! It is also a great activity for families to cultivate children’s sense of responsibility, and pride while keeping them amazed by miracles of nature. Moreover, connecting with nature through gardening is an excellent way to relax, reduce stress and even gain self-confidence.
Across the country, many local community gardens have been put in place. Not only have these initiatives helped many people to reach food security, it also allows citizens and families to get in touch with each other thereby breaking the isolation of some individuals.
The CSPMA’s members are all well aware of the importance of those benefits. Year after year, they contribute in their own way in promoting healthy habits through diverse gardening activities mostly by donating growing media. Whether they give to urban gardening initiatives dedicated to youth or to community gardens, they are all proud to contribute to the well-being of their communities through their expertise.
Home and urban gardening are more than a trend. It’s a lifestyle. The CSPMA and its members are happy to take part in this great social well-being movement.