Preparing for fundraiser involving West Coast Seeds
Natalie Hamilton

From planting to watering to thinning a garden, Can You Dig It is providing gardening tips in an engaging way through a new 10-part video series.

PosAbilities’ Can You Dig It community garden initiative partnered with the Stage Door Theatre Troupe, a group of talented actors supported by the agency, to create the videos. The three-minute videos feature a Can You Dig It gardening specialist and a different Stage Door thespian in each one.

The series targets beginning gardeners and covers the basic fundamentals of gardening. It will be posted on YouTube for ease of access.

“We’re really excited about that,” says Alisha Mann, network marketer for Can You Dig It.

“The process of making the videos created an exciting sense of inclusion. Creating the videos was almost as rewarding as seeing them done,” she adds.

Alisha says the idea for the videos came about when Can You Dig It was trying to find gardening resources online. In addition to the videos, the gardening initiative will be launching a new package of materials containing fact sheets for intermediate gardeners, covering topics such as how to create compost.

The videos and fact sheets will be unveiled during the growing season, which begins in March.

Also coming next month, is a new fundraising project. Can You Dig It is partnering with West Coast Seeds and will be selling seeds through the SoKap website. The seeds can be shipped nationally and Can You Dig It will receive 40 per cent of the proceeds from seeds purchased. Groups can also purchase the seeds to raise funds for their own initiatives and Can You Dig It will reap some of the benefits of that transaction too.

Can You Dig It was launched in 2009. It was seen as a way to create opportunities for people who have a developmental disability to experience social and economic inclusion through produce gardening. Supported individuals soon became involved with building and co-ordinating the gardens.

For more information, visit Can You Dig It’s Facebook page.

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