UVic students work on Pacifica Housing garden

Volunteer work done through university’s Project Serve Day

First year UVic student Andrew Geppert tills the soil at Pacifica Housing's community garden in Langford on Saturday afternoon. The volunteer work was a part of the school's Project Serve Day.

First year UVic student Andrew Geppert tills the soil at Pacifica Housing's community garden in Langford on Saturday afternoon. The volunteer work was a part of the school's Project Serve Day.

A dozen or so University of Victoria students got their hands dirty and spent the afternoon of Oct. 1 working in the community garden at Pacifica Housing in Langford as part of the school’s fourth annual Project Serve Day.

In addition to Pacifica Housing, a non-profit organization that provides affordable housing for families and individuals in need, the school’s 300-plus volunteers worked with a long list of community groups in Greater Victoria as part of the initiative, including Big Brothers and Big Sisters, the Boys and Girls Club and Woodwynn Farms.

The site on Goldstream Avenue is one of the Pacifica’s many housing complexes in the region and the garden, located towards the back of the property, is used by all West Shore Pacifica residents.

“Food is grown and incorporated into community meals … it’s essentially a big community initiative,” said Sacha Sauve, manager of fund development and communications with Pacifica. She added that it’s a good way to create sustainable food and “get people together and outside, getting their hands dirty and all the therapeutic benefits that come with that.”

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