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.

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.”


Just Posted

Victoria Police seize drugs, replica firearms and $50,000 in cash after searching Victoria home

A property in the 600-block of Manchester Avenue is focus of investigation

Saanich resident leads crusade against cigarettes in B.C. drugstores

Province allows drugstores to sell cigarettes and some feel policy should change, retailers disagree

VICTORIA FRINGE FEST: There’s always something new to discover on stage

33rd annual live theatre festival has numerous styles and topics to choose from

Federal government funds 60 ‘micro-loft’ rental units set to open on Fort Street

The Sawyer Block at 840 Fort St. will house affordable units and a small amount of retail space

PHOTOS: India Mela celebrates culture, dance and food

The annual downtown event brought culture and fun together

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of Aug. 23

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Groovy wedding a throwback to Woodstock ‘69

Couple hosts themed wedding 50 years after legendary festival

Clean the house, prep for your next trip: Tips to nix the post-vacation blues

48 per cent of travellers are already stressed about ‘normal life’ while still on their trip

Vancouver Island senior found safe with help from six search and rescue teams

Wayne Strilesky found safe in thick brush in north Nanaimo

More women may need breast cancer gene test, U.S. guidelines say

Recommendations aimed at women who’ve been treated for BRCA-related cancers and are now cancer-free

Couple could go to jail for taking 88 lbs. of Italian sand

Pair said they didn’t know it was illegal to take the sand, which is protected as a public good

Bodies of two missing Surrey men found near Ashcroft: RCMP

Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr have been missing since July 17

Most Read