Garden boxes growing

Fresh food goes to feed the hungry.

Jenn Bogwald

Jenn Bogwald

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, the Young Professionals of Nanaimo have a number of reasons to recognize the contributions of volunteers, the business community and its own members who came together to produce food for those in need of assistance.

That support created the YPN Gardens North (Turner Road at the Island Highway) and South (Needham and Milton streets).

These beds have produced more than 30 boxes of fresh vegetables donated to the Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank.

With the success of the projects, YPN is building 20 new garden beds from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday (Oct. 2) at the north location for more people in the community to operate and lease.

“There has been lots of interest from the community.  This support, as well as the support of all the local businesses, has been key in keeping momentum in our first year” said Jenn Bogwald, gardens coordinator.  “We’re always looking for volunteers, so if you are interested in participating either by leasing a bed or being involved with the food bank plots, please contact us.”

The YPN has received tremendous support from local businesses, Bogwald said. Significant contributions from Sea Soil, Rona, Island Smart Irrigation and Milner Group were instrumental to the fall expansion.

For information on the gardens, please visit or e-mail

YPN’s mission is to create a connected young professional community in Nanaimo and support the professional development of its members, as well as develop and strengthen the city.

For more information on how to become a YPN member, please go to or e-mail