A Dream that has Become Real
Since it began in 2008, Rainbow Community Garden, operated by the Immigrants Integration and Farming Worker Community Co-op (IIFC), has grown quickly from only a handful of participants to over 120 families. Throughout this growth, Food Matters Manitoba has funded IIFC through two Heifer International (now Heifer International Canada) funded projects including currently through the Revisioning the Manitoba Harvest (RVMH) project.
Rainbow Gardeners come from countries around the world (see page 3), creating a vibrant, multicultural garden atmosphere that brings people together through gardening. Most gardeners live in downtown Winnipeg, although there are gardeners living in other parts of the city as well. The largest garden site is at the University of Manitoba, while there is a smaller location in St Vital. Even though IIFC has grown substantially in recent years, there is still far more demand for plots than the IIFC can provide, demonstrating significant interest among newcomers in food production.