Apply now to participate! Applications are now due by April 12th, 2024. 

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Growing Resilience: Mitigating Eco-Anxiety Through 2SLGBTQIA+ Youth-led Gardening and Biodiversity Projects
is for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth between the ages of 16-26 in the Greater Saint John region who are interested in gardening, local food, and identifying ways they can address climate change in their communities. 


Over 8 months, youth will participate in 7 workshops to learn how to start, grow, harvest, and cook their own food produced locally in community garden plots. Participants will be able to take home and eat any of the food that they produce! Additionally, they will partake in a Photovoice project where they will identify the things in their communities that they see as issues and assets to address climate change. A final celebration event will take place in Saint John where we can share the story of the program by displaying the results of the Photovoice sessions completed by the youth for the public, friends, and family to view. 


20 2SLGBTQIA+ youths from the Saint John region will be accepted for this program and will be compensated for their participation with an honorarium! Email jordan.kilgour@nben.ca to fill out a short application. Applications are now due by April 12th, 2024. 


This program is occurring in partnership with ACAP Saint John, Chroma NB, Wisdom2Action, and the New Brunswick Environmental Network (NBEN), and is funded by Ecclesiastical Insurance and the Government of New Brunswick.


Eligibility: 

  • Youth between the ages of 16-26 
  • Identify as 2SLGBTQIA+
  • Live in the Greater Saint John Region 
  • Available to meet in person several times between April-November 2024*
  • Access to wifi and a device with the capacity to connect to Zoom for 1-2 virtual Photovoice sessions

*Must be able to commit to attending all scheduled group workshops (listed below). A volunteer schedule for maintaining the gardens throughout the spring and summer will be created to accommodate your availability. Funds to aid with transportation to and from the community gardens and/or workshops will be provided. 


Rough Schedule: 

(exact dates still to be determined)


  • April: First Photovoice session
  • April / May: Soil Quality Testing and Seed-starting workshop
  • May: Planting in the ground 
  • June: Urban Edible Foods
  • August: Cooking workshop 
  • September: Seed collecting 
  • October/November: Final Photovoice Session and Celebration
  • TBD: Gleaning Field trip 
  • Ongoing throughout the program: Harvesting, Maintaining, Weeding, and Watering in the garden plots
  • May-October: 1-2 virtual follow-up Photovoice sessions
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