Gardens by Refugees and Other Newcomers Welcomed (GROW)

What is Gardens by Refugees and Other Newcomers Welcomed (GROW)?

Are you new to Canada? Do you enjoy growing plants? If you are interested or experienced in gardening, join our GROW program!

In this program, you will:

  • Plant a community garden
  • Share your gardening experience with others
  • Learn about gardening in Canada
  • Join a group of garden-loving refugees and newcomers
  • Get to know new people and make connections

The GROW program runs during the summer. At the end of the summer, we will celebrate with the Harvest Festival. At the Harvest Festival, participants in the GROW program will make a multicultural meal using the food grown in the gardens.

Funding made possible thanks to:

When is it?

The time commitment for this program is 1-4 hours each week. Please see the schedule below, or contact Cesar Suva at cesarsuva@immigrant-education.cafor more information.

 Months Activities
March-April 2019 Planting seedlings and building planter boxes
May 2019 Outdoor gardening begins
June-August 2019 Ongoing care of gardens
September 2019 Harvest food

Where is it?

This program is offered at the following locations:

  1. CIES Forest Lawn (SE)
    • 1723 – 40th Street Southeast, Calgary, AB T2A 7Y3
    • Contact (403) 235-3666
  1. CIES Whitehorn (NE)
    • 3820 – 32nd Street Northeast, Calgary, AB T1Y 7L9
    • Contact (403) 291-0002

What is the cost?

This program is offered free of charge.

How do I join?

Requirements / Eligibility

This program is open to CIES students and staff members at our Forest Lawn (SE) and Whitehorn (NE) locations.


There is no online registration for this program.To register, please contactCesar Suva:

  • Call (403) 235-3666 and ask for Cesar
  • E-mail

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