Community crops


Social Services student leads greenhouse build for retirement home

For Billy Upton, a new greenhouse filled with fresh herbs and vegetables was the inspiration to help grow a community connection.

Last spring, the Social Services student at Nova Scotia Community College‘s Burridge Campus approached the Villa St. Joseph du lac with an idea to build a greenhouse for the residents through the College’s Difference Dollars for Service Learning program. The program provided funds and encouraged students to use their skills to inspire social and economic development.

“I immediately had a passion for this,” says Billy. “We brainstormed as a class about the needs of the community, about sustainable and healthy food. That’s where the idea came from.”

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