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Gardengate

Personal and community wellness go hand in hand. That’s why our Gardengate Horticulture Program was designed with both in mind.

Gardengate is a space of healing and recovery for individuals living with addictions or mental health conditions. Through activities in the garden, we’ll support you to work towards personal goals such as healthy eating, active living, or vocational training.  Build skills and confidence as you grow and harvest food for yourself, and for the Kamloops community.

The Gardengate Facility Expansion Project

Since Gardengate’s inception in 2000, we have been operating out of a 700ft space, half of which is not heated, and unusable during the chilly winter months. Over the years, our program has grown but our space has not. Just as plants need repotting in order to thrive, we too need room to grow.

Our proposed new facility, equipped with a fully functioning commercial kitchen, will allow us to serve more participants and expand the range of skills we help nurture, such as cooking, carpentry, sales, marketing and machine maintenance.

However, we need help in order to see this project completed and are excited to announce that we will be launching our first ever fundraising campaign to aid in this expansion. With help from our communities our goal is to raise $500,000 by May 2020, begin the planning and permitting by June 2020, break ground in October 2020, and celebrate the project’s completion by August 2021.

Eligibility.

Want to know if the Gardengate Program is for you? Go through this short list to find out.

Participants

You can sign up as a participant if:

  • You have an addiction, or a mental health condition, and
  • You are interested in Gardengate programs

Volunteers

You can sign up as a volunteer if:

  • You are interested in volunteering
  • You are interested in gardening
  • You are interested in supporting other program activities

Client Spotlight.

Tom’s Story

Tom was a 21-year-old living with bipolar disorder when he arrived at South Hills Tertiary Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centre in June of 2016. His mental illness caused him to feel confused and...

Gardengate Program Breaking New Ground in Kamloops

Open Door Group’s Gardengate Horticulture Program is growing its services thanks to a new space set to break ground this spring! The program team is in the process of building a brand new two-thousand square foot facility, with construction set to break ground this spring.

Getting Started.

Contact Us

Contact us to set up a tour of the garden.  You can phone or email us directly, or ask someone to arrange the tour on your behalf.

Tours are about 20 minutes, and take place Monday to Friday afternoons by appointment.

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Apply

Enjoy the tour and ask questions. If you decide the program is right for you after the tour, we will give you some paperwork to fill out.

You can take the paperwork away with you to complete on your own or with support from another person.

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Begin

Once you have completed the paperwork, call us to set up your first shift.

We will work with you to find a day that works for you. This day will become your weekly shift.  Program shifts start at 9 am and go until 12 pm, with a break at 10:15 am.

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Our Funders & Partners.