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Video: Flour Mill Community Farm helps youth grow in more ways than one

Growing vegetables, friendships and a sense of pride and accomplishment

Did you know there is an urban farm located in the heart of the Flour Mill?

The Flour Mill Community Farm is the first urban farm in Northeastern Ontario, and employs students to grow tomatoes, carrots, zucchinis, strawberries, radishes and more.

But the students aren't just growing vegetables. 

Farm co-ordinator Miranda MacLeod said the life skills and connections the youth make with one another will help prepare them for the future.

"They go away with a sense of accomplishment seeing things grow from the ground up and a whole new world that they've never experienced before," MacLeod said.

Best Ijomah is one of the students who worked in the garden this summer. He moved to Canada from Africa two years ago. 

Not only was this the first job Ijomah ever had, but the experience gave the 18-year-old the opporunity to learn how to grow and taste foods he's never seen before. 

Watch the video to see which vegetable is his favourite and how the experience helped him grow new friendships with his peers.

The Flour Mill Community Farm and market is located at 736 Bruce Ave., next to the Ryan Heights Playground.