Hope Blooms

Hope Blooms (the North End Community Garden, Greenhouse and Youth Herb Dressing Business) was founded in 2008 by Jessie Jollymore, Community Dietician at the North End Community Health Centre, located in the inner city of the North End of Halifax. Working on food security issues and helping people with chronic illness, Jessie saw that simply telling people about the importance of a healthy diet wasn’t enough, and that if people cannot afford to buy healthy food, they were left feeling helpless. Walking past an abandoned garden site in Warrington Park, adjacent to Uniake Square, Jessie saw an opportunity to begin a grass roots project led by youth that could enable the community to take ownership of their food sources and empower people to make a difference in their own lives and the community at large. Jessie was warned that the garden would be vandalized, or she was shrugged off as being too idealistic, but six years later with a lot of perserverance and community support, the garden is thriving with over 40 youth and their families changing their community for the better, and demonstrating that “when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

Visit our website here: hopeblooms.ca