A gardening event is encouraging residents to begin growing their own food and learn about the benefits of gardening.

The Fort St. John Community Food Security Committee will be holding the “Come to the Table” event on Saturday.

Although the community garden is new to Fort St. John, having only begun last summer, Beth Thompson, one of the committee’s members, told Issues and Answers on Wednesday that the committee wants to encourage people to get involved in gardening in various ways.

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Thompson says some of the benefits people have in growing their own food is that they know just how healthy their food is and exactly where it came from.

Emily Goodman, another of the committee’s members, says the committee hopes to get various individuals involved in gardening, even if they do not have their own garden access.

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The event will include hands-on activities for all ages and gardening skill levels. Some of the booths at the event will allow residents to learn about doing yoga in their gardens, literacy promotion through gardening, composting and getting children involved in gardening.

The event will take place on Saturday at the North Peace Cultural Centre from 12 until 5 p.m. and the committee will be handing out tomato seedlings to the first 200 residents that attend the event.