Paramedics Relax and Give Back by Gardening

Hamilton paramedic Heather Little weeds one of 30 garden beds she helped plant on the lawn at the EMS Mountain station. (photo courtesy Kelly Bennett/CBC)
Hamilton paramedic Heather Little weeds one of 30 garden beds she helped plant on the lawn at the EMS Mountain station. (photo credit: Kelly Bennett/CBC)

Being a paramedic is difficult. Paramedics have very stressful jobs responding to emergencies and keeping us safe. Finding a way to relax after a hard day is important, and it is even better if you can relax while helping others.

In Hamilton, Canada, paramedics have turned to gardening as a way to reduce stress, relax, and give back to their community. They began turning medians between roads and sidewalks into raised garden beds. In these gardens they plant vegetables like lettuce, tomatoes, broccoli, cucumbers, cabbage and herbs.

Last year they raised over 1,400 pounds of vegetables, which they give to a local food bank and a neighborhood senior center. This year they have already been able to donate over 900 pounds of food.

What are some ways you can help your community?