The food garden is returning to Lansdowne Centre this Thursday.
For the second year in a row, Lansdowne Centre has transformed the southeast corner of its parking lot as well as the planters next to the Lansdowne Centre Skytrain station into garden plots.
More than 1,000-pounds of fresh produce grown from the food garden were donated to the Richmond Food Bank Society and Urban Bounty last year.
The produce was then delivered by the organizations to support local families in need, said Bronwyn Bailey, marketing manager at Lansdowne Centre.
Although last year's program turned out to be a success, Bailey said they hope to see more community members or groups getting involved or benefiting from the food garden this time.
Meanwhile, a gardener will be on-site every Thursday from May 12 to Sept. 15 to host free, family-friendly drop-in workshops.
The workshops will cover different topics each week and will take place between 12 and 1 p.m.
"We want to extend invitations to local schools, summer camps, senior groups, community organizations, or just individuals interested in learning more about gardening," said Bailey.
"If we can turn a corner of a parking lot into a beautiful oasis, complete with pollinator plants for bees and butterflies, as well as fresh veggies to feed and nourish, then anything is possible from those with large plots to balconies."
Three special Veggie Day celebrations will also be held inside the mall over the next three months for visitors to participate in activities, get some free fresh veggies for free and hands-on gardening tips from experts to mark the return of the food garden.
For more information, go to the food garden's website.