In early 2018, St Luke's began exploring partnership opportunities with Jenn McCallum, a Coordinator in the Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods (SUN) section of Peterborough GreenUP. SUN has piloted several initiatives that include community gardens in Peterborough and specifically in the Curtis Creek area. St Luke's is a central location in that neighbourhood in East City.
The goals of the garden projects focus on availability of fresh food, climate change practices, food literacy, and engagement with people in local neighbourhoods.
St Luke's now makes its front lawns (339 square metres or over 3,500 square feet) available to the neighbourhood for community gardens.
The SUN programme has been instrumental in making connections within local neighbourhoods. They also work in cooperation with The Nourish Project to assist local groups in creating community garden projects. "The Nourish Project uses a collaborative approach to grow access to healthy, locally-produced food, food literacy, and food advocacy. Through innovative programs and strong partnerships, we create spaces where people feel that they belong."
The St Luke's Community Gardens is one example of the parish's caring and connecting with the community.