Two and a half year-old Nicholas Thaler spent the past summer helping his mom and dad grow a variety of delicious vegetables in their family garden in Ingoldsby.
A gardener at heart, some of the items he grew included zucchinis, lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, kale and more. His favourite things to grow and eat are little tomatoes and zucchini, said his mom Katie Paroschy.
“We have a big garden and Nicholas helps plant it,” she said. “Mostly he helps pick things.”
After he helps pick the veggies, he then sells them to neighbours and friends at ‘Nicholas’s Veggie Stand’, said Katie. However Nicholas doesn’t squander his proceeds on candy or toys, but instead puts it to good use.
“With the money he made he got to keep half for his savings account and the other half he donates to a local charity. This year we decided to donate to SIRCH Community Services,” said Katie.
Nicholas donated $93 to SIRCH this fall, all raised from selling his veggies. His donation enabled SIRCH to give more than 18 nutritious meals to those in need. We are so grateful to Nicholas!
Last year he donated his garden proceeds to the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre.
Katie says the large garden is a community effort, with lots of friends and neighbours helping out. However Nicholas pulls his weight.
“He is a good worker, he’s a good helper around the house and the yard,” said his mom.