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Luke Nguyen

Ajax, ON

Luke Nguyen, an ardent environmental advocate, co-founded Operation EcoPen, encouraging recycling of writing tools and crayons across Toronto. Knowledgeable in waste management, he initiated large event composting in his town. His innovative mealworm farm nourishes rescued animals at the Toronto Wildlife Centre, and his pandemic-era victory garden mitigates local hunger with hundreds of pounds of vegetables and provides wildlife feed. As a member of Ontario Nature Youth Council and his high school's Eco Club, he champions outreach and ecosystem restoration initiatives. His Sprout Idea Fellowship project "Seeds That Feed" expands his urban gardening efforts, aiming to further aid Feed the Need in Durham, the Queen’s University Food Bank, and local community gardens, including Lakeridge Health's Indigenous Community & Healing Garden.

Seeds That Feed

Seeds That Feed is a project to grow vegetables in an urban setting to fight hunger in the community.

About this Project

Communities Served

My project will involve and/or impact the following communities:

  • At risk youth & children
  • Senior citizens
  • Refugees & newcomers
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Racial or visible minorities
  • Vulnerable individuals (e.g. those experiencing addiction, abuse)
  • Multi-barrier populations

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

When it comes to community impact projects, the UN has created 17 Sustainable Development Goals. These are the Sustainable Development Goals associated with my project.

  • SDG 1: No poverty
  • SDG 2: Zero hunger
  • SDG 3: Good health and Well-being
  • SDG 10: Reduced inequalities
  • SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

How the project works

Seeds That Feeds endeavours to transform urban spaces into places to grow food for community members in need. Early this spring, we started planting seeds and preparing seedlings. We will be continuing our activities into the fall harvest season.

Project Impact

Seeds That Feed will deliver a bounty of fresh vegetables to our community, directly combating local hunger. We also seek to inspire urban gardening as a powerful strategy for food security, potentially transforming lives and fostering a culture of sustainable living.

Project Mission

Seeds That Feed is committed to alleviating local hunger through providing abundant fresh vegetables to our community. Our mission also encapsulates promoting urban gardening as an impactful tool for food security, aiming to inspire societal transformation and endorse sustainability.

Project Team

At Operation EcoPen, we're innovative youth committed to environmental stewardship and supporting our community.