The Julien Project - Using Gardening to Enrich Lives

Contact Information
Alternate Name CV19
Office Phone 519-824-5524
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Primary Contact Sharon Stewart, Project Founder, Director and Registered Horticultural Therapist; Email:
Alternate Contact Josh Grignon, Chair; Phone: 519-651-7210; Email:
Description (Site) Program locations include Ignatius Jesuit Centre, HOPE House, schools (Upper Grand District School Board, Wellington Catholic District School Board)
Site Location Ignatius Jesuit Centre Farmlands
Located In Community Guelph
Address & Map
5420 Hwy 6 N
Guelph, ON N1H 6J2
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Intersection Hwy 6 N and Woodlawn Rd (Hwy 7)
Mailing Address c/o The Julien Project, Ignatius Jesuit Centre - Orchard Park, Courtyard Garden
Physical Access Fully Accessible - barrier free environment
Description & Services
Description (Agency) Social and therapeutic gardening for people of diverse backgrounds and abilities to facilitate personal growth, community integration, environmental well-being and to enrich lives.
Description (Service) COVID-19 Update: Temporarily closed until further notice. Spring programming to be confirmed.

Children and Youth School Programs
* student participants (at risk youth)
* special needs / alternative learning program referrals

Horticultural Therapy Internship Program
* accredited by Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association
* candidates must be on a career path to become Registered Horticultural Therapist
* must complete 1000 intern hours

Trauma Recovery and Healing Programs - Supported Volunteer Program
* participant referrals from mental health community
* garden activities supported by Registered Horticultural Therapist

Fee for Service - Referred and Self-referred Client Populations
* gardening workshops enhance the personal skills of participants, promote health, and facilitate community integration
* workshops are private, usually one-to-one

Annual Community Events
* Taste Real Local Food Fest - garden tours, workshops, sale of plants and garden products
* Beauty and the Beets event - sale of products made by the students
Hours Programs (spring, summer, fall) Mon-Fri 9 am-4 pm 
Board meetings held monthly, 8-10 times annually
Areas Served Guelph ; Wellington County
Eligibility Ages: 8 year(s) - 40 year(s) 
To volunteer, participants require references for garden and program participation  
Fee for Service: 
* Referred and Self-Referred Client Populations: participants referred from community agencies, local schools, family members, health care organizations  
* Supported Volunteer Program: participants referred by mental health professionals and clinics  
* Children and Youth School Programs: referrals from alternative learning or special needs programs (Upper Grand District School Board, Wellington Catholic District School Board)  
* Trauma Program: participant referrals from public, family members, HOPE House downtown, Immigrant Services and Guelph Police Service
Application Call or visit website for information
Languages English
Fees Donation - donations welcome ; Program fees to be determined by percentage supported by funding grants and organization's or participant's capacity to pay fee for service. In some cases full services fees may apply.
Other Details
Legal Status (50) Non Profit ; (51) Registered Charity
Established 2007
Funding Provincial - Ontario Trillium Foundation ; Grants ; Bell Let's Talk, The Carrot Cache Toronto and City of Guelph grants, Rotary Club Guelph, CIBC Wood Gundy, Christian Farmers Federation Wellington County, Meridian Bank, Stantec, Police Services Board Guelph 
Project Sponsors: Ignatius Jesuit Centre, Scotiabank, Wellington Catholic District School Board
Print Material Julien Project Community Partners and Sponsors
Service Categories Community Gardens ; Horticultural Therapy ; Horticultural Therapy ~ At Risk Youth ; Horticultural Therapy ~ Children and Youth With Disabilities ; Internship Programs ; Volunteer Opportunities