Gardening and food-growing projects are widely advised across the globe, and being in a natural environment can improve one’s physical health and mental wellbeing. This was the message to children who attended a Mandela Day programme at Ottery Library on Tuesday morning. According to library staff, it was a harvest occasion with children helping in the library’s food garden. Regular young visitors to the library excitedly picked the first fruits of their labour.The gardening project is known to be a community partnership to give back to the neighbourhood. The library staff partnered with Clifford Caesar of Greenlight Organic Food Gardens, Christo Williams of Africa Jam, Shaun Warner of Ottery Poetry Initiative and Happy Hearts Seniors. After a fruitful day of working in the garden, library staff took off to deliver their crops to the Heaven’s Nest orphanage in Ottery. Staff members also served warm soup and bread to children at four crèches in the area.