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Community Gardens

At one time growing food in the city was commonplace and still is in many places around the world. But dense development, high property values and loss of knowledge have largely deprived city-dwellers of the benefits of growing food close to home. Regardless of these barriers, there remain many unlikely patches of urban land (and roofs) all over the city that can sustain food production.  FoodShare focuses on community gardens as a place where people come together to grow food. Community gardens can be in containers, in the ground, on rooftops; a collection of individual plots, a large community plot, or a mixture of both. Community gardening is different from allotment, backyard, or balcony gardening in its community focus: the people growing in the garden share ideas, resources, and experiences rather than working alone.

From 2006-2011, the Toronto Community Food Animators, a partnership between FoodShare, Afri-Can FoodBasket, and The Stop Community Food Centre, encouraged and advocated on behalf of gardeners throughout Toronto, and started over 15 community gardens. 

In 2010 the Toronto Community Food Animators also partnered with Toronto Community Housing Corporation to conduct city-wide consultations to create a strategy for expanding and better supporting community gardens in social housing across Toronto. 

Resources
Community Gardens - 10 Steps to Start a Community Garden
Community Gardens - Community Gardening 101
Community Gardens - Frequently Asked Questions about Community Gardens
Community Gardens - Gardening with Children
Community Gardens - Gardening with People with Disabilities
Community Gardens - Month by Month
Community Gardens - Rooftop Gardening
Community Gardens - Seed Saving
Community Gardens - Seed Starting
Community Gardens - Succession Planting
Community Gardens - What Makes a Succesful Community Garden
Composting - Presentation
Compost Breakdown
Growing Sprouts + Seedlings
How Does Our Garden Grow
Roots to Rooftops - Workshop Facilitation Resources 
Seeds of Our City: Case Studies from 8 Diverse Gardens in Toronto
Starting a Community Garden (Live Green Toronto)

 

 

Upcoming Events

Market Gardens In The City: Groundbreaking Expertise from Urban Farmers in Toronto
September 16, 2015

Get to know the urban farmers growing and selling in Toronto!

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Market Gardens in the City: Learn from Ground Breaking Urban Farmers
September 17, 2015

Meet with Market Gardeners and Urban Farmers who have made it their business to grow and sell in the city of Toronto. They have their hands dirty and are navigating the world of growing, business plans, farmer's markets, CSA's, restaurants and added value products. Meet the people who have jumped in, hear their stories in a morning panel and get the chance to ask each of them key questions in the afternoon.

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FoodShare Academy: Making Jams with Sybil Pinnock
September 18, 2015

Using fresh fall strawberries, you will learn jam making and canning techniques with Sybil Pinnock. She will teach you how to pick the right fruit, preparation of the fruit and of jars, and give experienced advice on different recipes for jams. All participants will have hands on opportunities to learn from start to finish and take home jars of jam.

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