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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

Wast(ED): Food
July 9, 2015

Hear from innovators turning food waste into healthy meals, black gold and renewable energy at this Waste Education speaker series.

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Field to Table Schools: Good Food Education Training 2015
August 24, 2015

Experience our tried-and-true, curriculum-connected food literacy workshops, bringing plants & gardening, cooking & tasting, and soil & composting to life for students from JK - Grade 12. Learn from our dynamic team of FoodShare educators and connect with a network of food and garden educators across the city and province!

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FoodShare Academy: Season Extension- Building and Using Lightweight Coldframe Kits
August 27, 2015

Earn the envy of your friends and neighbours as you continue to harvest fresh vegetables from your garden even when there is snow on the ground! In this workshop you will learn inexpensive ways to keep your garden productive longer, and to get a head start in the spring.

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