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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

Does Toronto need a bold food strategy? Big Ideas live chat with Debbie Field and Rachel Gray
September 2, 2014

Join FoodShare Executive Director Debbie Field, and The Stop Community Food Centre Executive Director Rachel Gray as they participate in a Toronto Star Big Ideas live chat moderated by Christopher Hume.

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FoodShare Growing Food Possibilities Bus Tour - SAY YES to Markets and Market Gardens
September 17, 2014

FoodShare is inviting you to get on the bus! Come see great food possibilities on the ground. Hear from leaders about the impact the initiatives have, and our vision for the future together. Be inspired, challenged and ready to SAY YES!

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FoodShare Talks fall book club meeting: Free For All - fixing school food in America
November 5, 2014

Join our fall book club meeting featuring Janet Poppendieck's Free For All: Fixing School Food in America.

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