Community gardening taking root in Toronto

March 8, 2013 | Carolyn

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Community gardens have been around for awhile, but it seems that in the last few years their profile is growing, so to speak, as the urban agriculture movement has increased awareness of the viability and the benefits of growing food in an urban environment.

Community gardens provide an opportunity to grow fruits, vegetables and ornamental plants to people who might not otherwise be able to do so. Most are located on public land and managed by the participants; the gardening may be done either communally or in individual plots.

We've prepared a timely guide about gardening in Toronto with links to community resources.

Whether you'll be gardening in your own backyard this year or in a community garden, it's not too soon to start thinking about the growing season. If you want to grow plants from seeds, it's almost time to get started. Toronto hosts a growing number of seed exchanges, where gardeners can contribute seeds they have collected and take seeds contributed by others. Seedy Saturday events are being held around the city throughout March, with the biggest event on Saturday March 9 at the Evergreen Brickworks.



Small-plot, High-yield Gardening: grow like a pro, save money and eat well from your front (or back or side) yard organic produce garden

City Farmer:: adventures in urban food growing - also available as an eBook

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Small-Space Gardening

Small is Bountiful: getting more crops from your pots

Grow Great Grub: organic food from small spaces

Reclaiming Our Food: how the grassroots food movement is changing the way we eat


And if visiting one of the Seedy Saturday events inspires you, consider:

also available as an eBook      Index.aspx