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Any Urban Garden Share Programs in T.O.? I provide my backyard and get produce in return...

janel Mar 12, 2009 01:09 PM

Does anyone know of any urban garden sharing programs in Toronto? By that I mean where I provide the use of my backyard and in return I get a share of veggies from my garden and others.

I've heard of this before, but not sure if we have this in Toronto. It's a good way to get fresh, local, organic produce for free. The gardeners make a profit from selling some of the produce.


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    JennaBean RE: janel Mar 12, 2009 02:59 PM

    I would love to do something like this! I've seen it in many other places and know of a few in Toronto but none in my hood. Where about are you located?

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      janel RE: JennaBean Mar 13, 2009 09:17 AM

      I'm in the Danforth area of Toronto - an area where I'm sure there would be lots of willing participants. You said you know of a few in Toronto, can you please let me know who they are? Thanks.

    2. GoodGravy RE: janel Mar 12, 2009 07:18 PM

      I'd be interested in the answer to this as well. Alternatively, if there's a community garden program where you can get a small plot to work on in a shared space, that would be nice too.

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        mmmarmoset RE: GoodGravy Mar 13, 2009 01:09 PM

        The city of Toronto has community gardens and allotment gardens, but there is often a waiting list to get one.

        Foodshare is a great resource to at least find answers to these questions.

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        DanieDines RE: amypenn Mar 13, 2009 10:42 PM

        East York Community Garden has individual plots where you grow food for yourself as well as some to give to the foodbank and others in need. It supports seniors and people with Diabetes type 2, it has a childrens garden and is used as a teaching garden for youths. You can grow veggies, herbs, flowers, trees, shrubs, perrenials, annuals the works. Home Depot helps prepare the beds, and they have a harvest party etc.
        Sorry don't know how to do a link but google East York Community Garden and all the info is there. Not sure about the waiting list though.

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          Zengarden RE: janel Mar 14, 2009 07:03 AM

          Would this link be of any assistance?


          Good luck.

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            blizzardgirl33 RE: janel Mar 20, 2010 01:02 PM

            Here's a link to a garden share program in Toronto:

            You might also find useful info in the Garden section of the FoodShare website: http://www.foodshare.net/
            Or another Toronto Urban Community Gardening group is Growing for Green:

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              floydcooper RE: janel Mar 20, 2010 02:14 PM

              The Stop http://www.thestop.org/yes-in-my-back... has a program like this. The produce is meant for feeding others, not for profit.

              1. Full tummy RE: janel Mar 21, 2010 01:32 PM

                Alas, I've only ever experienced "I grow vegetables and the raccoons eat them in return" here in Toronto.

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                  capiscum RE: janel Mar 24, 2010 07:50 AM

                  Here's a piece from the Star about the program at the Stop. http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/artic...

                  If you already have a fruit tree, you can also get it picked by Not Far From the Tree.

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                    Nyleve RE: janel Mar 24, 2010 04:19 PM

                    There was a piece about this on CBC radio this afternoon: http://www.youngurbanfarmers.com/

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                      Gugy RE: janel Mar 31, 2010 03:45 AM

                      I just saw a flyer for this at a local gym:

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                        moreana RE: janel May 29, 2010 05:02 PM

                        There is a group called Young Urban Farmers that operate as a CSA (Community Shared Agriculture). http://www.youngurbanfarmers.com/ I heard about them during "Seedy Saturday" this year.

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