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Food Bank Garden Patch: Urban Agriculture in the Heart of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan


Downtown Saskatoon’s 1.5 acre Food Bank Garden Patch.

Urban agriculture is a new way for the Food banks to supply nutritious emergency food while addressing underlying causes of hunger and food insecurity.

By Alison Robertson
Director of Community Development,
Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre
July 26, 2012

If you are heading through downtown Saskatoon you will happen upon a somewhat unfamiliar sight – businesses owners, police officers, librarians, newcomers to Canada, and perhaps even the City’s mayor – all working together on a 1.5 garden parcel of once vacant land, now transformed into a beautiful, bountiful garden.

These community members from all walks of life have joined forces to grow food for hungry families in Saskatoon.

The Garden Patch is an innovative partnership between the City of Saskatoon and the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre. The City of Saskatoon has adopted a “Garden Site Policy” that allows community organizations to grow food on any vacant municipal land.

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July 27, 2012   1 Comment

How to install a front yard vegetable garden


Van Malone has installed a vegetable garden in front of his home on a corner lot in the upscale Atlanta suburban city of Dunwoody, which is urban agriculture-friendly.

Check with local zoning ordinances and keep it pretty to please the neighbors

By Tom Oder
Mother Nature Network
May 25 2012

Excerpt:

Malone has made his garden neighborhood-friendly in a number of ways:

Giving his neighbors an open invitation to pick what they want when they want.
Leaving a dull knife near the street so neighbors can cut their own produce.
Using the garden as a teaching tool to help neighborhood children learn how to grow healthy food.
Donating food from the garden to a local food pantry.

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July 27, 2012   Comments Off on How to install a front yard vegetable garden