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scadCrate Garden. Staff photo/Justin Skinner. Rachel Kimel, left, and Deena DelZotto of the Bowery Project lead the initiative to build a crate garden outside of Scadding Court Community Centre, on Thursday.

Scadding Court Community Centre and Yorkdale Shopping Centre welcome innovative ‘crate’ gardens

By Justin Skinner
Inside Toronto
City Centre Mirror
May 24, 2016


At Scadding Court Community Centre, a new crate garden installed by urban gardening initiative The Bowery Project and local volunteers will see 250 square feet of food being grown.

It features 500 milk crates stacked two crates high, with plants being grown in the uppermost crate. Given that soil in cities often contains contaminants, the two-crate stacks help ensure the soil in which the food is grown is clean and free of toxins.

Rachel Kimel, who co-founded The Bowery Project ( with Deena DelZotto a few years ago, said the Scadding crate garden would support the surrounding community in several ways.

“The food grown here will support Alexandra Park throughout its revitalization, along with the (Scadding Court) community centre and its food programs and a local youth centre,” she said. “It’s also a good way to engage local youth. Alexandra Park youth will do the maintenance work, and it helps connect people because when you’re out getting dirty in the garden, there are no language barriers.”

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