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Canada: Think spring now to take your weedy lawn to foodie heaven

L to R: Conrad Melanson, Luca Gervais, Marianne Gervais and Anne-Marie Gervais have turned their typical backyard into an incredible vegetable garden Jean Levac / Postmedia

Their south-facing 66 by 40 foot Alta Vista backyard also produces beans, peas, lettuce, carrots, tomatoes big and small, sweet and three kinds of hot peppers, chard, kale, garlic, radishes, cucumbers, zucchini and beets.

By Megan Gillis
Ottawa Citizen
Sept 1


Growing your own food is a burgeoning trend, according to Jordan Bouchard, the coordinator of the Community Gardening Network of Ottawa.

The network is part of non-profit Just Food, which spreads gardening know-how to home and community gardeners from a farm near Blackburn Hamlet while growing produce for food banks and promoting small local growers. The aim is food security for all.

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Toronto offers urban agriculture opportunities

Building Roots’ Darcy Higgins shows off the community allotment garden at the Allen Gardens property.

The city boasts 12 outdoor allotment gardens and one indoor garden where residents can rent plots

By Justin Skinner
City Centre Mirror
Aug 31, 2017


“In cities, green space is at a premium, especially publicly accessible green space,” said Rhonda Teitel-Payne of Toronto Urban Growers. “In the downtown core in particular, there’s a lot of built environment and not a lot of green space, but in some ways the space that’s there is more accessible than the space that’s available in the suburbs.”

Teitel-Payne noted that urban agriculture is cropping up in a variety of ways, from public gardens in parks to private gardens, backyard and rooftop spaces, to aquaponics. Still, when looking to start up a community garden, she noted organizers often wind up fighting an uphill battle.

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