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Yes in My Back Yard
Do you have a backyard that you would like to put to use, but no time to garden it yourself? Would you like to grow your own food, but don’t have space to garden?
There are so many benefits to growing food in backyard gardens: accessing fresh, organic vegetables for a lower cost; obtaining culturally appropriate foods that may be hard to find at the grocery store; helping the environment by reducing the chemical inputs and pollution caused by conventional farming – all while getting exercise, fresh air, and the satisfaction of watching food grow!
In fact, gardening is one of Canada’s most popular outdoor recreational activities. But here in Toronto not everyone can go right out and start digging – many people would like to garden but live in apartment buildings or do not have access to yard space suitable for growing food. And yet others have access to a yard but do not have the time, interest, or the physical ability to maintain a vegetable garden.
The Stop is launching Yes In My Back Yard (YIMBY) to connect people who have land to offer with people who would like to garden. We are piloting this program in the neighbourhood surrounding the Green Barn, located at St. Clair and Christie. The Stop will provide assistance is setting up the garden matches and working out the sharing arrangements.
YIMBY participants will have access to a tool library, seedlings in the spring, educational workshops, and opportunities to meet and learn from other gardeners in the neighbourhood. Gardeners and garden hosts will get to share in the harvest.
If you live in the Green Barn neighbourhood and have space to offer, we would love to hear from you! If you would like to garden in this neighbourhood, we would also love to hear from you! To learn more, please contact Liz Curran, YIMBY Coordinator, The Stop Community Food Centre. 416-651-7867 ext. 27 or liz [at] thestop [dot] org