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Letter: Popularity of community gardens is growing

There's now about 20 community gardens within city
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There's about 20 community gardens in the City of Greater Sudbury. (File)

There are approximately 20 community gardens within the City of Greater Sudbury. 

The number and size of these gardens has greatly increased over the last few years. Many of these gardens are located on city property and are strongly supported by the neighbourhood residents. 

In community gardens, citizens of all ages can enjoy gardening and grow some of their own food. Excess locally grown food is often donated to community food banks. The gardens provide citizens the chance to socialize and participate in workshops on topics such as composting and tree pruning. They can also draw on the expertise that exists within the community garden network. 

These gardens are continually expanding. Examples of this are the development of the Sudbury Food Forest and the Urban Farm Development. 

The Sudbury Food Policy Council, Sudbury Horticultural Society, Sudbury Master Gardeners and city staff support these initiatives. 
Hopefully, community gardens will be entrenched in the Sudbury Food Charter, as a part of the five-year plan. Simply put, food accessibly, sustainability and local food production will all be enhanced for the benefit of many Sudburians.

With spring here, why not find out more about the community gardens in your neighbourhood? For more information, visit foodshedproject.ca. 

The Sudbury Gardening Festival is a must-attend event for gardeners. Reserve Saturday May 27 and come join us. For more information visit sudburygardeningfestival.ca

Stuart McCall
Sudbury Food Policy Council founding member
Board of Directors Sudbury Horticultural Society
Board of Directors Eat Local Sudbury Co-op
Sudbury Market Working Group
Owner, Operator of McGrows Farms, Garson 



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