Located in the Highland Creek Valley area of the campus, the Community Gardens are a living laboratory for students, faculty, staff and neighbours who are gardening enthusiasts, and may be interested in sustainable agriculture. Gardeners enjoy going off-line to relax and converse, nurturing relationships along with vegetables, herbs and wildflowers.
U of T Scarborough’s Community Gardens set a trend as the first of its kind at a university campus in the Greater Toronto Area. In 2008 U of T Scarborough’s Sustainability Office joined the effort, contributing a program of workshops on related topics and healthy living. Every year gardeners sign up for the 59 plots, each measuring 5 by 10 metres (15 by 30 feet), and a key to the communal toolshed. Then they get their hands dirty growing healthy food, building community and learning from one another.