The University of Toronto Scarborough has over 40 community allotment gardens; rented out by staff, faculty, students and community members. The gardens provide a space where the community can come together to engage in urban gardening and learn about local food production while building stronger community connections.
Every summer the Sustainability Office, with its dedicated members maintain and upkeep a vegetable garden on campus. We plant a variety of vegetables and herbs, fostering sustainable gardening techniques to produce delicious produce. In the summer of 2016, the Sustainability Office and Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences (DPES) installed a vegetable and herb garden on the fourth floor terrace of the Instructional Centre (IC).
Students are taught skills of companion planting, non-toxic pest management, healthy eating, benefits of local and organic produce, pollinator plants and how to grow and maintain a successful garden. Harvested produce includes: tomatoes, corn, squash, cucumbers, nasturtium, herbs (sage, rosemary, mint), kale, and peppers. Additionally, The harvest was utilized in the Farmer’s Market for free samples, for the Food Discussions Café, for the Healthy Campus event, and given out to various members of the university for free!
Furthermore this initiative mainly reflects the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #2 (zero hunger), #3 (good health and well-being), #11 (sustainable cities and communities) and #15 (life on land).
Check out the events page for specific event details on when to get involved!
To find out other food assets, resources and opportunities in Ward 44 and surround wards, check out the Toronto Food Policy Council’s Food By Ward initiative.
If you are interested in finding out more details about renting a garden plot, please email gardenclub(at)utsc.utoronto.ca.