Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 was definitely not a typical day at the office for the Tridel Take Action Team. It was a great day of work though, as volunteers rolled up their sleeves and put on the gardening gloves to pitch in at the Atkinson Co-operative in Alexandra Park to help The Bowery Project with the spring planting.
Tridel and Bowery volunteers worked together with two gentlemen from our neighbouring construction site at SQ2 to move 200 crates into position. Once in place, each crate was topped up with fresh, organic soil, planted and then watered. The new urban garden is expected to produce lettuce, beans, herbs, tomatoes, and cucumbers. It can be dirty work, but it is incredibly rewarding and the entire team had a lot of fun. The Bowery Project also donated two industrial-sized bags of soil to the Atkinson Co-op to use towards their own efforts to beautify the community.
A Community Garden
Over the course of the summer, the Bowery Project will be on site weekly to monitor and maintain the garden with the assistance of the kids attending the community summer camp. The kids will learn about plants, how to grown and care for a garden and will assist with the weekly harvest. Additonally, the food grown in the garden will be used in the Alexandra Park Community Centre kitchen by the summer-lunch and summer camp programs. Locally produced and locally consumed.
About The Bowery Project
The Bowery Project is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to transform “vacant spaces into growing places” by turning vacant lots into urban gardens that not only provide fresh produce to the local community but also inspires, engages and educates. And it was the innovative nature of the Bowery Project that immediately drew the interest and eventual involvement of Tridel and the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, who is also currently in the process of revitalizing this Alexandra Park community.