Building a Garden
Over the past 7 years there have been many helping and giving hands who have contributed to building The Garden Party.
It began as a simple "Plant a Row" project by some of the Redeemer Lutheran Church congregation wishing to put some of the church land to better use, and it has grown into The Giving Garden, a viable community Outreach program hosted annually by Redeemer.
During the early years, the Compost Council of Canada, The Stop and Toronto Parks & Recreation were key supporters who provided access to compost, manure, soil, seeds and seedlings. FoodShare and Perth Dupont Community Garden were instrumental in mentoring the garden and have played key roles in identifiying funding organizations, suppliers and general know how on creating a vegetable garden in the city. Our first grant was with Carrot Cache which enabled us to secure a wheel barrel, tools, fertilizers and a delivery of over 5 yards of compost.
In 2007, scrub trees were removed and the soil improved in order to create a better growing environment. The STOP provided valuable advice including an offer to provide seeds, seedlings and top-soil at that time.
As The Giving Garden grew, we adopted the name "The Garden Party", which suits us well. Now each year local media and poster campaigns are organized by The Garden Party, as are events throughout the year such as the spring Cold Frame Event (where newcomers learn to plant seedlings for 'cold frames' to kick-start the season), as well as potluck parties in the early and late summer and a pumpkin party at harvest time, to name a few.
Annual improvements continue, aided by financial contributions from 'green conscious' organizations, such as the 2009 Live Green Toronto capital improvement grant which allowed The Garden Party to acquire a proper tool shed and build raised beds, which in turn lengthened the growing season and increased output and productivity.
In 2012, we secured several grants (see The Garden Party website's Home Page for donors) that allowed us to build a "Living Bean Fence" which will again increase productivity, beautify The Giving Garden and deliver more hardy vegetables to community kitchens in need.
This organic project continues to grow and we hope you will be a part of it. Please check our Events calendar for regular updates and join The Garden Party today!