May 27, 2017
Community Garden Network Germinates with $40,000 from OTF
Cornwall, ON – On Saturday, May 27th, the Social Development Council of Cornwall & Area officially launched the Cornwall and Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Community Garden Network at the 5th Annual Incredible Edible Plant Festival in Cornwall. Led by the All Things Food Network, a working group of the SDC, the new garden network is working to establish, support, and increase community and home gardening across the region.
“We are thrilled that the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the province of Ontario are supporting the creation of regional community garden network” said Jim McDonell, MPP for Stormont, Dundas, and South Glengarry. “We believe that these types of community initiatives help to bring people together and offer lasting positive impacts for our communities.”
In addition to supporting new and existing gardens in the region, the OTF grant will allow for more educational events and workshops for residents wanting to learn how to garden.
“Over the past few years, we have seen more people taking an interest in community and home gardening,” explains Kat Rendek, Community Garden Network Coordinator. “The funding from OTF will allow us to offer a variety of events and workshops to help everyone become more adventurous and confident gardeners.”
The Community Garden Network launch occurred at the 5th Annual Incredible Edible Plant Festival, a free community gardening event and vegetable plant giveaway located outside of Cornwall City Hall. The event included a public vegetable garden planting of the Cornwall Fire Station, Justice Building, Police Station, and SVC Health Centre, free gardening activities, outdoor games, cooking workshops, and live music.
Led by the Food Action Group of Transition Cornwall+ (a working group of the Cornwall Social Development Council), the Incredible Edible Plant Festival is supported by the All Things Food Network, the City of Cornwall municipal services, and numerous organizations, and volunteers.
“This our community’s biggest vegetable gardening festival of the season, and we were very excited to launch the Community Garden Network surrounded by all of our community partners and local gardeners,” said Kat Rendek.
An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. www.otf.ca.
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