The concept of an Open Garden is one which allows, all members of a community, access to the garden, where fresh produce can be harvested, at no cost. The Open Garden, operated by KLFS, is located at the Alternative Education and Training Center, at 230 Angeline Street South, Lindsay, and will be accessible all days of the week, at any time of day.
Throughout the growing season, signs will be posted in the garden to advise which vegetables are currently available for harvest, and which need more time to grow. Vegetables in this years’ garden will include: salad greens, carrots, broccoli, tomatoes, corn, beans, and many more.
Any produce left un-harvested by the community will be re-purposed into soups, sauces, and preserves. This food will then be distributed to KLFS food bank member agencies, within the City of Kawartha Lakes. This will ensure no food is wasted.
KLFS would like to thank the Green Industries class, at the Alternative Education and Training Center, who were busy in early May preparing the garden for cultivation. During the summer months, the garden will be maintained by KLFS volunteers, a KLFS gardening expert, students of the Alternative Education and Training Center, the Health Unit, and a KLFS summer student.
Currently, there are over 80 Community Gardens within the City of Kawartha Lakes; however these require a membership fee. “As an alternative, Kawartha Lakes Food Source envisioned a garden, which can be accessible to the entire community free of charge, to ensure healthy and nutritious food is available to all. Due to the inability for food banks to remain open 24/7, the KLFS often receives phone calls from individuals in crisis, in an immediate need of food. KLFS’s Open Garden aims to fill this gap, by providing access to fresh produce at all times,” states Heather Kirby General Manager.
The concept of an Open Garden became a reality for the Kawartha Lakes Food Source, when the organization received funding from the Feeding Fresh! Sysco Community Garden Program; a partnership grant of Sysco and the Ontario Association of Food Banks. This grant provides, food banks across the province, funding for; the development of a new garden, or the expansion and improvement of existing gardens. The grant also supports 'capacity building of the garden', such as the purchasing of seeds, soil, compost, tools, etc.
Stay tuned for updates of when the garden opens.
Kawartha Lakes Food Source is a not-for-profit centralized distribution centre, which supplies food to 10 member agency food banks and 20 local elementary and secondary school breakfast programs. KLFS procures food from reclamation, food drives, donations, and purchasing from NEWS RELEASE various sources. Its mandate includes: fundraising; organizing food drives; and promoting awareness of hunger and its impact in the City of Kawartha Lakes.
For further information, please contact: Heather Kirby, General Manager, Kawartha Lakes Food Source, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, phone at 705-324-0707, or through www.facebook.com/kawarthalakesfoodsource.