Garden For Good Campaign
During World War I and II, governments encouraged people to grow vegetable, fruit and herb gardens on their private properties as way to ease an overburdened public food system. Also boosting morale, they were promoted as “Victory Gardens” because they empowered people to be able to contribute to the wartime efforts through their labour and their produce.
In a few short weeks, Covid-19 has changed the way many think about food and food availability in our community, and has laid bare the vulnerabilities and inequities of the industrial food system. For years, we have operated our familiar Grow a Row project. Local producers, backyard gardeners and workplace gardens planted a row for themselves, and an extra row for Loving Spoonful. This much needed healthy, fresh food source is then distributed across the community with the help of many dedicated volunteers to over 40 meal programs, pantries and shelters as well as Fresh Food Market Stands. To increase the resilience of our food system, and to reduce food insecurity in our community, we need to grow a LOT MORE food and seeds locally!
We need YOU to grow a Garden For Good!
Producing food and saving seed are fundamental human rights. We can grow food and seeds almost anywhere - window sills, containers, balconies, backyards, front yards and community gardens. If you’re new to gardening, never fear! The Garden For Good campaign will bring together people with a range of knowledge, skills and resources so that we all feel supported. There will be weekly live Q&A zoom chats with Master Gardeners, a weekly small group vegetable garden coaching call, a forum for exchanging seeds and plants with your neighbours, and a hub for sharing the harvest! If you have children, this is a great way to get outdoors and learn new skills as a family.
HOW to Garden for Good?
There are two ways to get involved with the Garden For Good campaign:
1. Make a pledge to #Garden4Good
Start a garden wherever you can! If you end up with a surplus harvest, Loving Spoonful will help distribute it to those who need it.
Share photos and videos of your progress in this group and on your own page to inspire others. Tell us why you’re gardening for good using the hashtag #Garden4Good.
Get creative and make a sign to show your neighbours what you’re doing.
Invite your friends to this group!!
2. Become a #Garden4Good Ambassador
#Garden4Good Ambassadors inspire, support and coordinate their neighbours!
They help us to recruit gardeners, distribute resources like free seeds, help aggregate surplus harvests for redistribution, and maybe even get involved with advocacy efforts to expand opportunities for urban agriculture.
If this sounds interesting to you, check out the #Garden4Good Ambassador job description
GOALS of Garden For Good Campaign
Inspire everyone to grow food and save seeds for sharing.
Ensure that the control of food and seed production is in the hands of the people who are growing and eating it locally.
Encourage food production for donation to vulnerable sectors to meet increased need.
Advocate for the transformation to a local, resilient, sustainable food and seed system that includes urban food production.
WHY Garden for Good?
Gardening for Good can save you money.
Growing your own food could save on a household's grocery bill. You don’t need even need a backyard to grow your own food. Potted gardens on balconies will do plenty!
Gardening for Good empowers you to have fresher and more nutritious food.
When you have the know-how to grow your own food, you take back more control over your own food system. Also, homegrown food tastes better. Food from your own garden will be the freshest you can get!
Gardening for Good can help your community.
Donating your extra produce to Loving Spoonful’s Grow A Row program is an effective, effective and safe way to help others in your community who are in need, particularly during this pandemic where need is increased.
Gardening IS Good for your body, mind and heart (and your kids!)
The benefits of gardening on mental health are well-documented - the fresh air, sunshine and connection with the earth that gardening offers are important factors in maintaining health!
And if you’ve got kids at home, this is a perfect way to beat the boredom, get in a few lessons about good food, nutrition, math, reading, phys-ed, community and environmental stewardship. Start creating memories and tradition this season!