Loving Spoonful’s Urban Agriculture program is working to get Kingston growing! We know that in order to build a more just food system, we need to massively increase the amount of food we produce locally. This is why we partner with and support local farmers!
There is enormous untapped potential for food production within the City of Kingston. Urban agriculture can build community, empower individuals with skill-sharing, and connect more people to fresh local food - and that’s what we’re all about.
Here's what's running:
Kingston Community Gardens Network
Loving Spoonful convenes the Kingston Community Gardens Network. The Network was established to support the creation of new community gardens on public or private lands, and to help existing community gardens flourish. We can work with your community group to help you through the process of starting and maintaining a Community Garden in your neighbourhood. Check out the Kingston Community Gardens Network website for more details!
This KCGN is supported by the City of Kingston.
Garden For Good YGK
Producing food and saving seed are fundamental human rights, and we want to inspire everyone in the Greater Kingston Area to do so. This is not only to keep food and seed production in control of the people who grow and eat it locally, but also to meet an increased need for food donations for those who are vulnerable in our community. 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.
Community Harvest Kingston
Community Harvest Gardens are urban agriculture sites throughout Kingston with the aim to enhance access to fresh, agro-ecologically grown food for marginalized communities. Our food is distributed through three channels:
Community Harvest Markets: affordable-access mini farmers markets ensure dignified, llow cost access to local food in targeted locations
Loving Spoonful's Fresh Food Market Stands: free, no-questions-asked access
Loving Spoonful's Community Kitchens: CK participants take home a basket of veggies each week, similar to a traditional CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program
The collective gardens we operate are sites of agroecological knowledge and skill-sharing, neighbourhood revitalization, and social engagement. Our volunteers, community members, and paid Community Harvest Farmer work together to plant, cultivate, and harvest a wonderful variety of delicious vegetables.
Kingston & Area Community Training Farm
An exciting new project, the Kingston & Area Community Training Farm will be launching in July 2022. A partnership between Loving Spoonful, the City of Kingston, St Lawrence College and Corrections Canada, the urban Community Training Farm will pilot a 6-month new farmer training program July - December 2022. Training participants will then be matched with paid job placements on local farms in Winter/Spring 2023.
All food produced at the farm will be distributed through Loving Spoonful's Fresh Food Access program, supporting our mission to increase access to fresh, local, good food!
We are currently seeking participants for the training program. Click here for full details:
Want to get involved in, or learn more about, Urban Agriculture?
Contact our Food Systems Manager, Ayla Fenton at firstname.lastname@example.org.