Big ideas for small spaces shared at gardening fair

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Residents can find info on growing food in containers and on rooftops

From rooftops to balconies to tiny backyards, gardens can bloom anywhere, even in small spaces.

An event organized by Live Green Toronto in partnership with the Carrot Common Green Roof is aiming to help people grow food anywhere.

The Food from Small Spaces Fair: Urban Backyard, Balcony and Rooftop Food-Growing event takes place Saturday, Aug. 13 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Eastminster United Church.

“We’ve had a lot of requests from community groups on how they can develop container growing or how to start a community garden,” said Martina Rowley, one of Live Green Toronto’s community animators. “There’s a huge interest in urban gardening.”

Nearly half of Toronto residents live in apartments or condos so if they want to garden they have limited real estate in which to do it.

“If you live in an apartment building or condo (you’ll learn) what you can do or if you just have a small patch of grass,” Rowley said.

There will be information and displays on growing food in containers, raised beds and on rooftops. The fair may be of interest to homeowners, too, as many backyards can be tight places to grow.

Rowley said the idea of growing one’s own food is on the rise for several reasons.




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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.