Celebrating Gardens and Building Community
Regent Park gardeners know what they’re thankful for this season. With Thanksgiving around the corner, residents came together on October 1st to share their final harvest of the year at the Regent Park Community Garden Harvest Celebration.
Many of the plots boast “fresh organic tomatoes, beans, peppers, and a variety of spices that grow two to three crops per season,” said resident and gardener Nirmala Balasingan.
Residents’ bountiful harvests have allowed them to donate fresh food and plot space to local seniors and food banks, spreading the good food in their community.
“Food security is a big issue—the way food prices keep going up it’s important for tenants to get involved,” said Dennis Hawkins, an active gardener who helps support Regent Park’s Community Garden.
Food insecurity can mean different things to many people, but it often refers to a lack of access to healthy food.
By participating in urban agriculture, residents can improve food security for themselves and others in the community by increasing access to healthy, nutritious food that may otherwise be unavailable.
Working to ensure food security can also provide residents with connections to each other. By drawing on the strengths and talents of community members, Regent Park’s successful garden is bringing people together and building community leaders.
“Gardening is all about supporting each other,” said Hawkins.