One Tomato Plant at a Time

A Community Garden and Kitchen, where old and young, parents and children, all have a part in preparing, maintaining and, eventually, cooking and eating the fruits of their labour, provides many different kinds of opportunities.  They are exciting projects.

Fredericton, New Brunswick. 1998. 

As Beth Corey, past director of the Fredericton Regional Family Resource Center describes it: “In the summer of 1998, we created a community garden and did so with the involvement of a number of agencies. The Fredericton Regional Family Resource Center provided the site for the garden. A large part of the backyard on the riverfront was dug up and the city of Fredericton tilled the garden. Agriculture New Brunswick tested the soil, put in fertilizer, donated seeds and seedlings and led training sessions. The Boys and Girls Club had a section for beans and pumpkins and the Family Resource Center had a section of its own and each family in the program had one or two rows of their own. A home economist and nutritionist conducted a salsa and relish class at the Center’s collective kitchen, and parents received canning bottles free from Walmart. In the fall, everyone made autumn decorations with the corn husks and integrated the lessons learned in the garden into family programs. Jack and the Beanstalk became a popular story. Like any garden there was an appearance of weeds and disappearance of workers in August, which led to a reading of Little Red Hen, the story of a hardworking bird who teaches her lazy friends a lesson.”

Verdun, Quebec. 2012.

The One Tomato Plant at a Time project. A community garden project that encourages food security in Verdun and a whole lot more.  Participants experience healthy eating and hands-on respect for the environment. Everyone of every age contributes to the gardening success by getting involved whatever way they can.   Reach them here

Additional Resources

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) features three  classic Canadian gardening short films.  You can find them as a NFB compilation entitled, “The Plot Thickens” 1987.

The Vacant Lot

The charming story of how a group of 176 senior citizens managed to transform a useless vacant lot in Montreal into a garden of delights – vegetables, flowers, and parties. It has completely changed their attitude about inactivity and retirement. (16:15 mins)

My Urban Garden

In a backyard plot the size of a living room, Halifax gardener Carol Bowlby grows enough vegetables to last a family of five for seven months. Her wealth of practical information will delight and inspire. (26:33 mins). You can also view this free online at the NFB website: My Urban Garden

Tara’s Mulch Garden

This sort film explains the techniques and processes whereby a bumper crop of vegetables can be produced without machinery, soil preparation or weeding. (20:35 mins)

 

 

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