The H.O.P.E garden is a 4,000-square-foot site, which contains almost 100 gardeners in 50 plots, including communal spaces and plots for individuals, families and organizations such as SKETCH, Parkdale Neighbourhood Church, Habitat Services, Sistering, and more.
It is located in the Toronto neighbourhood of Parkdale which is one of the most diverse areas of the city. This project is vital for the community of Parkdale; 80% of participants selfidentify as new immigrants and/or as a member of a racialized community. In addition to this, many new residents come from agricultural communities in their home countries, where gardening was a part of their everyday lives. Since moving to a very different urban environment in Canada, members have commented that the H.O.P.E garden has served as an invaluable agricultural outlet, which has enabled them to feel more integrated in their new surroundings as well as helping them to feel more connected to their cultural identity.
It is of paramount importance to empower people with low incomes how to grow their own food and cook from scratch. This enables our members to subsidize incomes, eat a healthy diet and share with their family and friends. The garden addresses problems faced by Parkdale residents relating to food security and hunger. But we are unique in that the gardens also facilitate community and capacity building and therapeutic healing. The garden also promotes active lifestyles and a fulfilling recreational activity. This is achieved through workshops, which are carried out in partnership with numerous organizations in Parkdale
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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