Food security or being able to buy and get enough food to meet nutritional needs, is a very serious issue for some households and even more so with the COVID-19 pandemic due to increasing job losses. Burlington Food Bank is experiencing increasing demand and relies on community support to ensure sufficient supplies are available to those in need.
On April 25th, the Province lifted emergency orders to permit the use of community gardens, recognizing that they are an essential source of fresh food for some individuals and families, including those who face food insecurity. To reopen, they will be required to meet conditions set by the local medical officer of health.
The City of Burlington is preparing for the opening of all 216 plots in its five community gardens this month, which includes a COVID-19 safety protocol. Seven of these plots are managed by volunteers to provide fresh food to the Burlington Food Bank. Although all plots have been allocated for this growing season, applications are being accepted for the 2021 season.
If you don’t have a City assigned garden plot but are interested in growing fresh food, there are many sources of information to help you, whether you have a backyard garden or are using containers. Here are some links to help you get started.
- Dig-in to gardening weekly webinars
- Growing food in small spaces
- Planting basil from seed
- Growing edible flowers
- Planting cold crops
- How to start outdoor winter seed sowing
- Tips for starting seeds – early spring planning
- Vegetable seed starting dates
- Seasonal planting strategy at a glance
- Seasonal vegetable planting guide
- Companion planting chart– Natural insect repellent tips
- Organic pest and mildew management
Need some supplies? Garden centres and nurseries are now open and many grocery stores also carry garden products.
Take Action Burlington! Get dirty and grow some fruit and veggies!