A new online home for gardeners, those looking for land and others with land to offer, has been launched in SD and G.
The All Things Food Community Food Network is an online portal for those with green thumbs to better connect with like-minded individuals.
The network will help provide increased access to fresh, local and healthy foods and create easier accessibility to these items. The network is also designed to link gardeners with residents who have available space for gardening, fellow gardeners and volunteers, within their community.
“The response has been pretty neat,” said Dana Kittle, co-ordinator of the network.
So far three property owners, including one each in Winchester, South Glengarry and Martintown, have come forward to donate land for garden projects.
“These (gardens) are going to be snapped up, because they are such great opportunities,” said Kittle. “Our hope in creating this network is to enable greater connections between community members and gardening spaces and opportunities in our community. Our vision is to see a vibrant, flourishing local food system in SD and G where everyone has access to local, healthy and sustainable food.”
The network is also raising awareness for community garden projects run by area charities.
The Agape Centre in Cornwall is featured prominently on the site. Agape’s new community garden is being used to grow fresh vegetables for its soup kitchen which is constantly in need of increased support.
Kittle said both “private and public” persons or institutions will be able to use the network.
“A mix of organizations…will make use of this,” she said, specifically highlighting Agape’s desire to bring in more volunteers for its garden.
The network can be found at www.allthingsfoodbouffe360.ca.