The North Bay Community Garden Coalition says the key to sustainable food programs in the city is as simple as planting some seeds. They launched their annual Grow a Row program yesterday, which encourages area residents to consider planting an extra row in their vegetable garden to donate to local food programs.
Public Health Dietitian Erin Reyce says it’s a common misconception that it’s hard to grow vegetables in northern Ontario. She says there’s actually a large variety that northerners can grow right in their backyards if they make sure they start early, including onions, carrots, and kale.
Last year the campaign was extremely successful. Over 1,000-pounds of food was donated to local food programs. This year, the Gathering Place’s Jill Clarke says “the sky’s the limit”. Two new drop off sites have also been added in Mattawa.
If you’d like to sign up you can visit the North Bay Community Garden Coalition’s Website: https://northbaycommunitygardens.wordpress.com/north-bay-community-garden-coalition/