Kitchen Garden

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Each year the Kitchen Garden celebrates the culture and cuisine of a particular country or geographical area by carefully planting combinations of vegetables and herbs common to the chosen area.  In 2013, the kitchen garden will participate in World Crop Learning Gardens Program in collaboration with The Greenbelt and Vineland Research.

  • About the Greenbelt  – For fresh air, clean water, healthy local food, and a thriving economy with good jobs Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution. At more than 1.8 million acres, it’s the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt, keeping our farmlands, forests, wetlands safe and sustainable.The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation works to help keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, and protect and grow natural features.
  • The World Crops Program & Vineland Research – The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and Vineland Research and Innovation Centre continue to create awareness about World Crops in Ontario, through the World Crop Learning Gardens program. World crops are springing up on many farms and research fields in Ontario’s Greenbelt. Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is a world-class research centre dedicated to horticultural science and innovation.

Visit often and explore the possibilities of what can be grown in your own home garden.

Toronto’s multicultural population offers a global perspective on the history of food. Each year the vegetables of a particular culture, country or continent are featured in the kitchen garden using the expertise and advice of the appropriate local community. This diverse space demonstrates a variety of methods for growing vegetables, fruit, flowers and herbs in a sustainable, organic and aesthetically pleasing manner.

Highlights:

  • Toronto’s multicultural population offers a global perspective on the history of food. Each year the vegetables of a particular culture, country or continent are featured in the kitchen garden using the expertise and advice of the appropriate local community.
  • The TBG’s kitchen garden is a diverse space that demonstrates a variety of methods for growing vegetables, fruit, flowers and herbs in a sustainable, organic and aesthetically pleasing manner. Organic gardening techniques, crop rotation and companion planting are practised here for plant health and maximum food production.
  • Vegetables harvested from the garden are donated to the North York Harvest Food bank.
  • Fruit trees that have been espaliered or cordoned (that is, trained into one main stem through vigorous pruning) demonstrate kitchen garden techniques for small spaces. Also featured are specialized fruit pruning techniques and potager gardening particularly relevant for small gardens.

Yearly Cultural Themes:

2012 – Chinese
2011 – Irish
2010 – Italian
2009 – Ukraine
2008 – India
2007 – Caribbean
2006 – Japanese

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