The three, urban and organic PACT Toronto school gardens are in full swing over the summer, employing four garden managers and greatly benefiting from the help of several full-time Focus On Youth students and many dedicated community volunteers.
Thousands of pounds of fresh, organic produce and herbs are cultivated each season, that is traded for compost scraps, donated to local food banks, distributed to volunteers, used in culinary programs and sold at weekly community garden markets. All and any money raised through garden markets is put back into the gardens to purchase seeds and/or equipment, fund community group visits and run our School Curriculum Workshop program that provides free, in-garden education for local schools.
The PACT Grow-to-Learn Schoolyard Gardens grows only fresh, organic produce and herbs.
Toronto School Gardens
Community Garden Market Dates
Elmbank Junior Middle Academy School Garden
Wednesdays from 2-5pm until October 12, 2016
Thistletown CI School Garden
Fridays from 12-4pm until October 7, 2016
*except the following weeks, when markets will be held on Thursday:
Thursday, July 21
Thursday, August 25
John Polanyi CI School Garden
July 5, 19
August 2, 16, 30
September 13, 27
PACT GTL at Sorauren Farmers Market
Mondays from 3-7pm
*Community Compost Program*
Trade your kitchen scraps for ‘Garden Bucks’ that can be used towards the purchase of fresh, organic garden produce at our Community Garden Markets.
Vegetable scraps & peels
Do Not Bring :
Meat or fish
Bread, rice or pasta
Dairy or nut products
David Wilson Memorial Garden at John Polanyi CI
To read more about the Grow-to-Learn Schoolyard Gardens, click here.