Thanks to everyone who came to our latest meeting at Scadding Court. Sorry it took so long to write an update about the happenings but it was definitely a very summery meeting outside the Trinity Bellwoods Greenhouse and we enjoyed some lovely lemonade and watermelon as we discussed our future plans at Scadding Court.
So far, we're planning on helping out Scadding with a small landscape and functional design intervention. Scadding asked for some help re-designing a small corner of their community garden plot (in their annex garden in Alexandra Park) so that it will be more functional for sorting and cleaning vegetables that they grow which they donate to local foodbanks + kitchens.
After discussing some possible items that Scadding had requested, the participants at the meeting all got a chance to take a carte-blanche approach at designing a solution. Even though the site was limited, it certainly didn't stop our members from using their creativity and knowledge about horticulture to bring together some great ideas. Based on these designs, we've come up with a final proposal that is broken down into two phases.
Phase 1: This phase addresses the most pressing needs of the site including a required work bench to sort and clean vegetables as well as a landscape solution that would ease access to the work bench. We're proposing to cut down some existing wooden material that form the garden plot frame and reusing it to create a removable ramp that could be put in place so a wheel barrel could be rolled into the prep corner. Please see attached drawing for a better idea.
At our last meeting we spoke about a variety of projects - some very different from each other, and not all being mutually exclusive. I would like to discuss what projects people think are most worthwhile, or perhaps suggest new ones we haven't spoken about. I have listed and described those which we have mentioned below.
As requested at our last meeting I am posting as forum topics a number of questions/surveys to spark discussion and so that we can all be on the same page.
What is it that you wish to get out of this group? What type of projects are you interested in, and what type of time commitments can you make to this group (long and short term)?
I'm not sure about everyone else, but I found the trip to ChocoSol yesterday wonderful and inspiring. The work that Michael Sacco is doing exemplifies so many of my ideals.
Also Lauren Baker brought up a lot of interesting information on urban food. When I asked her what she though a group like us should do she said we should start our own urban food project. I think she is right, our own project would be an excellent way to get practice in this field, and perhaps enable us to spread our learned knowlede to communities in Toronto who need it.
4th Floor - Cacao Loft
Event: Conversation with Lauren Baker, Sustain Ontario on food initiatives, groups and policy and Chocosol Traders on their enterprise and design and food producing spaces.
Fee: There will be a small registration fee to be paid at the door to cover the costs to Chocosol, amount (2-5$) to be confirmed.