MAZON'S 2021 GARDEN GRANT PARTNERS
Community gardens fight hunger by teaching people to grow their own food, supplying low-cost fresh vegetables to food banks and community kitchens, and strengthening communities.
MAZON is supporting 9 exceptional gardens across the country in 2021. Learn more about each of these gardens below:
They grow: potatoes, peppers, parsley, tomatoes, eggplant, strawberries, snap peas, beets, blackberries, carrots, onions, kale and more!
The food helps: 3700 people, through a "storefront"-style market, including prepared snacks and meals, and in educational workshops that teach clients how to cook with the fresh foods they pick up in the market.
Their other programs: include a clothing market, community meals, street outreach, counselling, tax clinics, dental services and much more.
With MAZON’s support: Hope House plans to double their crop yield in 2021 now that they have more land and the resources to nourish it, including wheelbarrows, twine, tools, and irrigation supplies.
LANARK COUNTY FOOD BANK
CARLETON PLACE, ONTARIO
They grow: 4500 lbs of fresh produce, including tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, beets, squash and peppers in many gardens across the whole region - including land by schools, libraries, and even private homes.
The food helps: over 3400 clients through their food box and hamper programs. Each box provides 5 days worth of food once a month to those who need it most.
With MAZON's support: They hope to double their output this summer - or even more! They have much more land than last year, and now they have the resources to seed it, care for it, and protect it from pests.
VILLAGE OF HOPE
They grow: more than 1500 lbs of fresh, local, seasonally available vegetables – roots, greens, and fruits
The food helps: 500 client neighbours in need through distribution through their food bank. Additionally, in 2021, they'll be expanding their program to support families through growing garden plots where they live.
With MAZON's support: they'll purchase more seed, plants, soil amendments, and tools for more mobile teams to visit client homes to help them with their personal gardens!
They grow: 13,000 lbs of fresh produce a year, including beets, carrots, spinach, kale, radishes, tomatoes, squash and berries.
The food helps: over 300 families through hampers. The fresh fruits and vegetables are also used kids programs, teaching children and youth about gardening, harvesting and cooking a healthy meal to take home to their family.
With MAZON's support: They're expanding their garden! In late 2020, Brian & Kathy Feldman honoured their late son, Charles Feldman, with funding for a memorial garden through MAZON. MWFR has had the space available for years but no funding to develop the land until now. This garden, with integrated irrigation, dedicated teaching spaces and a special focus on native plants important to the large local Indigenous population, will feed the North Battleford community for years to come, beginning this summer.
TERRACE, BRITISH COLUMBIA
They grow: a greenhouse and garden filled with tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers, potatoes, onions, spinach , cauliflower and more; a 30-fruit tree orchard; a berry patch growing 8 kinds of berries and nuts; and a vineyard with 35 varieties of grapes!
The food helps: through Ksan's workshops and meals at their shelter, and is harvested by volunteers, mainly Ksan clients who bring the bounty home to their (mostly low-income) families.
Their other programs include: housing for families fleeing abuse, free take-out lunches 3 times a week, free kids summer camps, emergency shelters, transitional apartments, a 45 unit affordable apartment complex, and more.
With MAZON's support: they're adding raised garden beds this year and hiring a Master Gardener to coordinate staff and volunteers, and hope to grow an additional 3000+ lbs of food!
THE LOCAL COMMUNITY FOOD CENTRE
They grow: 2500 lbs of a variety of root, leaf, and summer vegetables, including a garden, a greenhouse, and an edible forest!
The food helps: by going home with community gardeners to feed their families, and also through community meals.
Their other programs: include workshops on cooking on a tight budget, low cost food markets, and community meals. They empower their community to self-advocate for food security and begin to question the systems that maintain inequality.
With MAZON's support: they will be able to expand their community garden by an additional 600 square feet, along with materials and equipment to develop the land!
THE PACT PROGRAM
They grow: kale, rainbow chard, arugula, spinach, tomatoes, peppers, pole beans, pumpkins, squash, garlic, apples, stone fruits, berries and perennial and annual herbs. They run 3 schoolyard gardens on Toronto District School Board property in disadvantaged neighbourhoods throughout the city.
The food helps: by creating a learning space for 4000 students a year, teaching high-quality outdoor education to students from junior kindergarten all the way through high school - and by distributing 5000 lbs of food a year food-insecure families and seniors through their weekly Fresh Food Boxes.
With MAZON'S support: they'll add garden beds and equipment to grow their two of most-requested items - leafy greens and berries - serving at least 30 additional clients per week with their expanded harvest!
THE LAKELAND RESOURCE CENTRE
ST. CROIX, NEW BRUNSWICK
They grow: peppers, tomatoes, beans, onions, squash, beets cucumbers, radish and greens.
The food helps: 80 to 120 people, through many programs: food bank, a weekend food program for school-age children, and a community kitchen that turns the beautiful produce into healthy prepared meals, as well as canned and bottled products.
With MAZON's support: they'll be able to expand their garden by 1800 square feet, and with the extra space and equipment, they'll grow lettuce, cabbage, corn, peas, more varieties of tomatoes, Swiss char, and potatoes.
They grow: herbs and vegetables in tower gardens set up in the classrooms, integrated into the curriculum
The food helps: the many Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation children and youth experiencing food insecurity through their school's hot breakfast and lunch programs.
With MAZON's support: the school will double their number of tower gardens to 4, which will double their food production and enabled them to develop a comprehensive curriculum around gardening and food.