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Turning Vacant Spaces into Growing Places

When Deena DelZotto and Rachel Kimel noticed vacant, underutilized space in their neighbourhod, they wanted to grow food! Why not? There was no good reason.

The two social entrepreneurs set out to make gardening mobile by building gardens in milk crates. According to Deena and Rachel, now founders of the Bowery project, a farm of up to 5000 crates can be disassembled and relocated within 24 hours. The Bowery project aims to put vacant land back to work for temporary urban agriculture, while avoiding the risk posed by the likely soil contamination on vacant lots. The Bowery project grows food for local chefs/restaurants and charities while engaging the community through fun, creative and educational programming.

Next time you’re in Toronto, check them out at 307 Lake Shore Blvd East for the Edible Learning Garden or at any of their otherĀ Bowery Project events