Last week I was invited to visit Toronto's first corporate urban garden, at TELUS House in downtown Toronto. It was a beautiful day, and the garden set-up was really quite exciting to this gardening gal. (I may have asked permission to pinch the suckers off some tomato plants - can't help myself!)
This rooftop garden was created to maximize the green space at the building and generate fresh, local, organic produce for team members and local charitable organizations including Toronto-based charity, The Stop Community Food Centre, in addition to giving team members a chance to learn about sustainability through educational workshops and hands-on learning. TELUS staff, volunteering on their Green Team, Communities Growing Together (CGT), a collective initiative focused on addressing urban food security, sustainability and community empowerment through a palette of artful co-created growing projects, and the building owners, Menkes, will work together to tend the garden throughout the season.
|A TELUS Green Team member waters the marigolds|
|Renée Nadeau leading a tour of the garden|
|Marigolds provide an excellent, natural protection against certain pests in an organic garden.|
TELUS is known for its efforts both in environmental sustainability and community involvement. During this garden unveiling event, the TELUS Toronto Community Board presented a cheque to Green Thumbs Growing Kids – a Greater Toronto Area-based non-profit registered charity. This group works with underprivileged urban children, youth and their families to teach them about growing and preparing fresh foods in an environmentally sustainable manner. A perfect match for this Urban Community Garden!