Rye’s HomeGrown Community Garden

By Natalia Kristof, TFPC Summer Student.

Things have got a whole lot greener at Ryerson University. Take a walk along Gould Street and you’ll come across a beautiful new community garden – Rye’s HomeGrown!

This is the first year for Rye’s HomeGrown Community Garden. Led by a group of dedicated students interested in urban agriculture, environmental sustainability and food security, this initiative is made possible by a passionate group of students who are committed to bringing fresh foods to members of the Ryerson community.

Of course, they couldn’t have done it without the support from the Carrot City Initiative of the Architectural Science Department, the Centre for Studies in Food Security, and the Office of Campus Facilities and Sustainability. All have been integral in supporting the community garden.

With three sites located on campus, Rye’s HomeGrown is growing a wide range of edible plants and vegetables. The largest site, located near Gould and Church Street, is growing zucchini, beans, swiss chard, purple broccoli, squash, lettuce, beets, tomatoes and red Russian kale. The other two locations are near the gym entrance where strawberries, rhubarb, radishes, Jerusalem artichokes, edible flowers and more squash, beets, lettuce and beans are being planted.

Rye’s HomeGrown is also partnering with Vineland Research and Innovation Centre to meet the needs of our multicultural community by growing South Asian vegetables. These include; okra, callaloo, Chinese red hot peppers, eggplant, and yard long bean.

This is an excellent example of students from various academic backgrounds coming together to collaborate on an exciting project. Architecture students, or the ‘Design Team’ as they’re affectionately called, built a trellis system out of recycled materials.

If you’re interested in helping with watering, harvesting or are looking for more information on Rye’s HomeGrown Community garden, email foodsecurity.ryerson@gmail.com or visit their blog at www.ryeshomegrown.blogspot.com.

 

 

Those passing by were curious and interested in the planting taking place. Many stopped to ask questions and offer their support.

 

If you’re interested in helping with watering, harvesting or are looking for more information on Rye’s HomeGrown Community garden, email foodsecurity.ryerson@gmail.com or visit their blog at www.ryeshomegrown.blogspot.com.