Community Gardens are not a Silver Bullet

Communities need more than community gardens. Though important in increasing food security, BBC British Columbia found that community gardens “are not exactly the best way of addressing the “food gap” —  the growing gulf between people who have access to healthy, fresh meals, and those who don’t”. 

Urban planning and food planning have an important role in identifying and distributing critical food assets in communities ex. food hubs, food banks, and farmers’ markets or direct funding to community organizations. 

The Toronto Food Policy Council’s FoodxWard Map plots all the food assets in each Toronto ward including community gardens. The tool has been instrumental in informing policymakers and community leaders where the gaps are and offers the first step in finding solutions. To learn more about FoodxWard click here

To read the full article from BBC British Columbia click here.