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Monday January 23rd, 2012

Posted at 2:15pm

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This evening Windsor City Council will receive a report recommending that they approve a local food security initiative in the form of a community garden expansion strategy. Council will be asked to approve $100,000 in one-time funding that will be drawn from the Provincial Unconditional Grant.

Community gardens are aimed at providing fresh food to those in our community who could otherwise not afford to, purchase it or have access to it. The City currently has five community gardens in place including those in Ford City and at the University of Windsor, all of which have been very successful.

Studies have shown that the need for theses gardens is in the central/downtown area. A proposal has already been submitted by the Downtown Windsor Community Collaborative for use of Bruce Park for a community garden, and is awaiting a report to come from the Parks Department. If this funding request is approved, this would be one of the initiatives supported. Other park space may also be considered for other gardens.

If approved by City Council this evening, a call for applications of interested groups who want to take on a community garden would be issued in February with applications being submitted in March. A report on the program success would then go back before council in the fall following the gardening season.

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