Windsor-Essex Invests in Community Garden Projects
Friday March 2nd, 2012
Posted at 1:15pm
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Recently Windsor City Council approved up to $100,000 in one time funding to support Community Garden Expansion Projects in Windsor-Essex. This initiative has been branded, Seed & Feed, and will provide one-time grant funding to eligible applicants who can demonstrate that their community garden project will provide fresh produce to people who may otherwise go without.
In addition to the obvious economic benefits, community gardens are a valuable social venue where neighbours can get to know one another, and build a sense of community and belonging. Although the concept is not a new one in Windsor and Essex County, its popularity in these challenging economic times is on the rise. Access to healthy, fresh and nutritious food is one of our most basic needs, and one that most people take for granted. In Windsor-Essex County, approximately 17% of the population lives with poverty.
Those who are interested in creating a community garden and are looking to access funding can visit the City of Windsor website for an application. Applications will be accepted starting on Monday March 5th until 12pm on Monday March 19th.
The City has panned a workshop for this coming Monday for those wishing to apply for grant funding. It’s being co-hosted by the City of Windsor and the Food Matters Strategy Coordinator for Windsor-Essex County. It’s designed to provide an overview of Seed & Feed and the application process, as well as provide some basic community gardening information and answer any questions participants may have. The workshop runs from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the WFCU Centre in the Ontario Room.