A week ago in Vancouver I visited the Purple Thistle Community Food Forest. This is a project of the Purple Thistle Community Centre, a collective that focuses a lot of its efforts on guerrilla gardening. The group describes the project as follows:
Replace ugly city construction scaffolding with elegant, translucent archways crowning pedestrian zones. You'll think you're in Paris. Toronto's doing it. (Source)
On May 1, 2012, the first seeds were planted at Queen's Park (directly below Ontario's provincial legislature building) by a movement partly drawn from the wider Occupy movement called Occupy Gardens. The community took over a plot of land designated as a space for communal gardening and stewardship.
I recently visited this Occupy Garden a.k.a. The People's Peas Garden at Queen's Park in Toronto.
Cathy shows us her composting crawlers (red worms) and various compost products. These worms take leftover organic waste and even some recyclables (cardboard, paper) and convert them into nutrient rich soil that in turn can be used for gardening. This is a key piece to converting to a sustainable future.
Here we get a tour of Sky Garden at the University of Toronto (St. George St.). Matt and Heather show us around their garden; it's agricultural system, fertilizer system, and various crops, including tomato, melon, pepper, raspberry, pumpkin, squash, etc. The organization acts as a student/volunteer run urban agricultural project in their community. For more information check out www.foodandwaterinstitute.org