Originally posted by garygnu
Maybe the Organic growers should go onto Public property and tear up local government flower gardens in retaliation. The people already own the public
lands so tearing it up is within their rights.
But it's not their right, not in the least! Public lands are designed and designated for the recreational enjoyment of the public... Not for growing
food, or any other personalized activity (including tearing up the grass and flowers). What makes it all the more damming for the growers is that
there are already (approximately) 4500 plots of land set aside within the city that allow for community gardens.
How many community gardens are there in Toronto?
Toronto now boasts over 100 community gardens, plus 12 municipal allotment gardens. The total number of individual plots probably totals well over
4500. There are new gardens starting up all of the time and we don’t know all of them.
So why did they feel the need to try and flaunt the law this way? It's clear Toronto as a whole is quite excepting of community gardens. They could
have merely asked for permission and possibly would have been granted it, if not in that exact location then another one close by. On the City of
Toronto's own website they state quite clearly that there is a (fairly simple) selection process that needs to be completed before any site can be
used as a community garden. It even goes so far as to say that once a garden is approved it may even receive help from the city of Toronto should
resources (time and materials) be available. In other words, if the group had gotten permission they would have had the full support and backing of
the city throughout their entire growing season. The full guidelines are provided in the "City of Toronto" links below.
So again why thumb your nose at the law when it seems like the law is trying to work with people to set these things up? The more I look into this,
the more it looks like the organizers who set up this garden were trying to either "send a message" to the City of Toronto (what that message is, I am
not sure) or trying to stir up a reaction from the city (on that one they succeeded, though maybe not the one they were looking for, or maybe it
was...I'm really not sure anymore).
So while I can't condone the way Toronto went about getting rid of the garden and the food it produced (since that food would have helped out food
banks, community kitchens, and school programs) I also can't fault them for getting rid of it since the garden was in clear violation of the city
ordinance pertaining to Community Gardens.
Food Share Toronto
Toronto Community Garden Network
City of Toronto - Community Gardens FAQ
City of Toronto - Community Garden Proposal Guidelines
City of Toronto - Community Gardens - Implementation
edit on 2-10-2012 by looneylupinsrevenge because: (no reason given)