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Last updated on January 18th, 2023

Community and Pollinator gardens

It all started in July 2021 when the Martin Luther Church summer students planted a variety of vegetables with seeds provided by the Compost Council of Canada (http://www.compost.org/) in the raised beds in front of 5 Superior Avenue, Toronto (Mimico). It has provided a rich harvest to our Bowls and Blessings food ministry team who shared the bounty of the garden with the community throughout the summer in front of our church doors. Every week, the table held something delicious someone made to serve. The crops distributed during Bowls and Blessings food ministry local passers-by could help themselves. The pollinator garden was added in the Summer of 2022 when we partnered with Bees for Peace (https://www.beesforpeace.org/) to learn more about and create native pollinator gardens in our church.

Raised bed vegetable and herb garden

The community garden has been thriving for the past two Summers and grows well into the Fall.

Passersby at the Bowls and Blessings food ministry table were told of the community garden around the corner, circling back around to share what they had picked for themselves. Fresh red tomatoes and crisp green peppers abounded in the rich soil of the garden. Chives and mint were added to butter and spread onto bread from the Paris Bakery. Kale from the garden was turned into pasta salads with generous food donations from our community food pantry.

Pollinator Garden

In addition to our raised bed garden, we have also continued our pollinator garden at 5 Superior Avenue in front of the child care centre! In collaboration with Bees for Peace the summer student and volunteers planted native plants in our pollinator garden. These plants will support ecological diversity and local pollinators in our neighbourhood! The garden now includes a generous donation of Queen Anne’s Lace from Carrie Dohe, the director of Bees for Peace. On August 6, 2022 Carrie Dohe gave us a seminar and picnic, outdoors and interactive, and so we learned a lot!

Volunteers Needed

To all who are interested, the garden is open for planting in the Spring and harvesting into the Fall. Feel free to stop by and get involved with the garden in any way you would like! There is always a need for help with the weeding! If anyone has any extra plants in their home gardens, we accepting donations of new pollinator plants to continue to fill up the space! Otherwise, monetary donations can be sent to treasurer@martinluther.ca and all other inquiries can be sent to office@martinluther.ca.

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