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Urban gardening in Pickering

Story by EcoSpark-

Like many cities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the City of Pickering has experienced an increase in the number of people participating in community gardens. 

One such example is Valley Plentiful Community Garden in Pickering which has experienced a 30% expansion since its creation in 2008. Starting with only 8 gardeners, there are now 71 people who are gardening in the urban community garden. There are 25 new garden plots that have been added to the community centre, bringing the total to 96 garden plots. The community garden is located behind the Pickering Recreation Complex on Valley Farm Road, which is an easily accessible place for local residents. 

The Community Garden is located at the north end of Diana Princess of Wales Park (behind the Pickering Recreation Complex) at Kingston Road east of Valley Farm Road.

Urban community gardens add to the community by creating social gardening experiences that help to create a sense of community. They also provide fresh fruits and vegetables to residents. It can also provide green spaces to urban areas. The community garden was created as part of an initiative by the City of Pickering, Ontario Hydro, and the Valley Plentiful Community Gardens. 

Many communities have local community gardens. They’re a great way to become involved in your community, and to add green space to your neighbourhood. 

The Valley Plentiful Community Garden was profiled here in this local newspaper