UPDATE MARCH 2019:
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Our mission is to promote urban food production and community building in and beyond the Christie-Ossington area. The Christie Pits Community Garden is a forum to connect with neighbours and share our cumulative knowledge on plants and food. Together we are creating a space that operates on principles of inclusion and respect for each other and the environment.
- We are entirely volunteer-run and supported. This is a community initiative, not an allotment garden.
- There are currently (March 2019) no plots available. You can email us at [email protected] to be put on the wait list.
- New volunteers are always welcome to help tend to the community plots, where the food grown there is donated to local non-profits like Sistering.
- In addition to the individual plots and the community plots, there is a large plot for the Korean Senior Citizens Society of Toronto, and there is a medicine garden run by the Ojibiikaan Indigenous Cultural Network.
- We are a 100% organic food production garden, with some flowers and pollinator plants along the borders. Under the City of Toronto By-law, produce grown in the garden cannot be sold.
- You don't have to be an expert gardener to join. There is a wealth of gardening knowledge within the community. If you have experience, you may want to consider volunteering your time to teach others.
- There are garden regulations for everyone's safety and benefit. Gardeners are expected to follow the guidelines, and will be subject to loss of membership from the garden due to non-compliance.
- Gardening tools are available for use by members, and we are always open to donations.
The Christie Pits Community Garden was started in 2008/2009 by a group of dedicated volunteers from the Christie Ossington Neighbourhood who saw a need for growing space, and community interaction in the park.
With the support of local community organizations, former Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone, and hard-working volunteers, they succeeded in gaining approval from The City of Toronto for a community garden in the South-West corner of Christie Pits.
See: Green thumbs up for gardening plots in Christie Pits, InsideToronto March 26, 2009.