Brampton backyard garden program returns for a third year

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Published February 2, 2022 at 3:49 pm

The City of Brampton is encouraging residents with green thumbs to get behind the city’s third-annual Backyard Garden Program.

The eco-friendly initiative helps support food security in Brampton by providing participants with free soil, seeds and helpful tips to grow their own backyard garden.

The Backyard Garden Program encourages residents to grow produce and herbs and donate their homegrown crops to local food banks and community organizations.

Starting Wednesday, residents can register online to receive free seeds and soil at www.brampton.ca/backyardgarden.

The city says nearly 7,000 lbs or 3175 kilograms of produce was donated to local food banks and community organizations thanks to the Backyard Garden Program this year.

Coun. Doug Whillans is Chair of Backyard Garden Program and said he’s excited to get the program underway for a third year.

“Last year, we provided nearly 7,000 lbs of produce to residents in need through Brampton-based food banks and community organizations,” he said in a statement. “Let’s get gardening and giving, Brampton.”

Residents can use the hashtag #BramptonBackyardGarden to share their gardens on social media, and photos of this year’s backyard gardens, gardening tips, tutorials and resources will also be available on the web page.

The program also supports the Mayor’s COVID-19 Social Support Task Force’s focus on food security, reaffirms the City’s priority of being a sustainable Green City, and promotes residents’ mental and physical wellbeing.

“For the past two years, the program has brought our community together through gardening, supported food security for residents in need, and kept participants active outdoors,” Mayor Patrick Brown said in a release. “I encourage new participants to register for seeds and soil, and give back this year.”

The 2022 program is sponsored by Scotts Canada Limited, and the city thanked its program supporters Mattamy Homes, Paradise Developments, Fieldgate Developments and TACC Holborn Corporation.

Interested residents can join the monthly Backyard Garden Club e-newsletter for gardening information, advice and support from experts and community partners.

Visit www.brampton.ca/backyardgarden to register for the Club or email questions to [email protected].

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