It takes only a small amount of space for a garden that can contribute to a family's food supply.

Food gardens could help low-income Islanders save money and eat healthier, says Food Share PEI.

The group has launched a project this summer to teach people who rely on the Food Bank how to grow their own food. It is renting a plot at the Legacy Garden in Charlottetown and will work it with the help of volunteer Food Bank clients. Any food grown will go to the Upper Room Soup Kitchen.

"If we can get people hooked on the idea of turning their front yard into a garden and they can go out and grow their own vegetables and know that it's safe food for them to eat and that's such a cost saving and a health boost," said Kat Murphy of Food Share PEI.

"It's a simple thing to do we just need to refocus on doing those types of things."

Murphy said the group is consulting with the Upper Room to see what they need.

Food Share PEI will be planting the plot during a workshop later this month.