Charlottetown trades grass for gardens
People in Charlottetown are turning more of the city's green spaces into food-producing gardens.
Karen Murchison, coordinator of Inspired Farmers, a new group of people organizing urban farming activities in Charlottetown, said growing your own food in the city is more than just a fad.
"I do think there is a real momentum around growing our own food," said Murchison.
"Healthy local food is not as inaccessible as they think it is. And it's really just again about recognizing what a local food economy can look like."
The group will be starting a new garden in front of Murphy's Community Centre.
"More productive urban landscapes has been a growing trend in cities around the world," said Laura MacPherson, sustainability coordinator for the City of Charlottetown.
"The past few years community gardens have grown in popularity and even our parks and recreation department has introduced a lot of edible landscapes."
Some plots in the popular Adopt a Corner project in Charlottetown have vegetables in them, said MacPherson.
The Culinary Institute of Canada started a garden for use by the school four years ago. It's been getting bigger every year, and is now part of the curriculum.
"It's grown to the point where now we are harvesting product through the use of this greenhouse over the winter," said instructor Jack Wheeler.
"[We're] selling it back to the school in order to supplement the money that we need to continue growing here."
Food harvested from the garden goes straight to the kitchen where it is prepared by students, and it can be on a plate in the dining room within an hour of being picked.