Thunder Bay and Area has an ever growing number of community gardens. Community gardens are a great way to learn and share gardening skills, garden if you don’t have a backyard, get outside, and experience a sense of community with your neighbours. For more information, download the Community Gardens pamphlet.
The number of school gardens in Thunder Bay and Area has increased over the past few years, from two in 2008 to sixteen in 2013. School gardens are a great way to teach children and youth how to grow and cook food. It can also be used as a way to teach math, social studies, and science. To find out more about school gardens in the area, call (807) 625-5956.
Superior Seed Producers is a collective of local urban and rural growers who promote the saving and distribution of locally adapted, sustainably, grown, open-pollinated non-GMO seeds in Northwestern Ontario, while educating and supporting those who want to learn more about saving seeds. Visit their website to learn more about this initiative.
Permaculture is an approach to growing food and environmental design that seeks to employ food production, water, energy, waste, and building practices to create regenerative and self-maintaining habitat and agricultural systems modelled from natural ecosystems. Check out the North of Superior Permaculture's website and Thunder Bay Permaculture's Facebook page to learn more about this approach to growing food and sustaining communities.