The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has been supporting The Stop and Vineland Research and Innovation Centre now for three years on the World Crops initiative. The Learning Gardens are the latest addition to the project with more than 20 gardens popping up across the GTA throughout the summer including one at the Toronto Botanical Gardens, which we visited in June.
Paul Zammit, Director of Horticulture at the TBG, joined us to place informational signs with tips and facts about the vegetables throughout the learning gardens. Seven different vegetables were planted including the bottle gourd, Chinese eggplant, chu chu eggplant, and okra. The learning gardens provide an up-close experience of how these diverse crops can be grown in our own backyards with the expectations that one day soon, locally grown varieties of these vegetables will be found in local supermarkets. Global TV’s Susan Hay captured the importance of the program on her Making a Difference segment on the evening news.