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Grow To Give Local Food Network

Great news, the Grow to Give Program is expanding! 

Since 2012 BurlingtonGreen has been proudly supporting the local community by growing and donating nearly 8000 lbs of fresh produce to support local families in need. Thanks to the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and the Burlington Foundation, this year we are responding to COVID-19 by pivoting and expanding on our impactful program as we connect with more gardeners throughout Burlington, ensuring the fresh, healthy produce is safely delivered to local food bank agencies.

Grow to Give 2020

With everyone spending more time at home this spring and summer, gardening and growing food has quickly become a popular practice. With more people gardening, an abundance of food is expected, so we want to make it easy and convenient for gardeners to donate a portion of their fresh produce to local food banks.

Four produce donation collection sites located at the City of Burlington's Community Gardens have been established with a weekly schedule providing collection times. The collection locations are at the following gardens: Central Park, Amherst Park, Ireland Park and Francis Road Bikepath, where ALL are welcome to donate fresh produce from their personal or community garden. Please review the schedule further below for park locations, collection times and follow safe physical distancing.

All collected fresh produce will be donated to local food security agencies such as The Burlington Food Bank, The Compassion Society, The Salvation Army and Wellington Square United Church.

Our program also includes online educational programming about local food security opportunities and solutions, that we are pleased to share with food bank clients and the general community.

 

How To Donate
Fresh PRODUCE Donation Collection Schedule & Guidelines

General Public Donation Instructions:

  • Produce must be washed, clean, dry and unspoiled.
  • If possible, please use re-useable bags, containers or cardboard to transport your fresh produce donations.
  • Collection sites will be located outside of community gardens as per the schedule below; look for the BurlingtonGreen Go Local Food Network sign and our on-site BG representative.
  • Note that Community Gardens are not open to the general public, please do not attempt to enter the Community Gardens.
  • Each time you donate you will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a $50 MEC gift card! 

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  • Please wear a mask when dropping your produce donations off at the collection sites and maintain 2m physical distancing when you are there. Anyone who is feeling unwell should not visit the donation collection site.
  • Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, or has come into contact with someone who has shown symptoms should not visit the collection site and should stay home for 14 days following symptoms clearing.
  • Hand sanitizer is available on-site for use.
Donation Collection Schedule:
  • From the week of July 5 to the week of October 25 2020, fresh produce donation collection sites will run as per the schedule below at the designated parks outside the fenced Community Garden locations.
  • Please do not attempt to access the Community Gardens, as they are not open to the general public.
  • A BurlingtonGreen team member will be on-site with signage and coolers to collect the donated produce.
  • The schedule may be subject to change.

    Fresh food donations will be delivered to local food agencies to support those most in need - thank you for your generosity!

Food Collection Site Day Time

Central Park outside Community Garden
Located behind the Central Library
2299 New St.

Tuesday 8:30am - 9:30am

Francis Road Bike Path outside Community Garden
Adjacent to Francis Rd near Marley Rd
Parking available on the road

Tuesday 10am - 11am

Ireland Park outside Community Garden
2315 Headon Forest Rd.

Thursday 8:30am - 9:30am

Amherst Park outside Community Garden
2030 Amherst Heights Crt.
Parking available on the road

Thursday 10am -11am

*The schedule may be subject to change.

 

If you rent a garden plot at a City of Burlington Community Garden, please follow these instructions:

  • A clearly marked cooler is located inside the Community Gardens for community gardeners to donate a portion of their harvest.
  • Produce must be washed, clean, dry and unspoiled.
  • Place items in the cooler and ensure the lid is tightly closed, washing (or hand sanitizing) your hands after you handle the cooler, pen or contents.
  • Please be aware of the food collection schedule and do not place items in the cooler too for in advance of the pick-up schedule, as this may result in food waste.
  • Fill out the logbook located inside the cooler each time you donate, and you will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a $50 MEC gift card!


Check out this post on the Take Action Burlington blog titled “Grow your own fruit and veggies!”. The post is about food security and includes information about COVID food support, Burlington’s community gardens, and links for those who want to start their own garden in the ground or in containers. Happy gardening!

more about Grow to Give  2020

connecting gardeners to Local food banks
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The number of families accessing food banks in Burlington is on the rise and the implications of COVID-19 have shed a light on the growing issue of local food security.

With the help of generous local gardeners like you, we are working to provide local food banks with additional fresh, nutritious produce, that would have otherwise not been donated or potentially gone to waste. This will help fulfill an identified service gap as only 1 of the 5 City of Burlington community gardens includes an organized food donation program, ....until now!

We want to make it easy and convenient for people to share the food they have grown in their gardens to support those in need, by setting up food donation collection sites near the 4 remaining community gardens. This is not just for community gardeners, everyone is welcome to donate! 

Burlington is a city that cares! Let's strengthen volunteerism and our culture of giving by sharing our food with those most in need.

Check out the schedule above to find the fresh food collection site closest to you!

 
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We aim to build awareness and accessibility, for the broader community as well as those facing food security issues, about the opportunities available in the community for increasing food security.

Are you curious to know how community gardens work? Have you wondered what you could grow at home with limited space? Do you want to learn more about getting involved with food locally? We're covering all of that through our online educational programming! 


Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and sign up for our Grow to Give newsletter to access all of our exciting gardening and food-focused content!

 

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There is a lot of good happening in the community and we want to shed a light on local food agencies that are actively working to keep our city fed.

Learn how you can give throughout the year, and how you can access food during difficult times.

Community Gardens are a great way to get involved in gardening, especially if you do not have the space at home to do so. Learn more about how Burlington community gardens work and how you can apply for a garden plot in the coming year. Visit the City of Burlington website to learn more. 

Starting in July, you can look forward to checking out our Recipe of the Week for simple and healthy recipes featuring our local and in-season produce. 


  

"If you’ve never experienced the joy of accomplishing more than you can imagine, plant a garden"

-Robert Brault


Thank you to our local gardeners for your generous donations!


Please contact us for more information on how to support our Grow to Give program.


 Community Support Makes a Difference...

The Grow to Give program is supported by the Government of Canada's Emergency Support Fund and the Burlington Foundation.


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Sponsorship opportunities for the impactful Grow to Give Local Food Network are currently available!

Please contact Sue to learn more about this and other programming opportunities where your company can join us in making a positive difference for the community.