Source: Food Share and “Thisgivesmehope” blog- November 6, 2012
On September 16, 2008 Toronto’s Bendale Business and Technical Institute (Bendale BTI) was in lockdown because of a shooting incident. Today it is the site of one of the most progressive, school-based market gardens in North America.
FoodShare Toronto partnered with Bendale BTI to create Canada’s first school market garden. With Focus on Youth funding, summer students were on hand to tend the crops all during the 2012 growing season.
By fall, the bean crop was so plentiful the business class had to help work out a scheme for selling the excess. According to the FoodShare blog, a lot more grew in the garden, including edamame, beets, carrots, beans and lots more produce.
Some of it was made into gourmet fare by Bendale BTI’s culinary programs and cafeteria. Some was sold to partners such as The Tempered Chef Catering and FoodShare’s Good Food Programs…