The City of Brampton has officially launched the Backyard Garden Program, a new eco-friendly initiative that will help support food security in the city and to help residents get active at home during the COVID-19 situation.

City Councillor Doug Whillans, Wards 2 & 6, is in charge of this program in partnership with the city’s Park Maintenance and Forestry Division. The program also includes community partners.

The Backyard Garden Program will allow city residents to grow produce and herbs from their own homes and donate their homegrown crops to local food banks and community organizations. To make sure these foods are distributed properly, a request form will be made available for food banks and organizations to complete.

“Our Community Gardens program has been very successful, and although we may not be
able to operate community gardens in the same way due to physical distancing measures in place, it is only fitting that we bring the program to residents directly,” said Councillor Whillans. “This program encourages all residents to get into gardening, enjoy the outdoors while isolating, and give back to the community, to our seniors and those in need.”

The new Backyard Garden Program is part of the city’s existing Community Gardens Program. Residents can request free supplies (soil and seeds) by emailing BramptonGreenCity@brampton.ca. There will also be tutorials and tips made available at www.brampton.ca/parks.

If you are a business that can help by donating gardening soil, vegetable plants or seeds, please email BramptonGreenCity@brampton.ca.

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