This morning I was up and out of bed early. It was a beautiful, sunny morning. Winter aconite and snowdrops, new growth kale, swiss chard and garlic were spotted last week in my garden before being re-covered by the snow.
Spring is on the way, as are two reports of importance for urban agriculture in London, Ontario.
London's Community Gardens Program Review is being presented at the Community and Neighbourhoods Committee Meeting on March 29/11. This report has been anticipated since last year; it is the outcome of the public consultation sessions some of you participated in last April/May concerning management of community gardens on City properties and the future of community gardens in London.
The Food Charter for the City of London will be presented at the same Community and Neighbourhoods Committee Meeting, March 29/11. This document, agenda item 20, timed for 7:45 p.m. is found at: http://council.london.ca/meetings/CNC%20Agendas/2011-03-29%20Agenda/Item%2020.pdf Representatives from approximately 30 City agencies participated in putting the Food Charter together. Once taken through the City Council level of endorsement there will be a call for agency and citizen partners to form the group to get some of its suggested ideas/projects rolling.
Also, the Kingston Community Gardens Network has done a wonderful service by producing a comprehensive guide to setting up a community garden. Community Gardening 101 can be found through the Kingston website, via the How to Start a Garden menu title at: http://www.kingstoncommunitygardens.ca/
Please visit Community Gardens London's events page for other garden related events (www.communitygardenslondon.ca).