Residents to Rally for Food Rights at City Hall

See the press release below, read it for your­self and come out to sup­port com­mu­nity food gar­dens in this city. Today at noon!:

Residents to rally for food rights at City Hall, plant veg­etable garden 

TORONTO, ON – Toronto res­i­dents and good food activists will be hold­ing a rally Monday to protest the destruc­tion of a com­mu­nity food gar­den in Queen’s Park on Friday amid a grow­ing food cri­sis. The protest will call for munic­i­pal lead­er­ship on hunger, and space for food in pub­lic places, while a gar­den is planted sym­bol­i­cally in front of City Hall.

We are gath­er­ing at City Hall to call for polit­i­cal lead­er­ship from the City of Toronto, to make good food a pri­or­ity and pro­vide space in parks and pub­lic places to grow,” said Jacob Kearey-Moreland of the People’s Peas Garden. “A manger’s deci­sion to remove our gar­den and throw fresh food in the trash sends the oppo­site mes­sage from the City.”

Space for grow­ing food is lim­ited in Toronto parks, with long wait­ing lists and inef­fi­cient processes to start new com­mu­nity gar­dens. The People’s Peas Garden was planted with the sup­port of hun­dreds of com­mu­nity mem­bers who par­tic­i­pated in the plant­ing, har­vest, and cel­e­bra­tion before it was removed. Images of park work­ers remov­ing the gar­den have been shared thou­sands of times in social media, while the City has been receiv­ing dozens of calls.

Toronto res­i­dents and orga­ni­za­tions are lead­ing the change in neigh­bour­hoods across the City to cre­ate good food pro­grams that are help­ing to ease hunger and cre­ate jobs,” said Darcy Higgins, Executive Director of Food Forward. “While many City coun­cil­lors and staff are sup­port­ive, the City con­tin­ues to use out-dated reg­u­la­tions to ham­per good efforts. A cul­ture shift on food is needed from divi­sions like Parks.”

When: Monday, October 1, 2012– 12:00PM-1:00PM

Where: Nathan Phillips Square

What: Right to Food Rally: No gar­den is illegal!

Lunchtime rally with speak­ers, shar­ing of food, and gar­den plant­ing on the Square.

Contact:

Jacob Kearey-Moreland

People’s Peas Garden/Occupy Gardens

647 379 2324

 

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