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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