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CAN: Expanding Garden Spaces In Ontario

CAN: Expanding Garden Spaces In Ontario

Homewood Health Centre in Guelph is a Victorian-style vegetable garden that is part of a pilot project on the centre’s sprawling property. Homewood on Delhi Street is renowned across Canada for its success treating people challenged by addiction and mental illness. Its horticultural therapy program is a national leader, says Phil Mount, the principal investigator of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Project SOIL—Shared Opportunities on Institutional Land.  The garden research project is studying the economic viability of using institutional land for food production. Homewood is one of five Ontario pilot sites. Phil says there is great potential for food production on what are essentially surplus lands surrounding institutions such as hospitals and schools. Project SOIL is looking at how institutions can use that land to grow fresh food for their kitchens while generating revenue, reducing ground maintenance budgets, offering therapeutic benefits and horticultural skills training.  (Source: guelphmercury.com)