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Yes in My Back Yard (YIMBY)
Would you like to grow your own food, but don’t have space to garden? Do you have a backyard that you would like to put to use?
The Stop Community Food Centre’s Yes In My Back Yard (YIMBY) program connects people who would like to garden but don’t have the space, to people who have space in their yards they are willing to share.
Backyard gardening is a great way to access fresh, organic veggies for a lower cost, contribute towards a healthier environment by reducing chemical inputs and pollution caused by the industrial food system, and grow things you might not be able to find at the grocery store – all while getting exercise, fresh air, and the satisfaction of watching food grow!
In fact, gardening is one of Canada’s most popular outdoor recreational activities. But here in Toronto not everyone can go right out and start digging – many people would like to garden but live in apartment buildings or do not have access to yard space suitable for growing food. And yet others have access to a yard but do not have the time, interest, or the physical ability to maintain a vegetable garden. Some just like the idea of co-operating with others to create a garden together. Whatever the motivation for participating, YIMBY is working to build community and strengthen relationships between people who might not have otherwise met.
The Stop acts as a connector, helping to set up garden sharing matches. We also offer a tool lending library, free gardening workshops to enhance your skills, some free seedlings, a community seed exchange, and opportunities to meet and learn from other gardeners. YIMBY connects people to garden in the neighbourhoods around The Stop’s two locations, The Green Barn at Christie and St. Clair, and our centre at Davenport and Symington. This area extends roughly from: Bloor up to Rogers/Vaughan Rd and Bathurst over to Dundas W./Old Weston Rd.
If you're interested in the YIMBY program, please contact Mik Turje at 416-651-7867 ext. 27 or mik [at] thestop [dot] org.