What Is The Indicator And Why Measure It?
The Region's Public Health department supports the Waterloo Region Community Garden Network as part of its focus on food security in this community. Quantifying the number of gardens and how many people have plots indicates a positive feature of Waterloo Region by providing residents with land to grow fruits, vegetables or flowers. As more gardens are developed over time, this progress indicator may be able to track the progress in the number of people served by this vital community resource.
Waterloo Region Community Garden Network
There are currently 40 community gardens in the region distributed throughout Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge, and the townships. The large majority of these gardens are volunteer run. These gardens provide space and opportunity for over 700 families to garden and grow their own food. Garden plots are used by seniors, children, students, new immigrants, low-income families, middle-class families, as well as mental health and cancer patients. Public Health has directly supported the Community Garden Council for well over a decade and is now a partner in a project called Diggable Communities which has given the community more resources to consolidate and expand gardens.