It all started with one seed. One idea: to create a community garden in Cornell, a shared space for things to grow, for people to come together, and for our neighbourhood to support a healthy future. This seed was planted by a local mom, Celeste Gagnon Smale, and quickly supported by a group of enthusiastic volunteers. We researched best practices, drafted a proposal to request the use of public land, and then... waited. Waited to see if our seed would grow.
The City of Markham has been doing its own work during this time, planning a policy to help guide and support community gardens in the city. This policy is tentatively slated for presentation at City Council on May 6, 2013, and we hope its approval will allow us to move to the next phase of our project. Citizens are welcome to attend this meeting or email the City ahead of time to offer support for the policy. We will post more details of the meeting when it has been confirmed.
In the coming weeks and months, we will be using this blog to communicate our ideas and progess, and more importantly, to seek the input and involvement of all Cornell residents.