Growing hope along with food

Taste Sunshine Garden produce
30

participants in 2014

0

lbs of vegetables & fruit harvested each year

0

hours of horticultural therapy for participants

Work in the garden takes priority over interacting with my symptoms...It’s a kind of medicine, to be outside caring for plants, harvesting, weeding and seeding in the greenhouse.

A FoodShare Toronto and CAMH partnership, the Sunshine Garden is a plot of tranquility and reprieve in the middle of the city. The Sunshine Garden, Canada’s first ever market garden on hospital grounds, operates as a recreational gardening program for clients. Each year, over 30 CAMH in-patients and out-patients enjoy the therapeutic returns of nurturing the garden, while getting to know their neighbours and breathing in fresh air.

During the spring and summer, clients grow great things in the garden. They compost waste, cook, preserve and sell the harvest at the Garden Market. During the winter and fall, clients work in the greenhouse, raise seedlings and learn via workshops.

Sometimes land can be more than a garden, it can be a medicine and a salve. When residents of Parkdale visit the the Sunshine Market Garden, when they buy patty-pan squash and when they speak with the gardeners that nurture the land, mental illness is destigmatized. Perceptions are changed and good health is cultivated.

The Sunshine Garden

Liz Kirk and a group of volunteers talk about the hidden gem at CAMH: The Sunshine Garden. Hear about the therapeutic returns of gardening and how the garden is a piece of everyone who works on it. People don't just learn about where their food comes from, they learn about horticulture in a serene environment. You can sit in the healing environment, taste the produce or even help run markets. You won't want to leave.

Let us help you

Contact Liz Kirk if you have any question about this program.

Liz Kirk
Sunshine and On-site Garden Senior Coordinator
liz@foodshare.net

Program Lead

Liz Kirk // Sunshine and On-site Garden Senior Coordinator

Liz worked for many years in educational publishing and as a college educator in holistic health. Following her passion as a life-long gardener and seeing first-hand the powerful therapeutic benefits of working with the soil, she trained in horticultural therapy with a particular interest in growing organic vegetables and herbs. In her role as Sunshine and On-site Garden Senior Coordinator, one...see full bio