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Contact Orlando Martín López Gómez if you have any questions about this program.

Orlando Martín López Gómez
Community Food Growing Senior Manager
orlando@foodshare.net
647.785.3561 x203

A FoodShare Toronto and CAMH partnership for over 20 years, 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 neighbours visit 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 mental health is cultivated.

To get to the Sunshine Garden and Greenhouse:

Go South on White Squirrel way off of Queen Street West (just east of Dovercourt. Go past the first intersection, and then you will see a pedestrian path on your left hand side. The pedestrian path will lead you right to the garden.

To get to the Greenhouse, go all the way to the end of White Squirrel Way, turn Left, and you’ll see the greenhouse on your Right hand side, just past a large historic brick storage building.