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Programs - Community Development
SEED LIBRARY & COMMUNITY GARDEN
Do you have a green thumb and a desire to grow a garden? Register for a beautiful plot at Maple Tree Community Garden (MTCG)!
MTCG was established in 2009 by The Nourish and Develop Foundation as a way to nurture community and promote local food growing. It’s a place to gather, socialize, learn, exchange information and grow! Members are encouraged to access the tools, resources and support they need to grow food, allowing them to take control of their own food security.
MTCG operates on about an acre of private property, next to McCaskill’s Elementary School in Cannington. There are over 30 plots, a small orchard, a gazebo and several landscaped seating areas. The garden exercises organic growing practices. Gardeners tend to their plots during the term of annual membership, from May to October.
Due to COVID-19, the garden is currently operating in compliance with Durham Health’s safety protocols, as outlined in Community Allotment Gardens During COVID-19, and is currently only open to members.
If you are interested in learning more about Maple Tree Community Garden or becoming a member, contact the Community Development Coordinator.
The Seed Libraries are cabinet drawers containing a variety of seeds – from flowers to herbs to fruits & vegetables – and are available to anyone to withdraw from for free! There are 3 locations within each of the Brock Public Library branches. A library card is not required.
The goal of the Seed Library is to provide free and easy access to viable seeds so that as many people as possible can grow their own food. It is also to encourage people to save seeds, through awareness and education aimed at reviving seed-saving culture. The Seed Library aims to offer organic, native, heirloom and open-pollinated seeds.
Withdraw seeds, and in return, save seeds at the end of the growing season to bring back to the Library to share with other community members. Help continue the cycle of the Seed Library – borrow, grow, return seeds!
The Seed Library is made possible thanks to our collaboration with Brock Public Library, and continued support and donations from local retailers, horticultural societies, and community members – thank you!
SEED LIBRARIES AVAILABLE IN
38 Laidlaw Street South, Cannington
41 Albert St S, Sunderland
401 Simcoe St, Beaverton