At the height of harvesting in late August, The Common Table was producing about 650 pounds of vegetables per week, all of it to be given away.
The Common Table, an urban farm run by the diocese’s Flemingdon Park Ministry, is located on the grounds of the Church of Our Saviour in Don Mills.
The farm, now in its fourth year, grows spinach, peas, radishes, tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, carrots, beets, onion, zucchinis, hot peppers, beans, okra, kale and more.
Each week, the vegetables are driven to the Angela James Arena, where they are distributed free to residents of Flemingdon Park, a high-density neighbourhood in Don Mills. The food helps to feed about 500 residents, including children. The farm also provides weekly food hampers to about 100 seniors in a Toronto Community Housing Residence.
“It’s a real gift to be able to farm in the city, and to share it with families who wouldn’t normally have access to locally grown organic produce,” says Melodie Ng, farm assistant.
Last year, the farm gave out about 10,000 pounds of produce – 6,000 pounds that is grown at the Our Saviour location and another 4,000 pounds that is donated by a potato farmer.
The farm, which is staffed by Flemingdon Park Ministry employees and volunteers, has 25 rows of vegetables, a pollinator garden, a small greenhouse, a shed and a deck. There are plans to create a labyrinth and provide some workshops for children.
Flemingdon Park Ministry is funded by FaithWorks, the diocese’s annual outreach appeal. The ministry has been serving the residents of Flemingdon Park, a high needs neighbourhood, for more than 40 years. For more information about The Common Table, email [email protected].