We are a non-profit corporation founded in 2012.
MISSION: Through tourism, education, hands on experience and cultural activity, to address the issues of food insecurity, sustainable agriculture, and the issues faced by the small family farm.
WHY IS IT A RARE EXPERIENCE?
The Gardens (opened in summer 2013) showcase over 250 varieties of rare, endangered, heirloom and world food plants - over 10,000 plants in all-and that's just Phase One. Now, Rome wasn't built in a day and our project is and always will be a work in progress.
We are inviting you to experience something uniquely Canadian. We will offer you an experience the first of its kind in Canada. In our very rustic setting, you will learn about ancient plants, plants from countries all over the world, plants with crazy names, and plants from seed arks-some so rare they are in danger of becoming extinct.
You will reconnect with food.
You will learn of the important relationship with food our society has lost and the impact it has had on us.
You will learn of the challenges of food production by our farming communities, and the unique value that developing our spaces in a sustainable way can bring to our recreational experiences.
In addition, we recycle just about anything....There aren't many places you can go where the fencing, benches, and even the front gates are made out of reclaimed bed springs!
WHY ARE WE BUILDING IT?
Having ready access to affordable, healthy, nutritious, safe, and culturally acceptable food at all times to sustain an active lifestyle.
Being surrounded by farmland, it is hard to believe that almost 10% of the Canadian population lives in a food insecure household-including households within this very farmland.
And we are all just one step away! It is often caused by lack of income which can come at a moment's notice:
That's when decisions have to be reached-do you pay your monthly bills? or buy healthy food? Lack of food education is also a risk of food insecurity and it can cross all boundaries. We want to fix that.
Besides presenting food production in an exciting way that will interest visitors to the region, a goal of the Bruce Botanical Food Gardens will be to educate its guests on the issues surrounding food insecurity and teach them about sustainable production of food and the plight of the small family farm. We will provide new opportunities to enjoy learning about food preparation, and engagement with the arts and new cultural activities.
We hope you will join us in our journey and visit this site often to see what's happening (check our our Projects page and our Blog)!
We are rustic.
OPENING JUNE 1, 2016
RIPLEY APPLE ORCHARD DEDICATION
A project 3 years in the making-our own heirloom apple. Trees planted in the commemorative orchard in honour of loved ones will be dedicated on
APRIL 22, 2016 AT 3:00 PM
62 PARK STREET
FRIDAY MAY 13, 2016 AT 3:00 PM
JR AGRICULTURAL STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM
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