Last Friday, June 6th we held our first Bike Month event, the West End Community Garden Ride. We lucked out with great weather and had a lovely bunch of cyclists join us.
Here is a recap of our ride in photo essay format:
Geoff Bercarich, our ride leader, with Community Garden Ride participants just before we set off from Dufferin Grove.
Our group passes through Dovercourt Park, where plans are in the works for a new community garden - good idea!
Perth-Dupont Community Garden has well-established lots and an experimental space (on the right) where new growers can learn and try things out.
While the veggies are just starting, the flowers are in bloom after some lovely June weather! Aside from individual shares, the Perth-Dupont gardens include commonly-maintained areas for a pollinator garden and a berry patch!
Grafton Avenue Park is a lovely, established community garden in Roncesvalles.
We left our bikes in the care of one of our group members while we toured the Grafton gardens on foot. (Spot the Ward 18 spokecard!)
Geoff knew all the back routes that would allow a large group of riders to get around the west end safely. Here we arrive at the HOPE Garden through a path between two buildings in Parkdale.
Dragon Alley is a VERY well hidden community garden created out of a back alley parking lot. You could live half a block from here and never know it existed! The residents clearly enjoy their outdoor space by the garden, which they had to fight to preserve a few years back. They have used recycled bike parts for much of the garden infrastructure!
One of the residents is happy to give us a little talk on the Dragon Alley gardens.
Back at Dufferin Grove, community garden volunteer (and ride participant!) Joel gives us a talk about the gardens there after the masses have left from the popular Friday night communal meal.
Thanks to Geoff for leading the ride, and to our neighbours who talked to us about their beautiful and productive community gardens! For more information on the Community Garden movement in Toronto, check out http://www.tcgn.ca/wiki/wiki.php. Happy Bike Month, everybody!