Featured Garden for November: The Bain Co-Op Community Garden 2008
The Bain Apartment Co-operative in Toronto provides housing for about 500 members whose Arts and Crafts Apartments Buildings surround inner naturalized courtyards. The residents designed and care for these beautiful, open green spaces. Bain and Dagmar Baur won an award "for best native community garden" from the North American Native Plant Society (NANPS) and many other awards through the years.
Marion Wehner and daughter Lauren harvesting purple potatoes which are especially high in anti-oxidants. Photo credit to Marie Wilson
Daughter Lauren looking at a BIG Papa Negra potato! Photo credit to Marie Wilson
Potatoes: Buckskin, Congo, Cornes de Mouton, Crotte d'ours, Digby Heaveners Peruvian, Farmers Green's Red Eye, Haida, Mrs. Moehrle's Yellow Fleshed, Matsuyama, Norland, Papa Negra, Yellow Fin. Photo credit to Marie Wilson
The Bain Gardens came alive in the early nineties through a community process led by Dagmar Baur. Over the years, she has been working on many projects to help, and beautify her community. This season she has been working on supporting and organizing more vegetable gardens and more people are involved including interested children. Members planted over ten 10 varieties of Heritage Potatoes from Seeds of Diversity and various beans, peas and salad seeds acquired at Seedy Saturday. (A TCGN Seed event usually held in March at Scadding Court). Here we see Marion Wehner and her daughter Lauren in the South Oaks Vegetable Garden harvesting Papas Negra potatoes which are particularly high in anti-oxidants.
Building new gardens in the North Maples with Marguerite Arbour and friends and a brand-new wheelbarrow Photo credit to Lorne Froemer
New gardens meant more tools were required. The Bain Co-op was able to do this in 2007 with $3,000 grant from the Carrot Cache, the philanthropic arm of the "Carrot Common" . The work of building more gardens is easier with proper tools and wheelbarrows.