If you take a walk in Downtown Collingwood you will stumble upon what appears to be a vegetable and flower garden, and that is exactly what it is.
The Growing Connection has popped up again this year where the former Regent Theatre building was on the second block of Hurontario Street. What was an empty lot has been transformed into a garden that promotes healthy eating and will produce many different varieties of produce over the summer months.
You can find The Growing Connection gardens throughout the province, across Canada, Latin America, Africa and into the United States.
The idea was launched in 2001 by founder Robert Patterson, and has focused on activities that allowed sustainable and high-yielding food production without the need for significant capital or on-going operating expenses. TGC’s installations feature innovative horticultural systems designed to be easily adopted by the end-users themselves, to immediately enhance nutrition.
The Growing Connection offers a variety of services to ensure that your growing project runs smoothly and successfully, working with schools, universities, offices, green roofs, community centres, corporate campuses, seniors residences, and across the hospitality industry, even in non-traditional settings like post-industrial non-fertile areas.
In Collingwood you no doubt have seen Robert Patterson working in the downtown garden.
“We’re doing something a bit different this year. I’ve made room for local artists to display their work during market days. This adds to the overall creative experience.”
Patterson invites people to pop by to talk about their growing projects and to have a look at what is available throughout the growing season.
“It’s a pop up garden … it may not be at this location this year so I encourage people to drop by while we’re here.”
The Growing Connection conducts small workshops for adults and school children at the garden to provide tips for proper vegetable growing and harvesting.
For more information about The Growing Connection, visit the web site.
For local information, visit The Growing Connection Facebook Page: