Community gardens open to delight of green thumbs

By Kimberley Molina, CBC News Ottawa, May 8, 2020

The soil is ready to be tilled and seeds wait to be planted at community gardens across Ottawa after the province reversed a decision declaring them off limits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 30, the Ontario government declared the gardens "recreational amenities" and ordered them to remain closed, but public pressure forced a reconsideration.

"Because food is an essential need in our communities, whether we're growing on our balconies or our yards or in community gardens or on the farms in our communities, this is an essential service," said Moe Garahan, co-chair of Sustain Ontario's Community Growing Network and executive director of Just Food in Ottawa.

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