Many relatively affluent communities and especially poor communities have challenges to make sure all children have enough nutritional food to eat.
We are starting a pilot project to provide sustainable food production for children using lessons and strategies from various food sustainability projects.
The project includes tips for growing food in limited space using seed sprouting, container gardening, wall gardening, and small plot urban farming.
The project also includes ideas for community food production such as the use of unused public and private spaces for urban farming.
We also look at food rescue strategies to make use of edible food that often goes uneaten.
The ideas start very small and grow to very large scale solutions to the challenges of providing food to those who need it.
Learn More about the Sustainable Food For Children Project
You can grow a surprising amount of plants in small spaces using containers.
Use pots, planter boxes, and other containers on balconies, decks, or nooks and crannies of your yard. You can move small containers as needed.
What You Can Grow
You can grow almost any plant in a container. You could even sprout trees like California Redwoods, but you would need to transplant them and they are probably not the tastiest plants.
Here are some suggestions for food crops:
- Leafy Greens
- Edible flowers
- Asian Greens
Almost any container can be made to work, including bags, buckets, pots, cardboard boxes, wooden planter boxes, concrete and stone planters, to very expensive works of art.
Or an old car!
Where to Find Supplies
You can look for suitable containers in your home and neighbourhood.
Garden Centers, Supermarkets, and Department Stores may carry suitable garden supplies.
Local gardening clubs and organizations could be a good source of seeds, plants, tools, supplies, and advice.
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