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Verdun shared garden program looking to expand

07/29/2015 05:00 EDT | Updated 07/28/2016 05:59 EDT
A Verdun organization that is looking to grow their shared garden program needs the help of homeowners who have a little extra room in their yard.

The shared gardens are set up by The Urban Abundance Solidarity Cooperative. Homeowners are asked to sign a contract for a three year period.

The cooperative establishes a garden on the homeowner's property and maintains it throughout the season. In return the cooperative asks for a portion of produce.

"We ask for 75 per cent of whatever is grown," said Tracey Arial, one of the co-founders of The Urban Abundance Solidarity Cooperative.

"The rest stays with whoever owns the garden. If they sign on again, we let them keep more."

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Arial says the produce they collect at the cooperative ends up in local farmers' markets. She says that right now the organization is running three shared gardens, but to keep up with demand they'll need seven more.

She says that the goal is to be able to increase the amount of produce available to verdun residents.

"We really want everyone to have a fresh market food nearby where they can get local produce that's affordable," said Arial.  

The cooperative grows a variety of produce and, in particular, favours perennial produce like asparagus, rhubarb, and different herbs. They also grow tomatoes, cucumbers, and squash.

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