Community Food Gardens Should Not Be Ordered Closed Due to COVID-19
A Call-Out from the Green Party of Ontario
Posted April 9th, 2020 on Niagara At Large
We think the government made a mistake by issuing a mandatory closure of all community gardens in Ontario due to COVID-19
It’s an oversight they can quickly correct.
The province classified community gardens as a recreational activity, like ice rinks and swimming pools, instead of an essential food service like grocery stores.
There are many things that are not essential right now. Food production isn’t one of them.
This decision means that tens of thousands of families – not to mention food banks – have lost access to affordable fresh fruit and vegetables they depend on.
Protect Local Food
There is a way to keep community gardens open, while keeping people safe.
Provinces like BC have done it, and we can too – with the physical distancing and safety guidelines that other essential services are following.
People across Ontario have invested time and money to prepare for this growing season.
And with the uncertainty of global food supplies, now is not the time to prohibit local production.
Please sign our petition to re-open community gardens.
- To sign, click on – https://secure.gpo.ca/content/protect-local-food
– Bonnie North, Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Critic, Green Party of Ontario
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