A community garden planted by Occupy Gardens and their allies on May 1st, in defense of local and global food security was ordered to be removed and covered with sod by City of Toronto Parks Director Richard Ubbens. The garden’s removal came without notice after nearly five months of community involvement undisturbed by Parks or City officials and on the eve of their harvest celebration to be held at the site in the Northwest section of Queens Park.

While we can’t endorse the City’s decision to act without out warning, especially with timing that would seem to encourage more conflict than it would resolve, when planting a garden for food security it’s important to consider the social and municipal conditions of the environment just as you would sunlight and rainfall. These days we’re living in a political climate that can be just as volatile as the “global weirding” we’re experiencing. But despite living in a landscape where property value still overshadows the value of a property’s use, many communities have seen great success working with local government agencies to acquire space and funds to allow their gardens to flourish.

So in the best interest of a healthy yield we encourage you to work along with your local regulatory agencies to avoid any unnecessary pests in your garden. But in the end… the best place for a garden, is the worst place for a garden. So we salute Occupy Gardens and their supporters for shedding light where it was needed!

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