Food Security & Sustainability

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Food for physical, mental, emotional and cultural wellbeing is a priority to secure and sustain our future. We need locally grown traditional and world foods, with a focus on food growing, healthy cooking and composting. Understanding and working to strengthen the connections between food, farming, economy, health and the environment are Greenprint priorities for the City of Markham.

Food insecurity has increased and local agencies have seen an increase in demand for food resources like food banks, seed libraries, food shares, and food boxes.

Draft Garden Master Plan for 120 Kirkham Drive

The City of Markham is creating a Master Plan for the gardens at 120 Kirkham Drive. This proposed plan includes more space for individuals and groups to grow their own food as well as spaces for engagement and education. Incorporating the existing garden, the project will eventually create a centre for food production incorporating the entire property (2.84 acres - 1.15 ha).

The gardens at 120 Kirkham Drive are situated at the centre of an emerging community hub. They are located between a major shopping area, residential area and adjacent to a future large urban park. Established as a pilot in 2014, the garden is a popular community service and has been expanded in phases yet it maintains a multi-year waitlist.

To make the space more inclusive and accessible for everyone, we plan to increase the number of physical plots, incorporate off-street parking and put in place infrastructure so that more Markham residents can safely participate.

To learn more, please review the meeting recording and open the draft garden master plan concept plan and renderings in the folder to the right. Please share your ideas or ask a question about the project in the space below.


Community Garden Opening in Ward 7!

The City of Markham is excited to partner with York Region Food Network (YRFN) to create a new community garden space in Ward 7 for the 2022 growing season. YRFN will host meetings and practical workshops to help bring the group together in the first season.

The new Community Garden will be located at 120 Kirkham Drive. It will have its own water supply, tool shed and fence. Community gardens are spaces governed by a community group, where planning, planting, growing, maintenance and harvesting is done collaboratively. This new hub will welcome local residents who want to garden together and will also host gardening workshops for the entire community.

This project is supported by a grant from the Canadian Healthy Communities Initiative, Safe and Vibrant Public Spaces stream as well as funding from the City of Markham.

This new garden will be situated next to the existing allotment plots at Kirkham that are leased to individual families.

If you'd like to get involved in this community garden or learn more about this project, please contact us.

Seed Starting Workshop

Date: April 22, 2022, 4:30 PM – 6 PM

Location: Under the Gazebo at Aaniin Community Centre. This Workshop takes place outdoors (Rain or Shine).

Join York Region Food Network in Collaboration with the City of Markham, in celebration of Earth Day. In this interactive session, you can participate, in a seed starting workshop, connect with other garden enthusiasts, share tips and ideas, and pick up some seeds to get your garden started.

This is a drop in event. No registration necessary.


Food for physical, mental, emotional and cultural wellbeing is a priority to secure and sustain our future. We need locally grown traditional and world foods, with a focus on food growing, healthy cooking and composting. Understanding and working to strengthen the connections between food, farming, economy, health and the environment are Greenprint priorities for the City of Markham.

Food insecurity has increased and local agencies have seen an increase in demand for food resources like food banks, seed libraries, food shares, and food boxes.

Draft Garden Master Plan for 120 Kirkham Drive

The City of Markham is creating a Master Plan for the gardens at 120 Kirkham Drive. This proposed plan includes more space for individuals and groups to grow their own food as well as spaces for engagement and education. Incorporating the existing garden, the project will eventually create a centre for food production incorporating the entire property (2.84 acres - 1.15 ha).

The gardens at 120 Kirkham Drive are situated at the centre of an emerging community hub. They are located between a major shopping area, residential area and adjacent to a future large urban park. Established as a pilot in 2014, the garden is a popular community service and has been expanded in phases yet it maintains a multi-year waitlist.

To make the space more inclusive and accessible for everyone, we plan to increase the number of physical plots, incorporate off-street parking and put in place infrastructure so that more Markham residents can safely participate.

To learn more, please review the meeting recording and open the draft garden master plan concept plan and renderings in the folder to the right. Please share your ideas or ask a question about the project in the space below.


Community Garden Opening in Ward 7!

The City of Markham is excited to partner with York Region Food Network (YRFN) to create a new community garden space in Ward 7 for the 2022 growing season. YRFN will host meetings and practical workshops to help bring the group together in the first season.

The new Community Garden will be located at 120 Kirkham Drive. It will have its own water supply, tool shed and fence. Community gardens are spaces governed by a community group, where planning, planting, growing, maintenance and harvesting is done collaboratively. This new hub will welcome local residents who want to garden together and will also host gardening workshops for the entire community.

This project is supported by a grant from the Canadian Healthy Communities Initiative, Safe and Vibrant Public Spaces stream as well as funding from the City of Markham.

This new garden will be situated next to the existing allotment plots at Kirkham that are leased to individual families.

If you'd like to get involved in this community garden or learn more about this project, please contact us.

Seed Starting Workshop

Date: April 22, 2022, 4:30 PM – 6 PM

Location: Under the Gazebo at Aaniin Community Centre. This Workshop takes place outdoors (Rain or Shine).

Join York Region Food Network in Collaboration with the City of Markham, in celebration of Earth Day. In this interactive session, you can participate, in a seed starting workshop, connect with other garden enthusiasts, share tips and ideas, and pick up some seeds to get your garden started.

This is a drop in event. No registration necessary.


Draft Garden Master Plan: Questions and Comments?

Please submit your questions and comments on the Draft Garden Master Plan for 120 Kirkham Drive before April 30, 2022.

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