Located just off Highbury Road, north of the Thames River and south of Hamilton Road, in a vacant city space, the not-for-profit organization Urban Roots has set up a community garden dedicated to introducing urban organic farming to the City of London, working to reconnect people and food, and engage local communities.
The passion project is made possible by selling some of the organically grown produce at farmers’ markets, while donating the rest to various organizations in the City of London such as the Men’s Mission and Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U). In this, their pilot season, Urban Roots was able to donate almost 40% of their harvest to these organizations.
Advocating for Fresh Food on a Budget
Urban Roots holds many opportunities for students in the city by welcoming volunteers, encouraging exploration and social engagement within the city, and by advocating for the enjoyment of fresh food on a budget without being solely reliant on grocery stores.
While considered a success, the first season for Urban Roots has not been free from challenges. In addition to having difficulty securing the land to begin their project, a $300 piece of equipment, which provided power to the fence used to keep out deer and other animals, was stolen from the community garden in the summer of 2017.
Urban Roots’ efforts to provide organic food to all is an inspiration, and the positive impact on the community prompted Trojan Technologies to get involved. Trojan donated a 20 ft. lockable sea container (that had formerly been used to house a treatment system) in an effort to prevent future thefts. Urban Roots makes use of this container for the storage of farm tools and supplies at their garden location.
Trojan was recognized for the generous donation at the Urban Roots 2017 Harvest Dinner, and appreciates the opportunity to be a part of such a worthy cause.