We want people to grow food with their neighbours, to establish meaningful relationships, and to give back to their community. This is what we do at Can You Dig It, we connect neighbours with each other and help them create and manage inclusive food-growing gardens. We give special attention to isolated groups – individuals with developmental disabilities, newcomers and seniors, and support them with opportunities for inclusion. In these gardens, everyone should have the feeling that they are respected and valued for who they are and the contributions they make. Together, we can enhance inclusion by offering a level of support and commitment to others, so that they are able to contribute to the best of their abilities. Gardening in a community offers us this opportunity, and more!
There are many ways of getting involved in your community in a positive, inclusive and gratifying manner. Creating or getting involved in an inclusive food-producing garden is one of them! You can support Can You Dig It’s mission by connecting, growing, and sharing with others.
In community gardens, community comes first. It doesn’t matter if your community is composed of two people or 100. What matters, is your intention and your actions: reach out to your neighbours; volunteer in your community; join an existing garden or invite people from diverse backgrounds to join your garden.
Grow your own food: tasty, organic, healthy, fresh food! Learn new skills and cultivate flourishing relationships within your community.
Share space, time and knowledge, and then – share your produce! Do you already have a garden? Invite your neighbours to help you with it, and bring extra produce to people in need: to a food bank, a community kitchen, or a free meal program. Are you are an expert gardener? Find a garden where you can support new gardeners.
See our How to Begin section for resources on starting your own garden!
Look at our Map and join a CYDI garden!