Rooftop Garden – Decorations from ArtHeart

A few months ago, Cultivate Toronto in partnership with TAS set up a rooftop garden of 108 Earthboxes on the roof of our building in Regent Park. Now, those planters are sporting more than just fresh veggies: beautiful artwork created by the kids from ArtHeart Community Art Centre after-school children’s program

The rooftop planters are now embellished with more than just veggies! Last week, decorated garden stakes were added to the planters courtesy of the kids from ArtHeart Community Art Centre. There are now cheery butterflies, suns, bees, and dragonflies poking up out of the dirt, adding a touch of colour to the field of greens up on the roof, placed there by yours truly.

These adorable decorations represent the perfect marriage between two excellent community-building organizations. ArtHeart Community Art Centre has worked for over twenty-two years within Regent Park, providing free visual arts education to children, youth, and adults in the neighbourhood. Located in the new Daniels Spectrum building, ArtHeart continues to teach art in the community as well as to provide hot nutritious meals to adults and seniors living in Regent Park and the surrounding neighbourhood.

Now in it’s second year, the productive little garden managed by Cultivate Toronto yields nearly 400 lbs of food. Ranging from heat-loving tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and melons, to squash, lettuces, and hearty kale, the team at Cultivate Toronto has transformed this roof into a booming urban food supply. Most of this produce is donated to the community meal program housed in the Regent Park Community Food Centre at 40 Oak Street, where the remainder is sold at the nearby Regent Park Farmer’s Market on Wednesday nights. While Cultivate Toronto’s mantra is to help Torontonian’s grow food within the city, the rooftop garden at 7 Labatt represents their first attempt at a rooftop garden, and it has clearly been a great success.

TAS was pleased to facilitate this little project, bringing together two organizations that both already strengthen the community of Regent Park. We look forward to building more collaborations in the future; there are plenty more planters to decorate!