Growing Meals Together: Help Us Grow for the Moss Park Market

Giving food and sharing meals is the most basic and affirming thing people do; it’s a sign of welcome and hospitality around the world, and opens the way to deeper relations.

What you may not know is that much of the produce at the Moss Park Market is donated by farmers, and some is grown by our own tiny volunteer-powered urban farm in the east end.

In this difficult spring of 2020 we can’t meet over a meal, and that’s a sore loss of fellowship. So we’re inviting you to share a meal in a different way – by growing a little for the market.

We’re looking for 20 people to grow a small plot each, 1m by 2m (3’x6’). It might be beets or beans, cucumbers or carrots or cilantro, tomatoes or hot peppers … you get the idea : )

If you haven’t grown vegetables before, this is your chance to notch up a new skill with support from our gardener. It’s very, very satisfying to see a tiny seed develop into … food for a person to eat.

Building Roots can supply seed, help with suggestions, and post photos of your developing plots. It would be ideal if you can bring the harvest to the market, but we do have capacity to do some of the harvesting too.

If you have grown vegetables before, we’d love you to take on some of the trickier veg – for example, carrots that need a deep soil and constant moisture while they germinate.

To be part of this Growing Meals Together program, please contact us. And if you have friends and neighbours who are gardeners or would like to give this a try, pass the message on to them!

Building Roots In The Time Of COVID-19

With COVID-19, we are working hard to provide food for the most vulnerable in our community right now, and are offering new at-home resources for children, families, and seniors in need.

Building Roots is committed to maintaining the health and safety of our volunteers, workers, and the people we serve. Our Moss Park Market remains open Saturdays at 260 Queen Street East from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. We are no longer letting anyone into the shipping container, but are providing our bags of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as soup from the door. When a line forms, distancing of two meters is in place.

Right now we are also shifting our focus to more at-home resources to provide relief and support to those who need it most. We are delivering food baskets with fresh, nutritious food to seniors, community members living with emotional or mobility barriers, as well as those in self-isolation that have trouble accessing food. These deliveries started on Saturday, March 21. We’ve heard from our deliveries that residents are very thankful for the food right now and are helping neighbours in their building as well. 

We are also providing educational resource and activity kits for families with kids home from school. Books and other resources can be picked up in addition to groceries from the Moss Park Market during regular Saturday hours (11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.), following the same strict social distancing policies.

If you’d like to help, please consider making a donation. 100 percent of your contribution will go towards the cost of our emergency food provisions. You can donate $5.00 for one basket, or any increment of $5.00. For example, $50 provides ten baskets of food. All donations will receive a tax receipt.

If you live in Moss Park and are in need of a food delivery, please send an email to

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The City of Toronto also has a COVID-19 webpage with the latest public health information.

Lisa Kates and Darcy Higgins,
Founding Partners, Building Roots