Growing Good Food Ideas: The Karma Project of Penetanguishine

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Author: Jenn Kucharczyk

Posted: April 24, 2013

Categories: Growing Good Food Ideas / Videos

The Karma Project of Penetanguishine from Sustain Ontario on Vimeo.


“There is a lot of potential that already exists in our community, people that produce food or that want to produce food or used to produce food… A lot of the knowledge exists, we just need to bring in the threads and weave it all back together.”

The compassionate pay-it-forward mentality of the Karma Project has opened up new opportunities for people in the Penetanguishine community to take part in re-building a healthy local food system. The community garden initiative is one of a variety of good food projects in this southern Georgian Bay municipality, which has made itself a model for other towns seeking ‘off-the-beaten-path ideas’ to prevent knowledge loss and to tackle barriers to food access for low-income residents. Beneficial results of the project are both immediate and long term: the plots provide in-kind charitable donations to a women’s shelter in neighbouring Midland; and those same gardens promote lifelong food literacy and provide skill-building opportunities for youth. Watch this video to learn more about the growth of farmers’ markets in the area, including the first year of a farmers’ market on Christian Island, a remote community with 700 residents and no grocery store. Visit The Karma Project website.