Keeping the Community Gardening Despite COVID19

woman standing behind counter with bread in the foreground

When COVID restrictions were imposed in the spring, the 38 or so local community gardens in the Sudbury Region were classified as “leisure” activities and were forced to be closed for the planting season. Members of the Sudbury Community Garden Network had to come up with a plan to get seeds into the community. Here, you see a photo of Holly Schneider, packaging bags of seeds for free distribution into gardens all over the city. 

Over 300 individual families received soil for their home gardens and were invited to collect seeds at the pharmacy. In addition to picking up at the pharmacy, thousands of seeds were distributed through the city’s “Little Libraries.”

We are proud to be a community partner in the food literacy and access domain. Food is so critical to health, and gardening is an amazing physical and mental health activity. We support new gardeners and cooks with inspiration and access to quality products and resources. Sometimes, they are FREE! 

Season’s Pharmacy and Culinaria, 815 Lorne St., seed giveaway, Sudbury | Sudbury Star ( 

Hugh Kruzel, victory garden, seed library, COVID-19 pandemic, Sudbury | Sudbury Star ( 

Free “starter packs” of seeds are now being distributed through free little libraries in Sudbury | Morning North with Markus Schwabe | Live Radio | CBC Listen 

Group making home gardening free and easy | CTV News