Since its inception seven years ago, the Therapeutic Garden at Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital in Alexandria, Ontario has been a leader in the field. The brainchild of Louise Quenneville, Project Manager at HGMH, the garden has grown steadily by maximizing resources, including a three-year partnership with Project SOIL (a FLEdGE partner project—see the case study here). The garden has brought well-deserved attention to HGMH and Louise, now recognized as one of Canada’s health care innovators.
Ontario Public Institutions and On-site Food Production: Visualizing the Future for Health Care
Phil Mount, Linda Varangu, Brendan Wylie-Toal, Irena Knezevic, Adeline Cohen, Louise Quenneville and Kat Rendek.
Project SOIL (Shared Opportunities on Institutional Lands) is a feasibility study that explores the potential of on-site food production for public institutions through arrangements with local producers, particularly where access to land for food production is limited and/or expensive. Funded by the New Directions Research Program of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, the project builds on emerging production models that can flexibly adapt to institutional resources, as well as land tenure models that can contribute to community food production.
This report includes summaries and links to previous SOIL reports, including A Brief History of Public Institutional Food Production, case studies of pre-existing and SOIL pilot institutional food production projects, and surveys and interviews with institutional administrators who were interested in exploring on-site food production arrangements.
Through the course of this project there were many opportunities to share our progress, observations and discoveries. In addition to our website, knowledge translation and transfer (KTT) activities included two scholarly publications, three social media articles, coverage in 14 traditional and sector media, and eight public panels and presentations.