The Gould Street Garden located across 55 Gould st. was created in the spring of 2011 in partner with a group of students from Ryerson University’s Department of Architectural Sciences. The students were assigned to design a functional garden space that was aesthetically pleasing to all. After months of brainstorming and planning, a final design plan was developed after building materials from the Architecture building were offered. The students upcycled the oak provided to create functional trellises, benches and stakes while concrete boxes were made into planter boxes to store self-watering containers. The implementation of the Gould Street Garden has led to the development of several partnerships including Ryerson’s Early Learning Centre, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (The World Crops Project) and Ryerson’s Community Food Room. Since its beginnings, the Gould Street Garden has dedicated the middle section of the site to grow crops from the WORLD CROPS LEARNING PROJECT. The purpose of the project is to increase awareness of the diversity of crops that can be produced in Ontario. Since the summer of 2011, Yard long beans, Eggplants, Callaloo, Hot Chili Peppers, Okra, Tomatillos, and Bottle Gourd have beautified the growing space and continues to be a draw for passer-bys to admire and inquire. In August of 2012, The World Crops Project was awarded the Premier’s Awards for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence.
The purpose of the Gould Street Garden is to demonstrate the beauty in food production in an urban setting. Each year, a variety of vegetables and fruits such as tomatoes, kale, beans, peas, nasturtium, garlic, swiss chard and lettuces are planted, harvested and shared amongst the participants and the community.