Rooftop Gardening & Wellness Program

Since 2000, SRCHC has run a rooftop garden group in the spring-fall months. In 2011/12, with the help of a grant from the Government of Ontario Healthy Communities Fund, we were able to expand the program to provide more staff support, workshops and field trips at SRCHC, Central Toronto Community Health Centre and Flemingdon Health Centre. One of the results of this partnership is a gardening manual developed by CTCHC which describes activities that can be used in gardening programming. The manual is entitled “Let’s Grow: Gardening Activities to Promote Mental Health, Healthy Eating and Physical Activity” is available at: 

Linor David, health promoter at CTCHC and author of the manual, also published a short article on the Mental Health and Gardening Knowledge Swap which was held in December. It can be found at the following link: 

Rooftop Gardening and Wellness Program at SRCHC

Adults meet weekly from April to October to enjoy rooftop gardening. Each session includes time to work in raised beds, as well as presentations by a guest speakers and/or gardening experts. It is a great way to get some fresh air, do some gardening, learn new things, and have some fun! Help us plant, water, weed, and harvest from our raised garden beds. The gardens are fully accessible to walkers and wheelchairs. Light snacks are provided.

Topics may include:

  • organic gardening
  • compost and mulch
  • container gardening
  • local food
  • pest management
  • fermentation

Activities may also include:

  • art workshops
  • introduction to tai chi/meditation
  • make your own personal care products
  • preservation workshop
Program Eligibility: 
Toronto residents
Program Offered in the Following Languages: 
Interpreters available for other langs
Program Location: 
South Riverdale Community Health Centre
Program Time and Hours: 
The garden group will start meeting again on Thursday May 21 from 10am-12pm.
Program Contact: 

Caryn Thompson

(416) 461-1925, ext. 253
Are appointments required for this program?: 
Do participants need to register for this program?: