By Marc Lostracco
“Located in the shadow of the Ashbridges Bay wastewater treatment plant lies a decrepit, listing chain-link fence along the foot of Leslie Street. The entire area is industrial and isn’t too pretty to look at, but behind the rusted gates of the ramshackle barrier lie 240 little squares of bright green, with splashes of purple, red and yellow.
The Leslie Street Allotment Gardens are one of 20 municipally-run public facilities, which apparently total more than 2,000 individual plots citywide. It is here in Toronto’s secret gardens where apartment dwellers and health foodies can grow their own vegetables, plant wildflowers, or just spend a silent, zen-like day with their fingers in the dirt. So, why doesn’t the City want to talk about them?”