June 15, 2013
Carmine Filice CLP of Greentario Landscaping in Hamilton had a project near and dear to him as a board member of City Housing Hamilton (CHH).

A community garden project helps CHH tenants to access healthy food they can afford and that is culturally appropriate. The initiative began in 2010 with seven gardens and and expanded this year to 22 sites with over 300 residents participating.  

“As a landscape professional, I was thrilled to see CHH turn an unused urban space into a productive garden. As a CHH board member, seeing the virtues of this project become reality is testimony to the vision and dedication of the CHH staff. Furthermore, the benefits to the tenants are many. Outdoor activity, gratification of seeing the fruit of one’s labour and most importantly, providing affordable fruit and vegetables,” says Filice.

He feels that as the industry leader, it is important for Landscape Ontario to recognize and applaud community projects like this for its many merits. Filice added, “I believe in doing so that it will encourage other organizations like CHH to implement similar concepts.”