The goals and principles stated in the Food Charter set the tone for all the “Côte Saint-Luc Grown” initiatives. Over the coming weeks and months, residents of all ages will have the opportunity to participate in urban agriculture, in whatever ways suit their lifestyle. They can sign up for a space in one of our new community gardens or plant their own backyard or balcony garden. They can participate in gardening classes at the library and get involved with the demonstration garden located behind it. People can shop at the CSL farmers’ market, subscribe to a food basket, and more.
I was pleased to support the adoption of this plan, as seconder at this week’s public council meeting. The notion of growing and buying one’s food close to where they live is gaining traction as the rebirth of an olden day practice.
I recall the stories of my grandfather, Avrum Nachshen, the fruit wholesaler, who would buy boxes of apples, pears, oranges, lettuce, carrots… from the importers located at the fruit terminal on Richmond St. He would service his customers at grocery stores throughout the city. This was his occupation from 1928 until about 1960.
As well, his brother, my Uncle Motle, had a grocery store called M. Nachshen. (He was located on Duluth at the corner of City Hall, now Hotel de Ville in the 1930s and 1940s, then moved to Cuthbert, corner Clark, until about 1950, St. Lawrence near Villenneuve until 1970). He specialized, and was famous for his sour pickles.
Then there was my Uncle Fred Schertzer who would pull up to our house on Cork Ave always with a trunk full of fresh fruit and veggies from the Marché Central.
So it seems appropriate, and somewhat nostalgic, for me to support this excellent initiative. You can see it’s part of my roots!