This land in downtown Toronto has quite a history. We could go as far back as the Iriquois people who established trade routes along the many rivers and streams that feed into Lake Ontario. We could go back to learn from their tending of the Black Oak Savannahs which sprang up on the sand dunes left by a receeding glacier. The understanding then was that when we tend the land, the land gives back. This was in the minds of City Surveyor and Architect, John G. Howard and his wife Jemima Howard when they purchaced 66.4 hectares of land now known as High Park. It was John Howard to developed the original mental hospital on the property now housing the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, CAMH. And it was on this property that a small food agency, FoodShare, joined forces with people at the United Way and CAMH to develop an urban, organic garden, planted and tended by mental health survivors accessing the services of CAMH. This is Part 1 of a 3-part series. Watch as we break ground.