For Glen Noakes, a garden is like a doorway to Mother Earth, but living downtown, it’s hard to find a patch of dirt to call his own.

Yesterday, Noakes was on hand for the groundbreaking of a new community garden at city hall, where he will be tending one of five plots.

“I’m really happy that the city is putting more energy for opening this, because the demand is so big,” he said.

One of the plots will be designated for growing fresh vegetables for the Ottawa Food Bank. “The root of community gardens is to share with the rest of community,” said Rosemary Taylor, from Nanny Goat Hill Community Gardens, which will help tend the gardens.

There are 22 community gardens in Ottawa with wait lists of up to two years.

“The community garden at city hall will provide a community hub with an environmental and recreational focus for local residents,” said Coun. Alex Cullen.

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