The site that is being converted to a community garden is located on the south lawn of Newtonbrook United Church (NUC), which shares the sanctuary with the Taiwanese United Church of Toronto (TUCT). It is located in Toronto’s North York district, an area known for its multiculturalism and strong East Asian presence, consisting of condominiums and single-family homes. NUC aims to be an inclusive caring community, sponsoring and coordinating a number of Outreach Ministries including a weekly Drop-Inn Centre . They also provide affordable facilities to many community groups such as the 14th Willowdale Scout Group, the Seniors Group, and the Willowdale Early Years Centre. The NUC community has been committed to environmental and social justice issues, with the church Green Team acting as the steering committee for the ‘Newtonbrook Neighbourhood Garden’ project. Adjacent to the church and located on the former parking lot is Lester B. Pearson Place, a 53 unit mixed affordable housing project, erected in 2007 by NUC-TUCT Non-Profit Homes Corporation.
Emphasis on the process of place building will transcend all stages of the design, build and maintenance of the site. Engaging a wide diversity of Newtonbrook community members and groups to form a resilient network of people partnerships with a shared ecological and food literacy paradigm that will support the sustainability of the garden into the future.