Best in GrowTO Contest 2021 Winners


Squashes, gourds and melons Peppers Tomatoes Root vegetables

Container or small space gardens Pollinator gardens

Funniest fruit or vegetable Best fruit or vegetable arrangement

Innovation

Best squashes, gourds and melons

Includes squashes, pumpkins, zucchinis, cucumbers, ornamental gourds, bitter melons and sweet melons.

1st Place: Kam Ping Young

2nd place – Thorncliffe Park Urban Farmers

3rd place – Melodie Ng, Flemingdon Park Ministry’s the Common Table

Best peppers

Includes sweet, hot and dried peppers

1st place – Alysha Arseneau, Rogue Farms

2nd place – Thorncliffe Park Urban Farmers

3rd place – John Doleweerd, Scarborough Village Community Garden

Best tomatoes

1st place – Melodie Ng, Flemingdon Park Ministry’s the Common Table

2nd place – George Stojkovic

3rd place – Rosina Leung (Brad’s Atomic Grape tomatoes)

Best root vegetables 

Includes any vegetable with an edible root (such as potatoes, eddoes, radishes, carrots, daikons, Jerusalem artichokes/sunchokes or beets). Can be a single vegetable or a bunch.

1st place – Thorncliffe Park Urban Farmers

2nd place – John Doleweerd, Scarborough Village Community Garden

3rd place – Alysha Arseneau, Rogue Farms

 Container or small space gardens

1st place – Suzanne Isaacs

2nd place – Valerie Wood

3rd place – Ruden Miguel

Best pollinator gardens

Gardens containing plants that attract and support pollinators.

1st place – Suzanne Isaacs

2nd place – Dimitra Psomopoulos

3rd place – Nicole Beier

Funniest fruit or vegetable

Fruits or vegetables with a natural, unusual shape, colour or size

1st place – Ruden Miguel (snake gourd)

2nd place – Jamie Fleck

3rd place – Alysha Arseneau, Rogue Farms

Best fruit or vegetable arrangement

Arrangement of two or more fruits and vegetables

1st place – Melodie Ng, Flemingdon Park Ministry’s the Common Table

2nd place – Ruden Miguel

3rd Place – Maria Sherry Lacson

Innovation

These are people who have discovered a new way to grow food in the city! This can be a structure or system for growing plants, a clever way to water or a composting system. 

1st place – Sean Smith, Crooked Farmz for a schematic of a backyard compostery

2nd place – Lowell Lo for LED growlights in repurposed plastic containers

3rd place – Thorncliffe Park Urban Farmers

People’s Choice Awards

Best Squash, Gourd or Melon – Alysha Arseneau, Rogue Farms

Best Vegetable Arrangement was a tie!

Thorncliffe Park Urban Farmers

Melodie Ng, Flemingdon Park Ministry’s the Common Table