In 2008, a series of meetings between Toronto city staff, urban growers and organizations working on urban agriculture led to the identification of some common issues in the field. These included: training, land access, enabling policies and opportunities to share knowledge and resources through networking. In order to address these issues, participants agreed to establish a network under the name of Toronto Urban Growers (TUG) in January 2009.
Since then, TUG has hosted regular networking meetings and promoted knowledge exchanges between urban growers via tours, a website and an online forum. TUG has contributed to many initiatives in Toronto, such as the Metcalf Solutions paper, GrowTO action plan, the Guide for Soil Testing in Urban Gardens and the recently produced Guide to Growing and Selling Fresh Fruits and Vegetables in Toronto. You can find these documents on our Key Documents page.
After operating as an informal network for five years, TUG has taken steps to strengthen the network and make it more accountable to the urban agriculture community. TUG now runs an Annual Membership Meeting and has a Steering Committee elected by TUG members. We don't have non-profit status yet, stay tuned!Page updated on 2017-03-15 09:29:33