Nine days of celebrating urban-grown food and the people who grow it!
Sharing the knowledge of Toronto's experienced growers
Measuring the social, environmental, health and economic impacts of urban agriculture
Tour of Ryerson Urban Farm Rooftop Garden
TUG highlights exciting local UA projects through networking meetings and tours
Garden Sharing Network
A pilot project to support neighbourhood organizations matching gardeners with underused private space
Urban Agriculture Week
TUG wants to put the spotlight on urban-grown food and the people who grow it! The City of Toronto will declare September 8-16 as Urban Agriculture Week to celebrate the many ways that growing food in the city makes Toronto a greener and more vibrant place to live.
When people who want to grow food have difficulty finding space, matching gardeners and landholders with underused space can open up more room to grow. Garden Sharing Network members created tools such as intake forms, site assessments and garden sharing agreements to support successful matches. A report also shares reflections on a one-year pilot project to develop a network of garden-sharing organizations. See the Garden Sharing Network page.
Toronto has a wealth of growers who know everything from how to grow okra to increasing participation in a community garden to starting up an innovative local food business. Many of these people, coming from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, are well-known in their own neighbourhoods but not heard elsewhere in the city. TUG hopes to change that by featuring growers and what they know in videos, articles and photo essays. See the Grower2Grower page.
Urban Agriculture Indicators project
If we are to make a strong case for investing more resources into urban agriculture and developing enabling policies, it's important to have reliable and compelling data that show the positive impacts UA can have. When Toronto Public Health heard from decision-makers that there was a lack of Toronto-specific data, they commissioned TUG to consult with local UA practitioners on developing indicators that would measure the social, economic, health and environmental benefits of growing food in the city. Click here for the full report (PDF).
Community Engagement and Entrepreneurial Development (CEED) Gardens in Hydro Corridors
Within Toronto’s Hydro transmission corridors, there are large expanses of under-utilized grassy fields with great potential for growing food. In fact, many of Toronto’s allotment gardens are located on Hydro lands, leased by the City for recreational purposes. TUG is partnering with City of Toronto staff and non-profit organizations to establish new CEED gardens in Hydro corridors across the city, with a focus on community economic development, sustainable food production and creating publicly-accessible green spaces. Many of the new sites will offer incubator plots for new farmers to take the next steps to build their businesses. Stay tuned for updates! For more information, read this article from the Torontoist.