Urban Agriculture Profiles

Alex Wilson Community Garden

Location: Downtown

Claim to Fame: The only community garden easement in the history of Toronto. Nestled in between highrise towers in the downtown core, it will be kept as a habitat for native plants and food gardens in perpetuity.

Website: Facebook, YouTube

Black Creek Community Farm

Location: Jane and Finch

Claim to Fame: 8 acre urban farm working for food justice by growing organic produce and making natural spaces accessible for low income, racialized residents in a densely populated neighborhood. Working with Sweet Grass Roots Collective to bring Indigenous gardens and ceremony to the site. Lots of video tours and workshops on social media!

Website: Link, Facebook, Instagram

Bowery Project

Location: Downtown

Claim to Fame: Mobile urban farms for temporary food production in vacant lots in downtown Toronto.

Website: Link

Building Roots: Ashbridge Estate

Location: Greenwood/Coxwell

Claim to Fame: Building Roots’ new Ashbridge Estate farm is returning the property to its roots as a farm. All the food is sold on a pay what you can basis in the Moss Park Market, a sustainable source of organic and local food for low income communities operated out of a shipping container!

Website: Link

CICS Enrich Project

Location: L’Amoureaux

Claim to Fame: A year-round field-to-table program with gardening, environmental stewardship activities, healthy eating and cultural activities. The program is an intercultural space to bring people together and make connections through food.

Website: Link, Instagram

Flemingdon Park Community Ministry – The Common Table

Location: Flemingdon Park

Claim to Fame: An urban farm on underutilized church property with a market that builds
community while making fresh produce affordable.

Website: Link, Instagram

Indigenous Land Stewardship Circle

Location: High Park

ILSC Description of Their Group: We are a Circle of Elders, knowledge keepers, community members and leaders who have come together around our shared commitment to healing Indigenous lands and community here in Tkaronto. High Park’s oak savannahs are Dish With One Spoon Wampum lands, where our ancestors conducted ceremony, grew gardens, hunted and foraged for food and medicines.

Website: Link

John Polyani Garden and PACT

Location: Lawrence Heights

Claim to Fame: This 1.5 acre garden is one of three partnerships between the PACT Urban Peace Program Grow to Learn and the Toronto District School Board. While students are learning about organic food production, nutrition and sustainability, they are growing food for distribution in the community. A novel community compost exchange allows residents to turn in food scraps in exchange for market coupons.

Website: Link

Milky Way Garden

Location: Parkdale

Claim to Fame: Located on the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust’s first parcel of land, the Milky Way Garden is a community garden used by largely Tibetan community members participating in the Parkdale Public Library ESL program. A fire pit for sacred fires and Indigenous food and medicine plants make the garden a place for Indigenous teaching, ceremony and celebrations. The garden has big plans to become an urban agriculture hub and social enterprise, connecting the community through healthy food, skills development, and learning opportunities.

Website: Greenest City, PNLT

Parkview Neighborhood Garden

Location: North York

Claim to Fame: Returning the area back to its use in the 18th and early 19th century as a farm, the Parkview Neighborhood Garden is an organic market garden. The garden is organized so that there are no individual plots, instead, decisions are made collectively. Food produced is sold to the community from a cart in the garden, with profits split between charity donations and buying seeds and other supplies.

Website: Link

Scarborough Village Community Garden

Location: Markham/Kingston Rd

Claim to Fame: Volunteer-run community garden in city park that partners with the Community Arts Guild to welcome non-gardeners in the neighbourhood with colourful visual and performance arts.

Website: Facebook, Instagram

Sundance Harvest

Location: Downsview

Claim to Fame: 1/3 acre, year-round and ecological urban farm that’s rooted in justice. Growing in the Margins is a free urban agriculture mentorship program which nurtures and grows the farm projects of  BIPOC, LGBTQ2S and youth with disabilities from seed to harvest.  

Inspiring instructional videos and social media posts with founder Cheyenne Sundance.

Website: Link, Facebook, Instagram

The Gardens Lakeshore

Location: South Etobicoke

Claim to Fame: Garden pods are like a community garden except more mobile, comprised of raised beds that make them easy to set up throughout communities. Produce grown in the gardens is partially given back to the community through food banks and food programs like the LAMP CHC Good Food Market.

Website: Link

Withrow Park Farmers’ Market – Urban Grower Project

Location: Riverdale

Claim to Fame: This is the first farmers’ market in Toronto to create a program specifically for urban growers and backyard gardeners to attend as vendors. It aims to foster and encourage more urban agriculture in the city and by mindfully reducing barriers that small scale producers might face.

Website: Link

Want to see more urban agriculture in Toronto? Visit http://torontourbangrowers.org/urban-agriculture-in-toronto

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