Friday, August 31, 2012

Highlights from Toronto! pt.1

For those of you who haven't heard us mention it, Toronto just hosted the largest urban agriculture conference Canada has ever seen - THE URBAN AGRICULTURE SUMMIT. There were four days of speaking events, workshops, tours and exhibits that brought together hundreds of like-minded individuals from all over the continent.

Lauren, Marilyn and Kyle were invited to present the Productive Collective pilot project and mingle with the inspiring crowd. The conference wrapped up with a beautiful evening of organic food and drinks at the impressive Wynchwood Barns. Here's a taste of some of the fantastic people we met along the way:

Santropol Roulant is a Montreal-based not-for-profit organization founded and run by young people in the community. They bring people together across generations and cultures through our innovative meals-on-wheels service, our intergenerational activities and our volunteer programs.

Two guys from Omaha Nebraska began teaching their community about urban agriculture using a mobile truck farm, and have now set out to document urban farming initiatives all across America. They are interested in how this emerging trend is revitalizing our cities and making us more conscious of the way we eat.

The Stop is a community food center that strives to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds health and community and challenges inequality.They provide frontline services including a drop-infood bankperinatal program, community action programbake ovens and marketscommunity cookingcommunity advocacysustainable food systems education and urban agriculture. The Stop’s 'Green Barn' is a sustainable food production and education centre which houses a state-of-the-art greenhouse, food systems education programs, a sheltered garden, our Global Roots Garden, community bake oven and compost demonstration centre.

Of course, we had enough time to check out some of Toronto's architecture, waterfront redevelopment projects, markets, and FOOD!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

BUILD DAY 04: System Startup!

The system was filled with water, and the plumbing was calibrated!

This aeration bar is supporte by a commercial grade aerator below.

The syphons and the fish tank return work like a charm!

Marine grade boat battery, inverter, timer, and meter are all running on site!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Solar Power!

Today, Dan and I picked up a solar panel and two batteries with all the fixin's:

- A 100 watt Solar panel and battery courtesy of Lam Partners
- A marine grade deep charge battery
- An inverter to convert the batteries' DC power to AC
- A timer to run 4 hour of 2 hour on cycles
- A charge meter to check how much power we're getting
- A trickle charger (wall outlet battery charger) for at home or on-site charging

We've got a nice little tub for everything to sit under... it's time to fill the tanks and cycle the system!