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!

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