Urban agriculture


Planting a seed, sprouting some sprouts

As you may have seen, Food Forward has launched Plant a Seed for Earth Hour 2011. Our challenge on March 26th is for everyone to get together to plant a seed and grow a plant or some vegetables, herbs or sprouts in your own home!

Take a look at our event on Facebook and mark your participation.

Now if you want to get fast results to eating time, try growing some sprouts in your own home. By joining Food Forward, we'll send you some to try out right away, which you can grow in a couple days in a jar at home - a great thing to do for yourself or with children. Mumm's has supplied us with organic sprouts to give our new members, and they also have a video here that shows you just how to do it.

We are dedicating Plant a Seed in honour of Toronto Market Manager and good food inspirer, the late Elizabeth Harris: http://bit.ly/eZpEPO


A Toronto voice for food

Watch Opal's story. Opal, a community food animator with FoodShare and previously a volunteer at The Stop, discusses her reasons for community gardening in Toronto. Access to healthy food is important for all of us, and projects that take this into consideration and their many workers and volunteers are benefiting Torontonians every day. Let's keep going.

Opal, a friend of Food Forward, shares the links between growing food, healthy food access, advocacy and social planning.

This digital story was developed by our partners in the FoodShed Project.

See more on CitizenShift


Event - The Future of the Food Sector

The food and agriculture sector from now on will look a lot different than it has for the last fifty years - and the young leaders in this forum are guiding the way.

Our speakers include those developing programs and policies that are changing the way we see the food system while doing work that will transform how we understand health, food access, community and sustainability. They will share a wealth of knowledge and ideas in leading-edge programs and policy frameworks being tried & tested in Toronto and Ontario universities, municipalities, non-profits and businesses.

Topics covered will include urban agriculture, local sustainable food procurement, food literacy and municipal policy. The forum will be a beneficial opportunity for anyone working or interested in food & agriculture, planning, health, environment and policy, whether in private enterprise, government or the citizen sector.

Refreshments (fair trade and local fare) will be provided.

Date/Time: Tuesday, February 22, 9:30-11:30AM
Location: Deer Park Library, room 204, 40 St. Clair Ave. East, Toronto

- Tracy Philippi, Chair, Toronto Youth Food Policy Council
- Jason Qu, Campus agriculture and food security initiatives, University of Toronto
- Jodi Callan, Senior Environmental Planner, City of Toronto
- Ian Hepburn-Aley, Urban Agriculture & Community Food Facilitator, FoodShare

Listen to Ian and Jason.

Cost: $35

Spots at discounted price are now taken. Thanks for your interest!

Registration: Register for this event by contributing $35 on our Get Involved page or by becoming a monthly Food Forward Supporter. Option to pay by cheque. Any questions, please write: darcy@pushfoodforward.com

This event is organized by and supports Food Forward


The Secret Classroom

Jason Qu gave a defining talk on the socially innovative food work of today's young generation at the recent TedxHartHouse (University of Toronto). His words (view below) reflect the actions of a movement that is on the edge of a breakthrough, not just in changes in the production and content of the food we eat, but in the social rebuilding of education, community and civic engagement through its projects. Please take a few minutes to look and view his thoughts (in which he also brings up several University projects that we work with and can be found in our Projects link above) - and respond.