Check our TO Food Events Hub link above for information on what's coming up, including events with Building Roots and Food Nation!
Skate & Cider with Food Nation
At Skate and Cider, we'll be discussing a food justice vision for Toronto and sharing the Food Nation platform around a warm camp fire.
Date: February 21, 2015 Time: 2-4pm
Location: Duffering Grove Park (south of Bloor on Dufferin)
Feed Your Advocacy with Building Roots
Help Create Places to Grow, Cook, Buy, and Share Healthy Food
Date: February 23, 2015 Time: 6:30 - 8:00pm
Location: 35 Fairview Mall Drive, Toronto Public Library Room 1, First Floor
Our Building Roots team took particular notice of a garden in Ward 22 with notice from Councillor Josh Matlow.
Because the City passed a motion making the community garden in Oriole Park the ﬁrst community infrastructure project we've heard of to use Section 37 for food.
It is also the ward's first community garden, helping to fulfill the City's policy passed a decade ago for a public garden in every ward.
When we spoke to Josh he said that asking city councillors to use Section 37 it was a way to implement good food in new and established developments and parks. Section 37 is funding provided as part of the development process to projects that provide community benefits. See our developing Building Roots Toolkit for more info and how to do this yourself.
Oriole Park's community garden being built in May
Councilor Matlow met with residents in Brentwood Towers, Deer Park and Chaplin Estates residents to determine how they wanted to see Section 37 funds used. The majority voted for a community garden. Community town hall meetings also helped to carefully determine the best use of the money for the residents.
This is an excellent example of local decision-making and budgeting - and the people wanted food!
The development at 137, 147 and 35 Merton Street fully funded Section 37, and therefore the garden. Now that Section 37 for the park is allocated there will be a committee of residents who will be part of the design, implementation and maintenance of the community garden.
Perhaps local businesses will donate equipment and other raw materials, such as soil, seedlings and even labour.
We look forward to hearing more about Oriole Park and how the process will create a space that can be used by everyone.
The fact that Section 37 funds were used to create this urban agriculture initiative is a tangible example to city Councillors, planners and developers that urban agriculture and related community and commercial food infrastructure can be accomplished when we all work together.
This is exactly what Building Roots is working to make happen across Toronto. Contact us for support in making this happen in your neighbourhood.
- Lisa Kates, Building Roots consultant
Looking for opportunities to make a difference through community food security or sustainable food systems? Having trouble finding a job? Want to find non-traditional opportunities in food, community, health, equity and business...while networking and growing your skillset?
This mini-conference on good food work will provide opportunities to learn how to build sustainable food systems and community food security ithrough your career; learn important skills such as grant writing; gain ideas and tips for the food job search and career development; and learn from those who've made a go at it...
Saturday, February 8th: 11:30 am - 5:00 pm
Food Forward Centre: 2 Homewood Avenue, Toronto
(just north of Carlton, between Jarvis and Sherbourne)
Dave Kranenburg. Currently works for CSI as their community programs facilitator. Dave used to run a national program coordinating student food banks across multiple campuses. A common thread of Dave’s work is organising people to increase access to healthy food for all.
- Q&A, Discussions with a critical look at the future of community food work, and more...
- Lunch and refreshments provided
Cost - $45
or $30 for Food Forward CSA members/monthly contributors
Only 20 spots available!
Register now at: http://pushfoodforward.nationbuilder.com/member
Funds support the new Food Forward Centre.
Our centre is wheelchair accessible. Contact with any questions email@example.com
Subsidies may be available from neighbourhood community agencies, career centres, or for students, from your faculty.
Lunch will be vegan-friendly.
Thanks to support from the Ontario Natural Food Co-op!