For Those Hoping To Grow Their Own Food

julieK By julieK, 8th Nov 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Information about growing up your own food in the city of Toronto.

Urban Agriculture?

With the ever growing population, farm land is turning into a thing of the past. For people wanting to have a natural, traditional, ecological and healthier way of life, urban agriculture is a small way of going back to nature.

People are making use of backyards, rooftops, community gardens and farms at the edges of the city to produce their own food, and although this is brilliant for the individual, with support they could be providing city with its own home grown vegetables and herbs.

Although urban gardening is becoming ever more acceptable, there are still issues to overcome, for example when living in Toronto apartments. There are a few initiatives that support breaking these issues on various levels.

Toronto food Policy Council is a sub-committee formed by the Toronto Board of Health in the early 90s, joining individuals from all backgrounds in food, farming and the community sector. This committee plans to work with business and community groups to develop policies and achievable programs which will promote food security.

There are lots of people who are working at promoting fresh healthy food as a basic need of life and Foodshare is one of the best known of them. According to its primary philosophy, its fundamental goal is to “take a multifaceted, innovative and long-term approach to hunger and food issues”.

Foodshare in not the only project who are endorsing this campaign, another project called The Stop Community Food Centre is lending its voice to change. This project has two centres, one generally dealing with the education of sustainable food, the other more the practicalities with community projects, a drop-in centre, food banks and other community dependent help.

The Toronto Urban Farm is a partnership between the City of Toronto and Toronto and Region Conservation that tries to encourage youth and the community in urban organic farming, leadership training, environmental stewardship, and health promotion.

Another thriving Toronto-based group aimed specifically at young people is Young Urban Farmers. Created in 2009 by university students, they try to show that gardening can be fun and their main goal is to help people understand this and grow their own fresh food.

If you do want to go ahead and have a go at urban farming, then it's worth remembering that the best type of fruit or vegetables to cultivate in these situations are ones that grow fast such as tomatoes and radishes. One of the first rules of gardening is to avoid planting the same thing year after year, this will cause the soil to be unhealthy, you will encourage pests and could end up with diseases.

If you watch gardening TV you will find that the gardeners recommend you grow plants that 'work' together; plants give off different chemicals which support each other and give better pest defense and higher yielding crops.


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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
8th Nov 2011 (#)

Good for Toronto! Urban people can grow some of their own food, and should!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
10th Nov 2011 (#)

Hello Julie K, what an amazing person you are, being involved with the plight of your fellow man. We here in Durban, feel the same about the ever dwindling food reserves,and unaffordable prices and are starting similar fruit and vegetable gardens in our area. We are also approaching local hotels for left over food for orphanages and old age homes. It is quite a logistical problem at the moment, but is an area that is practically untapped as a resource. Bless you, and may you prosper:-))

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author avatar Rose*
27th Nov 2013 (#)

Vegetables you grow yourself tend to taste better - perhaps because they're allowed to ripen on the plant instead of being picked too early

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