World Crops at the Top, June 15th

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Photo Opportunity: The Rooftop Garden at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel Welcomes New Crops


From bee hives to basil, Chef David Garcelon of the Fairmont Royal York Hotel is seen as an innovator on the Toronto food scene for his rooftop garden. Now Chef Garcelon will be adding to his rooftop oasis by planting crops from around the world. As a host hotel for the upcoming Indian International Film Awards (IIFA), Garcelon’s garden is set to focus on South Asian produce such as okra, red hot peppers, and small round eggplant --- vegetables favoured in South Asian cuisine. The crops provided by Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, will provide an opportunity for guests at the EPIC restaurant at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel to sample ethnically diverse dishes with local ingredients.  

World crops are springing up on many farms, in fact, a dozen world crops are being tested in farm and research fields in Ontario’s Greenbelt by Vineland Research and Innovation centre in Niagara. This research will help farmers capitalize on the lucrative multi-million dollar market in ethnocultural vegetables in the Toronto area. Locally grown world crops will have a fresh competitive advantage to attract discerning buyers like Chef Garcelon.

What:
  
Find out about and taste the new world crops being planted in this year in Ontario’s Greenbelt.
Learn from Chef Garcelon how to incorporate ethnocultural vegetables into your meals. 
Find out how to grow your own crops from Vineland researcher Ahmed Bilal

When:  
June 15, 2011, 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  
Photo – Op: Demonstration planting on the Royal York rooftop 1:30pm - 2:00pm 

Where:  
Royal York Hotel, 19th Floor, Salon 4  
 
This project has been funded in part by a grant awarded by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation.


About the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation  

Ontario’s Greenbelt is an example of a vibrant multi-use greenbelt that protects significant agricultural and environmentally sensitive lands from development.  Underpinned by one of the strongest legal frameworks and impressive political commitment, it provides diverse economic, environmental and social benefits to Ontarians. The Greenbelt is 1.8 million acres of potential to make Ontario a better place. The Greenbelt Foundation began in 2005 with a mandate to promote and sustain our Greenbelt as a permanent feature. 
www.greenbelt.ca 
 
About Vineland Research and Innovation Centre 
Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is an independent, not-for-profit organization that was created to be a world-class centre for horticultural science and innovation. In its capacity to enable and foster relationships with industry, academia and government, Vineland works to deliver premium product and production innovations. Vineland brings a global perspective to the Canadian horticulture industry and offers a broad range of lasting benefits to stakeholders both locally and internationally. Aligned with industry needs, Vineland’s research priorities and outcomes are focused on the growth of the entire horticulture industry. Vineland is funded in part by Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. 
www.vinelandresearch.com

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For more information about the event contact:  
 
Carla Balabanowicz 
Communications Coordinator 
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation 
(416) 960-0001, ext. 306  
cbalabanowicz-at-greenbelt.ca  

For inquiries about the Vineland research 
program contact: 
 
Isabel Dopta 
Director Communications 
Vineland Research and Innovation Centre 
P: 905.562.0320 X791

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