World Crops, Local?

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Okra--Poppy Seed Curry

As an immigrant to Canada, I’ve always appreciated Toronto’s diversity. I could almost forget that I’m not back in the Caribbean, if not for those crazy winter storms. I can get all the seasoning peppers, long beans, plantains, callaloo, okras, eggplants, and pumpkins to cook up a storm that I find back home.

So, can you imagine my excitement after learning that some of these crops can and are being grown right here in Ontario’s Greenbelt and across Toronto? In addition to having some of my favourite things to eat, they are also being locally-grown! This means that they are fresher and tastier. They aren’t being transported over long distances, and so they are better for me and better for the environment.

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I was so interested in learning more about world crops that I started researching, learning, and sharing information about the great things happening in the Greenbelt and around Toronto.  This has led to theWorld Crops project facebook fanpage spearheaded by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation in partnership with Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, The Stop Community Food Centre, and Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association. It is a forum to learn and share information about world crops—from where they’re being grown, to easy world crop recipes, to their tremendous health benefits. You will find everything you need to know about the World Crops project in Ontario’s Greenbelt.

So, what are you waiting for? “Like” the World Crops project FB fanpageand check out all the cool information. Also find out what’s happening at the World Crops project blog. There’s a lot to know and share and it’s all about food—something we all love.

 --Esther

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