Beginning in the middle March, Twenty-five seniors and fourteen youth, ages 14-18 have been working hard in the greenhouse. They have been growing seedlings (a lot of which are world crops) that they will later plant in the Global Roots gardens at the Stop Community Food Centre.Read more
Have you thought about what to plant in your garden this year? These are tough decisions to make, especially with the fantastic growing conditions in the Greenbelt – almost anything goes! Taste and beauty are the two factors I employ when figuring out what I would like to grow. The best approach for achieving this is to plant a combination of both decorative and edible varieties – a feast for the mouth and the eyes!Read more
With approximately half of Torontonians having been born outside of Canada, it’s no surprise that the GTA has a 61 million dollar market for ethno-cultural vegetables among Chinese, South Asian, and Afro-Caribbean communities. That is understandable, because it is expected that new Canadians would want to have access to crops they enjoyed back home. Currently, most of these foods are imported, although some can grow in Canada. Some new Canadians have already clued in on this and have been growing these crops right here on Canadian soil! Others are showing great interest in growing these and more conventional crops. Like many Canadian farmers, new Canadians have chosen farming as a supplementary source of income.Read more
If you are interested in local food issues, conserving biodiversity, and learning about food crops or garden plants, then Seedy Sunday should be at the top of your list of “to-dos” this weekend! As a first-timer on the Seedy Sunday scene, I’m sure to learn a lot about seeds, gardening, and making food accessible in our local neighbourhoods....
A big thanks to Seeds of Diversity Canada, who started this event in the 1990s. Back then, it was a seed exchange with a focus on heirloom, heritage and organic varieties. Over 20 years later, the event is now held across Canada. Toronto’s Seedy Sunday (and Saturday), 14 years old, now attracts approximately 2,500 people and 50+ vendors.Read more
Photos Courtesy of The Stop Community Food Centre
It’s good to know that crops from different countries around the world can grow well right here in Toronto and Ontario’s Greenbelt. The Stop Community Food Centre and Vineland Research and Innovation Centre have reported 2010 as an amazing growing season for ethno-cultural crops such as okra, callaloo, fuzzy melon, eggplant, and yard long beans as they deliver on their “New Crop Animation” project, which tests new ethno-cultural crops for production in Southern Ontario. Members of different ethnic groups in Toronto happily received produce at the Vineland growing site and The Stop, expressing their approval of the freshness and good quality.Read more
1. Greenbelt Success
The Stop Community Food Centre & Vineland Research and Innovation Centre have teamed up to diversify food production in Ontario's Greenbelt. The research has identified five different fruits and vegetables: calloloo, fuzzy melon, okra, eggplant and yard long bearns - which have traditionally been imported but can now be successfully grown in the Greenbelt. The Foundation is proud to fund this innovative research, which not only supports the local farming industry, but helps to reduce energy consumption.Read more
October was a great month to enjoy the Greenbelt with your kids. Over the past several weeks, Greenbelt staff members Allison Decker and Elissa Hermolin have been taking their respective sons, Harrison – age 3, and Hayden – age 4, to a plethora of Greenbelt farms to enjoy some amazing fall activities.
As the Harvest season is in full swing, I thought it appropriate to share my recent trip out into the Greenbelt to visit the Pumpkin King Vegetable Patch in Newmarket.
The farm is family run by Doug and Kimberley Van Luyk - and does enlist the help of 13 year- old son, Brad. It seems the regular teenage stereotype just doesn’t exist in a farm family; everyone just does their part.Read more
Recently I got out into the Greenbelt to Northumberland for a friend’s wedding. The bride’s father is an organic farmer and naturally – no pun intended - she decided to have her wedding out on his beautiful farmland.Read more
If you are a parent of a teenager, are a teenager or have met a teenager – you know they aren’t necessarily the most willing to lend a hand. John Hambly and his family however, have been working together for four generations to run a big family operation (teenagers included) in the Holland Marsh area of the Greenbelt. Currently Gwillimdale Farms Ltd<http://www.greenbeltfresh.ca/search-results-profile/476> grows carrots, yellow and red onions, potatoes, celery, beets, parsnips, and raise 35 Black Angus cattle.Read more