Worm Composting – A Practical Guide by Young Urban Farmers [Kindle Edition]
Learn how to successfully compost with red wiggler worms with this practical, hands-on guide by Young Urban Farmers. Full of field-tested advice and techniques, this book will give you the confidence to create rich, high-quality, organic compost for your garden and potted plants. Purchase book. As part of his promotion of the book, Christopher Wong is offering it as a free download for a limited time only on Friday November 30th and Saturday December 1st. Free download on specified dates.
Launch of the Ontario Farm to School Challenge
Over the course of the Challenge, which runs from November 1, 2012 to February 1, 2013, organizers FoodShare Toronto and Sustain Ontario will offer educational materials, profile Ontario Farm to School Champions, and hold informative webinars and training to help participating schools source local food from existing suppliers, find new suppliers, and inspire fun ideas for menu planning and student involvement. Sustain Ontario post.
GrowTO Urban Agriculture Action Plan for Toronto
While the rural farmscape might be what immediately comes to mind, cities, too, are (and have always been) places of significant, energetic and committed food production. Urban agriculture has entered the lexicon as a way to describe a myriad of food-growing practices that are increasingly taking place in cities throughout the country and, indeed, the world. In fact, globally, it is common for a significant portion of food consumed in cities to be grown within and immediately surrounding those same cities. Action plan (7.7MB PDF).
It Takes a Village to Feed a Summit
When planning an event, you’re bound to stumble into a few hurdles along the way, most likely when you least expect it and probably at the last minute. But sometimes one person’s hurdles can become another’s opportunity to shine. And at this year’s OCTA Summit, London’s Village Harvest Bakery showed us what it takes to truly radiate: hard work, a great team and, of course, delicious treats made with local ingredients! It was 9am on Saturday morning when I received the email: we no longer had a desserts provider to feature during the Locavore Lunch at the OCTA Summit. Did I know anyone who could provide 150 snack-sized desserts for Monday? Make that 150 snack-sized desserts featuring local ingredients? Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance post.
Greenbelt Grown Innovation
Victory Organic created the “Bob Wash”, a small-scale washing system for ensuring salad greens and root vegetables are washed and packaged safely. It is able to handle a variety of vegetables and costs a fraction of industrial scale washing systems. As an added benefit, it can be set up right on the farm, making it a convenient alternative. Victory Organic. Greenbelt Foundation website.
Dundas school de-paves paradise
Call it a twist on a classic. Close to 40 parents, kids and community members got together at Dundas’s St. Augustine school Saturday to “de-pave” paradise and dig up a parking lot as part of a joint initiative with a local not-for-profit. “Parents have complained since I’ve been here at St. Augustine school that the playground is all asphalt and there’s no shade,” said principal Judy Santi-Derubeis. “So in the springtime and the fall when it’s warm outside, our asphalt is very, very hot. Our goal was to provide some shade.” Hamilton Spectator story.
Black Creek Project
Black Creek Community Farm (BCCF) is a seven-acre site located on conservation land in Toronto. The farm is uniquely situated between a major urban centre (Jane & Finch) and a major university (York). The project is being led by Everdale, a farm-based charity with 15 years of experience growing food and providing hands-on, solution-based food and farming education to children, youth, and aspiring new farmers. Everdale is joined by an amazing group of partners: FoodShare, a charity whose goal is Good, Healthy Food for All; Afri-Can Food Basket, a charity engaging the community in the garden for food security; & Fresh City Farms, a local food business harnessing the power of social enterprise. Everdale post.
Lucky in Land in Kemptville & London! November 21
FarmStart invites you to this meet-and-greet opportunity to try to match those with farmland with those who are looking to farm. If you are a landowner and are thinking about looking for someone to farm your land, or if you are a new or existing farmer looking for land to farm, this is an opportunity for you to meet and discuss possible working relationships. Learn how FarmStart is working to help a new generation of farmers access land, training and resources. Details.
Event Information: Beekeeping in Urban Ontario: Policy meets Practice, November 27
A team of Masters students from U of T’s Program in Planning will present their investigation into policy needs for urban beekeeping and policy models from leading urban centers. Recommendations for the evolution of beekeeping policy in Ontario will be discussed. An eminent Toronto beekeeper will introduce the topic, sharing her experience with this growing practice.Details.
Garlic Giveaway for Community Gardens
Toronto Garlic Festival farmers are giving away garlic for community gardens to plant. The idea is to provide garlic for community gardens where they have a limited budget for plant seed. It’s not too late to plant garlic this year, but time’s running out! Anyone interested in getting some garlic (for free) for their community garden should contact Peter McClusky, Toronto Garlic Festival, 416 888 7829 before Friday, Nov 23.
Vermicasting (or Vermicomposting): Processing Organic Wastes Through Earthworms
Vermicasting, also called vermicomposting, is the processing of organic wastes through earthworms. It is a natural, odourless, aerobic process, much different from traditional composting. Earthworms ingest waste then excrete casts – dark, odourless, nutrient- and organically rich, soil mud granules that make an excellent soil conditioner. Earthworm casts are a ready-to-use fertilizer that can be used at a higher rate of application than compost, since nutrients are released at rates that growing plants prefer. FactSheet, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural affairs.
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GrowTO an Urban Agriculture Action Plan for Toronto
Deputations for the “GrowTO an Urban Agriculture Action Plan for Toronto” before the Park and Recreation Committee of Toronto City Council on Nov 9th 2012. YouTube deputations.