Healthy Ecosystems, Healthy Food Systems, Healthy Communities: An Interview with Urban Grower Lorraine Johnson by Angela Gong

(Photo: Phil Wallis)  Lorraine Johnson is a self-described cultivation activist and author of numerous books on environmental issues and growing. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in literary studies from the University of Toronto, Johnson worked for many years as a book editor before writing her first book, Green Future: How to Make a World of a Difference (PenguinContinue reading “Healthy Ecosystems, Healthy Food Systems, Healthy Communities: An Interview with Urban Grower Lorraine Johnson by Angela Gong”

Helping People and the Planet: How a Toronto Urban Farm Supports Local Growers, Producers, and Consumers During the COVID-19 Pandemic By Angela Gong

Masks, hand sanitizer, face shields. Stickers placed six feet apart, lining the floor and facilitating physical distancing. Clear, plastic windows at the checkout counter. These are familiar images in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has brought widespread disruption to the ways people obtain food. Some have turned towards growing produce to reduce the frequencyContinue reading “Helping People and the Planet: How a Toronto Urban Farm Supports Local Growers, Producers, and Consumers During the COVID-19 Pandemic By Angela Gong”

Gallery: Malvern Community Gardens

Malvern Community Gardens  The three Malvern community gardens are located in the Malvern neighbourhood, and reflect the diverse nature of the community. Gardeners come from Caribbean, South Asian, and European backgrounds. (Photo: Google Maps)  Randy Bhagwan, Malvern Garden Lead and Communication Coordinator of the Malvern Food Security Workgroup. Due to physical distancing measures, the gardeners andContinue reading “Gallery: Malvern Community Gardens”

Sociocultural Barriers to Urban Growing and Solutions to Overcome Them: A Case Study of Malvern Community Gardens By: Angela Gong

How can urban growing reach more people? Who is at risk of being excluded from urban agriculture initiatives? How can community and municipal leaders identify and remove barriers to accessing growing space? In the process of implementing equitable agricultural initiatives in the city, these are the questions that need to guide decision-making, to ensure that allContinue reading “Sociocultural Barriers to Urban Growing and Solutions to Overcome Them: A Case Study of Malvern Community Gardens By: Angela Gong”

Gallery: Fresh City Farms by Angela Gong

This is a series of photos taken by Angela Gong at Fresh City Farms’ Downsview Park location. The photos highlight various components of the urban farming experience, as well as the changes that occurred with physical distancing measures and pandemic-related closures. Click here to read more about Angela’s experience farming with her family.  April 22, 2017. A bean seedling in theContinue reading “Gallery: Fresh City Farms by Angela Gong”

Urban Farming in a Pandemic: Implications for Urban Food Systems By Angela Gong

This past March marked the start of my family’s fourth growing season as Member Farmers at Fresh City Farms. After planning through the winter months, it was finally time to plant our seedlings in the Downsview Park greenhouse, and prepare our 2000 square feet of land for another summer of farming. As the Government of Ontario began toContinue reading “Urban Farming in a Pandemic: Implications for Urban Food Systems By Angela Gong”