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growTO Urban Agriculture Speakers Series

growTO Urban Agriculture Speakers Series

growTO Urban Agriculture Speakers Series flyerPlease join us at the growTO Speakers Series to hear from local and international urban agriculture experts and participate in interactive discussions designed to expand local food production in Toronto.

Session 1: What can we grow? New Crops and Marketing for a Multicultural City

Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Ryerson University Architecture Building, 325 Church Street "The Pit"

Topic: Growing food for a multicultural city and market. Exploring world crops as an exciting opportunity for small-scale growers and processors in Toronto and other Ontario cities.

Speakers

  • Ahmed Bilal, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, Vineland ON
  • Bill Sciarappa, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Monmouth County, NJ
  • Margaret Zondo, Southern Horizons, McVean Farm, Brampton
  • Damian Adjodha, Fresh City Farms, Toronto

Moderator: Lorraine Johnson, author of City Farmer, Adventures in Urban Food Growing"

Session 2: How can we grow?  Food Hubs – from Concept to Practice

Special  panel session at the Toronto Food Policy Council's conference "Together at the Table: The Foundations and Future of Food in Toronto"

Date: Thursday October 20, 2011
Time: Full day conference 8:30 a.m. to 5:00, panel session begins at 1:45 p.m.
Please note special location: St. Lawrence Hall, 157 King Street East at Jarvis.
*Registration for this event is mandatory. Please visit www.foodpolicy.eventbrite.com to register.

Theme: Urban agriculture has a central role to play in emerging neighbourhood food hubs. Learn about exciting initiatives in London UK, Buffalo and Vancouver and how they might be applied to Toronto and other Ontario cities.

Speakers                                                                                                          

  • Janine de la Salle, HB Lanarc, Vancouver
  • Ayal Dinner, West End Food Co-operative, Toronto
  • Utcha Sawyers, FoodShare, Toronto
  • Randy Whittaker, Ontario Natural Food Co-op, Mississauga
  • Gavin Dandy, Everdale Environmental Learning Centre, Hillsburgh ON

Moderator: Wally Seccombe, Co-Founder and Chair of Everdale Organic Farm and Environmental Learning Centre

Session 3: Where can we grow? Planning and Designing for a Carrot City

Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location:
Ryerson University Architecture Building, 325 Church Street "The Pit"

Theme: Land is a very scarce commodity in Toronto and many other big cities. Interesting policy alternatives such as land trusts and innovative zoning are needed. New growing frontiers such as rooftops, land near public institutions and brownfields will be highlighted in this session.

Speakers

  • Katherine Brown, Southside Community Land Trust, Providence RI
  • Annie Novak, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, Brooklyn NY
  • Joe Lobko, DTAH/du Toit Architects, Toronto
  • Richard Christie, Toronto District School Board, Toronto

Moderator: Joe Nasr, Co-author of Carrot City and Instructor, Certificate in Food Security, Ryerson University

Session 4: Why should we grow? Making the Case for Urban Agriculture

Date:  Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Time:  6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Ryerson University Architecture Building, 325 Church Street "The Pit"

Theme: Urban agriculture makes for more socially cohesive, economically viable, and ecologically sound communities and cities. This panel discussion will explore some of the key potentials for urban farming in Toronto, including skills and jobs creation and health promotion.

Speakers

  • Nevin Cohen, The New School, New York
  • Harry Rhodes, Growing Home, Chicago
  • Aimee Carson, Evergreen, Toronto
  • Rhonda Teitel-Payne, The Stop Community Food Centre, Toronto

Moderator: Lauren Baker, Coordinator of the Toronto Food Policy Council

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