Gardening in Toronto: Across Ages and Cultures

In late June, I had the fortune of attending a tour of urban gardens in Toronto, conducted by the Toronto Urban Growers. This was a day before the Scarborough Fare, which I was also attending (and which is the subject of another post!).   We visited 4 gardens by bus, subway and walking--lots of walking and talking! I took lots of photos, so let's zip through what I s...
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Connecting Growers and Chefs

Foodscape Collective connects growers to chefs and designers creating experiential events for others. But it’s not always easy going from one part of the island to another to deliver fresh produce. So why do it? In a conversation one day, Cuifen and I realised that it was probably a good idea for me to share more about why I've decided, on several occasions, to spend good pa...
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Community fruit forests: picking (un)wholesome fruit?

Credit: P. Gonzalez
While visiting the garden of a friend last week, we came upon the topic of community fruit orchards and the tragedy of the commons. In this case, unlike the usual parable (popularised by Hardin), it wasn't an orchard that gradually became barren through the selfish acts of fruit-pickers, but a grove of trees that slowly accumulated sweet fruit that rotted from neglect--because ...
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A visit to Geok Kuan’s: Preparations for a farmers’ market

Earlier this week, on Tuesday, I and two others made our way over to Geok Kuan's place in the east. Our aim that day was to learn about the work that she and some others have been diligently doing for the past 2-3 months in documenting the knowledge of local medicinal plant varieties. At the same time, it was also for us to get to know one another. I'd been meeting ea...
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Agroecology

Agroecology: The Ecology of Sustainable Food Systems, Third Edition is the latest update endorsed by the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food). It talks about the 5 Levels of conversion to sustainable food systems and agroecology.    
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What are Special Write-ups?

Special Ops, Special Write-ups. We accept ideas for articles, videos, images and any other work that you have made about food, ranging from the mundane everyday bit of information, to the creative and metaphorical. We are not only interested in growing our plants, but in the life cycle of the food product, as it goes from seed, shoot, to fruit, market, our mouths, our heads and...
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Volunteer

We have more ideas than we know what to do with at present! We know what we want to do, we just need more hands and heads to do them all! Many people have been asking how they can get involved in our work, so we've decided to put up this list. If you are keen on seeing this project as it develops and want to contribute to it in any way, big or small, fill in the form below o...
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