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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Food Story Map

In our last outing at the Open Farm Community social market, we asked many of you to add a pin to our offline map. A few of you also shared a bit on your motivations for going to the market, and what you would like to tell our local farmers. It's a bit delayed, but here's a simple story map on the market visitors, made using online tools: http://arcg.is/1SK24ch Help u...
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Never Did I Expect To Get This In Return

We look for reasons to plant, but what if we do so without any at all . . . . . The weather is getting wetter nowadays but the morning sun is still as comforting as can be. We have to be thankful that we are not robbed of the opportunity to connect to the earth, at least.  The early few hours of bright warm light is generous enough for urban farmers like me to get into some ...
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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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Garden visit ~ Open Farm Community

Huiying & Cuifen of Foodscape core team went to check out the edible garden at Open Farm Community, and of course we had to try the delicious food served at the restaurant too! But first, the edible garden. It's been quite some months since we visited the place, and the food garden has taken shape. Edible plants are being grown and landscaped into the area surrounding th...
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Potluck: Geok Kuan’s Home Garden

We had delicious food and great conversation that evening!   On the Menu That Evening Blue ginger drink and laksa pesto pasta, from Terence Suzanna’s beetroot salad Tofu and homemade chilli from Auntie Theresa Geok Kuan’s drinks: Blackface General drink and two others  Cui Fen’s leafy greens Chickpea salad from Huiying   &...
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Garden Stories: An afternoon at South Central Community FSC

One year ago, far from the better-known bustle of Tiong Bahru's contemporary cafe circuit, the first community garden at South Central Community Family Service Centre (FSC) was built. The proposal for the garden was supported by the FSC, after social workers worked with residents to learn their interests. The garden was a boon; with it, people started coming more often to the F...
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