Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2015 Regional Award Winner


FoodShare Toronto

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   MPP Chris Ballard Katie German and Orlando Martin López Gómez

MPP Chris Ballard Katie German and Orlando Martin López Gómez

Schoolyard gardening brings many benefits: students learn important skills, connect to nature and enjoy fresh, healthy produce. So when FoodShare Toronto, a non-profit, wanted to enhance revenues for their "School Grown" program they increased schoolyard production by implementing tight plantings and quick successions: from 500 pounds of fresh produce in 2012 to 5,000 pounds in 2014. As a result, revenue grew 13-fold. The program now hires 14 students each season, who learn everything from production to merchandizing. The harvest is sold to several restaurants and direct to consumers at two farmers' markets. Now, FoodShare is sharing its secrets via videos, webinars, conferences and more, so that other institutions across Canada can transform urban space into productive farmland.

Creation Date: 06 November 2015
Last Reviewed: 10 November 2015