August 15 (6:30pm-9:00pm) - FoodShare's Neighbourhood Garden Party
Celebrate the launch of the Urban Agriculture Summit at FoodShare's Opening Reception, a Neighbourhood Garden Party on August 15 from 6:30-8:30pm.
In FoodShare’s delicious and warmly welcoming style, this will be an evening of great food, wonderful conversation and the exploration and sharing of expertise.
Mingle with urban agriculture leaders, innovators and supporters in a friendly community atmosphere. Savour a diverse feast of favourites lovingly prepared by FoodShare’s award winning Field to Table Catering team with a special spotlight on traditional First Nations dishes. The meal will feature produce harvested from FoodShare-facilitated gardens: Bendale Business and Technical Institute’s Market Garden, the CAMH Sunshine Garden and the 90 Croatia Street neighbourhood community garden.
Explore FoodShare’s Field to Table Community Food Hub, meander through the gardens, meet local neighbours and FoodShare staff, share innovations, and discover interactive displays in multi-faceted program areas representing “every link in the Food Chain,” including urban agriculture, community gardening, mid-scale composting, beekeeping, fresh produce sourcing and sales, community cooking, student nutrition and hands-on food education from JK-Grade 12.
This is a party you won’t want to miss, an Urban Garden Party unlike any you have experienced!
Location: FoodShare, 90 Croatia St., Toronto, ON
Directions to FoodShare by TTC (Public Transit): Take the Bloor subway to Dufferin station and walk two blocks West to Brock Street. Turn South on Brock, walking less than half a block and watch for the Greenhouse and the FoodShare sign above the entrance to the school building.
August 16 - Toronto City Hall Green Roof Tour (6:00-6:30pm) and Growing the City: the Urban Agriculture Action Plan Celebration, Reception, and Book-Signing Event (6:30-8:00pm)
A reception to launch the GrowTO Urban Agricutlure Action Plan. Hosted by the Toronto Food Policy Council, the reception at City Hall is a public celebration of green ideas and innovations, and will serve to put Toronto on the map as a leader in urban agriculture and sustainable city-building. We are thrilled that Will Allen of Growing Power in the United States will also speak and be available to sign his new book "The Good Food Revolution," along with the authors of other recent urban agriculture books.
Toronto's City Hall is a striking landmark, designed in the 1960s by award winning Finnish architect Viljo Revell. The design is divided into three main parts: the podium, the convex circular council chamber and two office towers of differing heights. The entire City Hall complex has a sculptural quality that makes it the ideal symbol of a growing city.
Take a tour of the Toronto City Hall Green Roof, with Steven Peck, Founder and President of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and Terry McGlade, Consultant at Flynn Canada. Approximately 3,250 m2 (35,000 square feet) of concrete on the podium roof has been transformed into living vegetation to reduce the building’s environmental impact and for residents and visitors to enjoy all year around. This is the city’s largest publicly accessible green roof! Open to the public.
Location: Toronto City Hall Rotunda, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON
August 17 (6:30pm- 9:00pm) - Summit Closing Reception and BBQ, hosted by The Stop Community Food Centre
Eat, drink, celebrate, listen, tour, share! Wrapping up several days of exciting programming, delegates will come together to enjoy a fabulously Canadian BBQ showcasing selected seasonal and local ingredients including burgers, corn, salads and a selection of micro-brewed beer. Take a tour of the Global Roots garden, The Stop greenhouse and other unique aspects of the historic Wychwood Barns venue. Savour a slice of cake - adorned with local fruit - baked by celebrity chef and local food champion Jamie Kennedy. Enjoy the music of local buskers too!
Sponsored by Whole Foods, and presented by The Stop Community Food Centre.
Featuring Steam Whistle, Black Oak and Flying Monkey beer
Location: The Stop Community Food Centre at Artscape Wychwood Barns - 76 Wychwood Avenue, Toronto, ON