The real reason Toronto’s King St pilot is so important

“We can’t solve problems by using the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein, supposedly.” Toronto faces great challenges, as do other cities that were built for buggies and cars, rather than to adapt for people and their technological changes over time. Urban areas are crowding, facing huge infrastructure debts and worsening…

Why NYC’s Green Socialist has lessons for Toronto (video)

Hundreds of residents were celebrating last night in Brooklyn’s 35th District as Jabari Brisport as Green candidate Jabari Brisport gained 8,600 votes. Brisport is a young black man who grew up in the community he ran in, creating a huge local response about key issues they’re facing: gentrification, climate change, need for electoral reform, poverty….

Check out the new Heritage Minute on Kensington Market

Kensington Market has a special place in Canada’s history, but also a special place in our food history. The Market is a unique place where the otherwise British ideas and ideals of Toronto and its views on food and culture didn’t reign. New Canadians created a food oasis in the middle of a City that…

World Food Plan announced + 1 million $$

Following the development of a Food Security Strategy, the Province today launched Local Food Week with a new plan and consultation on “World Food”. Following the energy of farmers, researchers, community garden organizers and chefs, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has taken clear interest in the development of local growing of…

New GTA org offers budding urban farmers huge plots this Spring

Want to grow your own vegetables using organic methods, but don’t know where to begin?
Green Peas Organic, a new organization has just been formed to manage an important project now in its 5th season, at McVean Farm on TRCA’s Claireville Conservation Area in Brampton.

Food security social enterprises:

MaRS has partnered with funding from the Provincial Government to offer an accelerator program supporting in-progress social enterprises focusing on food security. Do you think social enterprises can improve food security? Should the government take this approach while allowing incomes lag and poverty to rise? Can a business model be provided that can profit while providing…

Food Secure Research

I was really impressed and lucky to meet and strategize with Deepan and Melanie this week. They have recognized critical needs of an important group of mostly young people who often live below the povety line: researchers. Melanie reflected on how some of the cutting edge work done in Canada is done by those who make a…

KitchenFind Gets Cookin

KitchenFind Canada is back online! Please message me from the Contact page to get your rentable commercial kitchen listed or updated on the map! More listings coming soon. This is another resource for new and growing entrepreneurs to find an accessible inspected kitchen for in your area. The more who rent their kitchens, the more accessible they’ll…

Time to grow

It’s confirmed. Arugula is happy with snow. Lots of my seeds have sprouted. The arugula on my balcony has germinated, and held through last night’s freeze and snow. It’s a bit of a microclimate too over here which may have helped. It’s a great time to experiment. If you start some greens outside and they…