Organic farmers WANTED in Toronto!

May 25, 2008 at 4:03 pm 3 comments

“Might I also add the word ‘local‘?”

My friend Molly Kehoe pointed out this recent article “Wanted: Organic farmers to fill Toronto’s markets” in the Globe and Mail.  As we’ve probably already known, there just aren’t enough farmers to meet the needs of the farmers markets (of which there will be 17 very soon).  The demand for local and organic is huge either way and the need to cultivate locally is growing.  At the same time we need good soil and growing conditions (literally and figuratively).  

The need for organizations, businesses or hybrids like FoodCycles (http://foodcycles.org) just keeps rising everyday.  

The idea of energy security is also important to note.  Rising fuel costs are making it more difficult even within our immediate region to get local food into Toronto (as well as the sheer lack of farmers).  This could have implications for the amount of food waste coming from sources like the Toronto Food Terminal which affects the potential for large scale composting and amending soil.  It highlights the need to access the local waste stream.  After all, delicious nutritious food can only come from healthy, living soil.  

Note:  If the original article isn’t available I have a downloaded web archive.  

And great thanks to my friend Molly Kehoe for this article!

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  • 1. shadowphenyx  |  May 25, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Of course when I spoke to someone from the TRCA (Toronto Regional Conservation Authority) they indicated they were working on a plan to turn food waste into biodiesel.

    A good thing? Perhaps. Yet it conflicts with the need to produce food and keep people healthy. It has some parallels with this global biofuel issue.

    Hmm… Things to think about.

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  • 2. shadowphenyx  |  May 29, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    Of course a fellow I met named David Roper stated that farmers also don’t have enough time to capitalize on all of these market opportunities. After all, no one can be everywhere at once.

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  • 3. foodcyclesto  |  June 1, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    here’s a good idea from Berkeley CA

    Hello East Bay Progressives,

    Rising food and gas prices are telling us that

    WE NEED TO GROW FOOD AND COMMUNITY
    HERE WHERE WE LIVE

    We can do it in our own neighborhoods, if we share our skills, our land, and our labor. If you are interested you can come to our

    NEIGHBORHOOD VEGETABLES organizing meeting
    TUESDAY, June 3, 7 PM
    Fellowship Hall School Building, 2nd floor
    Bonita near Cedar, thru the garden gate

    or you can write or phone to tell us where you live (city and cross streets are sufficient) so we can introduce you to like minded neighbors. Over 200 have signed up so far. Since we plan to connect people with land with people who want to work, it is not necessary to have land yourself in order to join in. Tell us, however, if you do. Tell us also your level of gardening skill (some, moderate or skilled), and whether you would like to work on a Co-ordinating Council. (For neighborhood organizing a phone number is also useful.)

    TOGETHER WE CAN
    GROW FOOD AND COMMUNITY

    Yours for a peaceful and sustainable world

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