FoodCycles Signs Lease at Downsview Park!

May 3, 2009 at 9:54 pm Leave a comment

Dearest FoodCyclists,

It’s official! FoodCycles has penned a 3-year lease for one 2,800 square foot greenhouse at Parc Downsview Park!!! A lease for one acre of field space is in the works and should be finalized within the next week or two. The greenhouse is located at the corner of Keele and Sheppard, a short bus ride from Downsview Station, and just outside of the Toronto Region Conservation Authority’s offices at 70 Canuck Avenue.

The first thing we moved in to the greenhouse was our worm population, without a doubt the heart of our operations. I started growing my red wigglers about two years ago, with a seed population the volume of about one large yoghurt container. The worms were kindly handed to me by Dushan Jojkic, who at the time worked at the very TRCA building our flagship greenhouse is located a stone’s throw near to. Yes, things have definitely come full circle. I’ve nurtured the small and motley crew of TRCA worms over the last couple of years in my basement, backyard, and garage and helped them become the impressive cadre of food digesters that you will find working hard in the greenhouse at your next visit. Over the past couple of years, my wife, Shelli, has put up with the growing numbers of bins full of the worms taking up more and more of our basement space. So, while I’m sad to see them go, I’m glad to be freeing up the space. One thing I was surprised by was that, despite the millions of worms eating and copulating away in our home, we had no odour issues or fly problems. My experience with the worms is testament to the apartment-friendly quality of vermicomposting as an option for those who don’t have the space to compost outdoors but would like to reclaim part of the nutrients leaving their kitchen for use as soil.

The growth of the worm population mirrors FoodCycles’ organizational growth. We have been nurtured by Toronto’s community of urban growers over the past couple of years, with so much eagerness and a sense that Toronto urgently needs to recycle its organic waste better than it is currently doing. All of us are excited to see FoodCycles grow over the coming years, and are pumped to carry out our organizational mandate of facilitating Toronto’s capacity for urban agriculture and inspiring others to grow. We are honoured to be joining the cast of characters that have made Toronto one of the most exciting and progressive cities to be in when it comes to urban agriculture.

Of course, in addition to supporting urban agriculture in Toronto through workshops, training sessions, school visits, internships, volunteer openings, and other forums for sharing urban agricultural and composting skills, we’ll also be growing our very own compost, vermicompost (high-nutrient organic fertilizer and soil-life-enhancer), salad greens, sprouts, herbs, and mixed veggies, in order to generate the funds necessary to sustain our work. Please support us whenever you can.

Looking to the nearer future, get your shovels ready as we’ll be announcing some work days very soon!!! We’ll be building our worm bins, growing benches, an innovative vertical GrowTube system to maximize the growing potential of tight urban spaces, planting seeds, cultivating fields, weeding, harvesting, and doing everything else that’s involved in running an urban farm. So please stay tuned.

Until then, enjoy the weather and be well.

David and rest of the FoodCycles team

P.S. – Sorry, we have no pictures to post today, but you should have some visuals of our worms, the greenhouse, and the field space very shortly.

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