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I will never have to worry about food again. I am in LOVE with a bag.

Fabi, Toronto

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our farms

My mom is a tough sell and 'this is the best spinach/blueberries/ apples I've ever had in my life' was said.

Paula, Toronto

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  • The Farm Lot

  • The Farm Lot 

    The Farm Lot is a 500 square foot vegetable and herb garden located at 369 King St. West. We partnered with TAS and The Detox Market to create this unique green space on what would have otherwise been unused land. The Farm Lot helps illustrate that many potential locations for city farming exist across Toronto. 

  • Aquaponics

    Our aquaponics system takes up about 2,000 square feet, Ontario's largest. Aquaponics is a way of growing food that combines aquaculture (raising fish) with hydroponics (growing plants in water) in a symbiotic relationship.  We began cycling our system in mid-2014 so we can use our greenhouse space more intensively to provide more year-round greens.

  • Aquaponics

  • Member Farmers

    Member Farmers
  • The member farmer program at Fresh City was established to connect urban farmers to land, facilities, and a supportive learning community. Today the program supports over 20 farmers as they pursue self-sufficiency and farming business dreams. Our farmers grow vegetables, herbs, and flowers for themselves to sell.

    Click here to learn more and meet our 2015 Member Farmers. 

Our People

I love the quality and diversity of the produce.

Stella, Toronto

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Ran Goel
Founder

Ran is the founder of Fresh City.  He believes city farming can change the world by re-introducing all of us to how real food is made. Some of his formative childhood experiences include his grandmother’s stories about growing up on a Kibbutz, feeling democracy awaken in his childhood home of South Africa and his mom’s stuffed peppers. Ran has spoken on food issues before hundreds of audiences. Before founding Fresh City, Ran practiced investment law in New York City for several years. Ran is a board member of FoodShare.

Ran is the adoring father of a baby girl who, so far at least, loves her veggies.

Abra Snider
General Manager

Abra curates each week's bag and works with our network of farmers and makers to source the best produce and products. Abra has extensive experience within city farming, having worked on such projects as Carrot City: Designing for Urban Agriculture, and the Metcalf Food Solutions paper “Scaling Up Urban Agriculture in Toronto: Building the Infrastructure.” She holds a Certificate in Food Security from Ryerson University, with a focus on urban agriculture, and a B.A. from the University of Toronto in architectural design and fine art history. Abra is a Producer Board Member of the West End Food Coop, where she represents Fresh City farmers and contributes to procurement and HR policies. Her personal mission is to reconnect people to food, field, and farmers.

Hannah Hunter
Farm Manager

Growing up in rural Nova Scotia, Hannah spent most of her childhood in rubber boots. After finishing her undergrad in International Development Studies, her focus turned to agriculture and since then, she has worked on farms in Italy, Croatia, New Brunswick and British Columbia. Her desire to take a break from rural life and to farm within the energy and community of an urban setting brought her to Fresh City. She is excited to be growing food for so many Toronto tables and to share her excitement with everyone who comes to the farm! 

Kim Keitner
Marketing Manager

Kim is Fresh City’s marketing manager. Over several summers spent up in Temagami, Ontario she developed a deep connection with nature and has always had a great love for good food! Before joining Fresh City, Kim studied Journalism in Halifax and worked in the fast-paced world of PR/Social Media in Toronto. She jumped at the chance to merge her passions for Communications, the outdoors and food while helping Fresh City grow and thrive. On any given day you can find Kim up at the packing station, visiting Fresh City member farmers and friends, cooking up a delicious local, organic meal or riding her bike, looking for adventure.

Danielle Cinanni
Warehouse Manager

Danielle joins Fresh City with a variety of experience working for the local food movement. In Campo Ramón, deep within the Argentinean jungle, they call her the “cookie monster.” But at Fresh City, as the warehouse manager, Danielle is responsible for the daily operations of the packing station ensuring that our members’ produce arrives to their homes fresh and delicious.  Her passions lie in all things food – food sovereignty, social justice and anything her zias can teach her in the kitchen. As a farmer, she split her time between working the land and bringing food to market where she was a favourite with customers. It’s here that she learned that re-organizing the food chain means building strong bonds between people and what they eat. Danielle holds a PGC in International Development and a BA in International Studies. She also wants to know: “What did you have for lunch today?”

Chen Goel
Member Support & Operations Manager

Chen is our Member Support specialist and coordinates delivery operations. He makes sure your order arrives on time. It's his voice you’ll hear answering the Fresh City phone.  Chen holds a Bachelor of Arts from the International Disciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel and has also studied at York University.  He really likes carrots. 

Kerri Mozessohn
Assistant Warehouse Manager

Kerri supports the daily operations of the packing station both in the warehouse and on the road, ensuring the quality of the produce from the receiving end to front door delivery, one bag at a time.  Kerri began her work with Fresh City as a volunteer at the packing station and immediately felt at home. Her interest in food began as an active youth soccer player where she worked with the team nutritionist to develop a diet that would sustain and support her intense training. Growing up in the urban sprawl of Toronto, she jumped at the opportunity to live in small town New Brunswick where she thrived in nature, played soccer, and studied English Literature. Backpacking from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland, Kerri gained an appreciation for supporting local markets and realized how much Canadian soil has to offer. Her love of the outdoors led her to enrich the lives of others by bringing them closer to nature through camping trips and backpacking extravaganzas. 

Paula Reynolds
Assistant Farm Manager

Paula grew up in the suburbs of Toronto and though she had little exposure to farming she always had an affinity for nature and a strong interest in science. Her love for the natural world lead her to the completion of both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Biology where her studies focused on ecology and entomology. After learning about the shortcomings of modern, industrial agriculture she felt a strong need to become involved in environmentally responsible food production. Her favourite part of being Fresh City’s Assistant Farm Manager is getting to work with urban farmers and volunteers who share her passion for organic agriculture… that, and the cool bugs she sees on the farm every day.        

Jessica Gale
Member Farmer Coordinator

Jessica grew up in the upstate New York countryside. After finishing her Bachelors in Environmental Studies and English Literature, in addition to her Masters of Landscape Architecture, she moved to Toronto. In the past, she worked at Shamrock Hill Farms, Berkshire Botanical Gardens, and various university greenhouses. Her love of all things green and growing brought her to volunteer at Fresh City. This growing season she is taking the plunge and has started Sweet Gale Gardens: a small landscape design company focusing on native plant gardens and a small fresh cut flower farm at Fresh City’s Downsview location. When Jessica is not at the farm, she can be found teaching yoga, hiking, cooking or traveling.

Mélisanne
Assistant Farm Manager & Instructor

Mélisanne has a Masters degree in Environmental Studies from York University. She specializes in environmental education and urban gardening. She is now putting her research into action through U FEED, a collaborative learning program for newcomers to urban farming. Mélisanne’s involvement in urban agriculture started during her studies in biology in Montreal. She volunteered with The Rooftop Garden project and learnt how to grow organic food in gardening containers. She moved to Toronto to take part in the city’s vibrant urban agriculture movement.

She works at Fresh City as a Senior Member Farmer, Assistant Farm Manager, and as an Instructor for workshops. Gardening and farming are for Mélisanne a social endeavour. She believes in creative, community-driven solutions for improving the environment and living green.

Karin Koo
Packing Staff

Having always worked for major companies, I joined the Fresh City team in need of a (good) change. I worked as a sales manager for 7 years, working long hours, not taking care of myself. I closed that chapter of my life and entered the fitness industry. I learned that eating well plays a key role in an overall healthy mind-body-spirit. I discovered that my true passion lies with great food... and so I found Fresh City! I like the idea, concept and values of Fresh City and the closeness of the team. I believe food is our medicine and our fuel. Treat it well.

Sophie Foofat
Packing Staff

Sophie.

Larry Armstrong
Driver

Larry

Scott Loubser
Driver

A long-time foodie and believer in the power of food as a healing path, Scott has been sprouting since the 80's. He worked for Supersprouts for several years, growing all things green such as wheatgrass, sunflower greens, etc. The setting there was of an urban sprout farm, in downtown Toronto, where the live food lifestyle was promoted, and teachers came from all over the continent to speak. After that, wanting some independence and a creative outlet, Scott made and sold live vegan food to local health-food stores for a number of years. When it was time for a change, he meandered a course to Fresh City, where passionate foodies and urban farmers thrive!

Joel Fridman
Financial Coordinator

Joel Fridman is Fresh City's financial coordinator. 

Michelle Mastinsek
Intern & Driver

Michelle.

Seanna Cohen
Fresh City Member

Seanna Cohen is a holistic beauty advocate trained in skin care therapies and the founder of Elodie Beauty. She is also a Fresh City member and loves her weekly deliveries of fresh fruits and veggies!

  • Seanna Cohen
    Seanna Cohen
    Fresh City Member

Our Makers

Fresh, delicious, and
ethical produce
delivered on time,
every time

David, Toronto

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O'Dough's

Here at O'Doughs, we're baking to make a difference.

O'Doughs' family of healthful, high quality, soft, gluten-free products began because we know that the health and wellbeing of your family is as important to you as ours is to us. We also know that although everyone loves baked goods, not all baked goods are good for us.

Thus, our family has created our gluten-free line to bring your family an alternative - savory breads, buns, pizza crusts, and our delicious sweet cakes – all offering great taste, soft and wonderful texture, and wholesome, nutritious ingredients, from the heart.

So whether you simply want a great-tasting, healthier baked good, or you're intolerant of gluten, O'Doughs' family of products offer yummy buns, breads and cakes that your whole family will enjoy.

At O'Doughs, we're happy to bring you great tasting baked goods that you can feel good about eating and sharing with your loved ones.

Now, let's eat.

Pristine Gourmet

Five years ago, 4th generation Canadian farmer Jason Persall had a vision of supplying the food industry with quality, local artisan foods. Today his brand Pristine Gourmet carries products like cold pressed extra virgin oils, handcrafted infused wine vinegars, soya sauce and cooking wines, all of which are 100% pure Canadian from field to table.

Best Baa Dairy

Best Baa Dairy aims to craft high quality sheep milk cheeses, yogurt and ice cream products at a fair price.
They use minimal ingredients allowing natural flavours and textures to unfold and delight the pallattes of discerning consumers, while utilizing sustainable farming and high animal welfare practices.

Nature's Path

Nature's Path is a privately owned, family-run, certified organic maker of breakfast foods. Nature's Path was born in 1985 in British Columbia to owners and founders Arran Stephens and Ratana Stephens - their son, Arjan, and daughters, Jyoti and Gurdeep, all currently work at Nature's Path. They have been voted amongst Canada’s Best 50 Employers in Canada in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012.

In 2008, Nature's Path purchased 2,240 acres of organic farmland in Saskatchewan, which is crop shared amongst family farmers. They also serve as a processor for many independent organic family farmers - representing approximately 100,000 organic acres in all. They have also been staunch opponents of GMO proliferation since 2001, and Arran was an early supporter and board member of the Non-GMO Project. In fact, all Nature’s Path products are tested to bear the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal and the company sponsored the Right2Know GMO March in 2011, and was active in supporting the failed Proposition 37, previously the California Right to Know ballot initiative, for mandatory GMO labeling in California by contributing $600,000, plus time and support.

All Nature’s Path products are certified organic, vegetarian (many are vegan), and a large number are gluten-free.

Tradition Miso

Tradition Miso's mission is to bring the ancient craft of producing fine Miso to Canada and North America. The best miso, like fine wine or a great violin, requires the purest, high quality ingredients, combined and prepared in a time-honoured recipe, and patiently matured to perfection. Tradition Miso Inc. is one of only a handful of companies in North America with the patience and dedication to make only the best, pure miso. Their miso is unpasteurized and certified organic, contains no sugar, preservatives or filler. Unlike the commercial product, Tradition Miso is made the old way, aged up to three and four full years.

Black Creek Community Farm

Black Creek Community Farm is Toronto’s first full-scale organic vegetable farm and it’s right here in the Jane-Finch neighbourhood.  One of the primary goals of the farm is to grow food for the people who live and work in Jane-Finch.

Sol Cuisine

As a leader in the Canadian vegetarian food market, Sol Cuisine has been meeting the evolving needs of their customers for almost 30 years. In their Mississauga, Ontario HACCP certified facility, they manufacture a comprehensive product line that has stood the test of time. With a focus on organics and sustainable agriculture, Sol Cuisine works directly with local farms to source many of their raw materials. All of their tofu products are made with Ontario grown Certified Organic soybeans.

Cubit's Seeds Co.

Cubit's Seed Co. sells high quality, naturally grown, open pollinated, rare and heirloom seeds for home vegetable gardens. They believe that everyone can grow their own delicious organic produce and love helping families grow their own good. The Cubit's family splits their time between urban gardens in the busy city of Toronto and their small seed farm in picturesque Prince Edward County.

Learn how to grow and make quality food

We offer a bounty of workshops, farm tours and events year-round.

Whether you want to join us at an event or sprout a green thumb; we have an array of learning opportunities for the general...

We offer a bounty of workshops, farm tours and events year-round.

Whether you want to join us at an event or sprout a green thumb; we have an array of learning opportunities for the general public, schools, companies, and other organizations. From farm tours, to organic balcony gardening, to canning 101, we've got so much 'growing on'. Get in touch if we don't offer something you're interested in!

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