Photo credit: Kailee Mandel


Thousands of people visit our farm in Downsview Park every season.

People come out for events or workshops, to take pictures or do interviews, to conduct research for academic studies or for their own urban farming projects.They're all great but I think that my very favourite category of visitor is the intense home gardener. These are usually people who live in the neighbourhoods surrounding the park and who have many more years of gardening experience than I do. Lots of them grew up on farms in other countries or grew up with kitchen gardens that produced a significant amount of food for their families. I'll admit, it can be a distraction but it really warms my heart. It's comforting to know that there are countless excellent gardeners in our neighbourhood, keeping an eye on what we're up to and encountering a little slice of farm-life in the city.