This Week on the Farm: Be a Locavore!
via Nikki Fotheringham
)—Toronto Green Blogger on Renewable Energy and Green Building Technologies.
The urban farming movement is gaining traction as more people turn to a lacavore style of eating. Locavore's source their food from Ontario, true locavores restrain themselves to food within a 100 mile radius of their homes.
Locavore eating has several benefits; seasonal organic foods are more nutritious for the consumer, producing food locally reduces its carbon footprint and stimulates the local economy. Locavore eating is not a new concept and celebrities, like the Jolie-Pitt family, advocate local eating. In Ontario we are blessed with a healthy farming culture that can provide most of our sustenance. People who have the time and space have turned to urban farming, producing their own fruit and veggies. If you have the time, but not the space, then High Part Allotment gardens may be a great option for you. High Park makes available to the public for farming 600 sq. ft. gardens in the heart of the park. Here a merry band of horticulturists, weekend diggers and semi-professional gardeners share advice, help each other out and generally band together to create a very successful organic farm.
"There are as many gardening styles here as gardeners. Many have been actively tilling and tending a plot in this allotment garden for more than 25 years. None are more generous about sharing their experience and knowledge or even a cutting or two, than our senior gardeners, while our newer members bring a fresh enthusiasm and commitment to the pleasures of planting, nurturing, and finally harvesting our own fresh, healthy, organic produce each season," said a spokesperson from the gardens.
Soil is nurtured with a little help from the High Park zoo animals and the gardens produce a wildly diverse range of fruits and veggies. Anyone can rent an allotment garden, depending on availability. Assignment of plots is managed through the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation. Rental is $75 per season from May 1st - October 31st. For more information call 416-392-8188.
Locavore restaurants are springing up all over the city. Fabernak at 519 community center, Church Street is one of the finest with funds from the restaurant reinvested in the community center. There is also Globe/Earth on Rosedale and Bloor West, Fanny Chadwick's on Dupont and Howland and the Gilead Cafe in Corktown. Eat local; it's good for you, good for the environment and for job creation and the economy in Ontario. Love what you eat!