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$29 for an Organic City-Farming Workshop ($64.99 Value)
At organic city-farming workshops, students learn the basics of soil and seed selection as well as strategies for planting and preparing for the growing season. Held at Fresh City's greenhouse at Downsview Park, the workshops cater to the capacities of city dwellers. After sessions, each participant receives an organic seed-starting kit and booklet. Workshops take place at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the following Sundays: January 20, February 3, February 17, March 3, March 17, March 31, April 14, April 28, May 12, May 26, June 9, and June 23.
Fresh City Farms
The Fresh City Farms canning and workshop team is composed of a multilingual group of microbiologists, nutritionists, teachers, foodies, and sustainable farmers. They are passionate about growing and eating local, sustainably-produced food and helping their community improve access to healthy, top-quality food year-round. Using only organic and sustainable agriculture techniques at their farms and gardens, Fresh City's team of food security activists strives to challenge the status quo by supporting local farmers and microfarmers, holding education workshops, and managing a community supported agriculture (CSA) program.
Though Fresh City Farms' home base is in Downsview Park, the organization also matches ambitious entrepreneurs, or Member Farmers, with parcels of land where they can cultivate whatever they wish. The team trains Member Farmers in organic farming technologies and lends them access to resources ranging from soil-testing services to rototillers and gets them on their way to their running their own local food business.
Nonfarmers can also take part in the sustainable food movement by opting for Fresh City Farms' no-commitment and customizable CSA membership, which nets a weekly delivery of seasonal produce that's largely sourced from Fresh City's own plots or Southern Ontario farms. The box contains 80 per cent local produce on average and eschews food from far away out of respect for tomatoes' fear of airports.