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$29 for 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 house, apartment, and condo dwellers alike. After sessions, each participant receives an organic seed-starting kit and booklet to generate their own personal farms. Workshops take place at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 27, Sunday, June 10, Sunday, June 24, and Sunday, July 8. Workshops on Saturday, June 2, and Sunday, June 3, will be held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. only, and will have a special focus on container gardening.
Fresh City aims to reconnect consumers with their surrounding soil. The team, formed of activists with such qualifications as a degree in environmental science and certificate in food security, focuses efforts on reforming the food system by supporting local farmers and microfarmers, holding education workshops, and managing a community supported agriculture (CSA) program. Driven by their dissatisfaction with industrial food systems and their harmful effects on the planet, they use only organic and sustainable agriculture techniques at their farms and gardens.
Though Fresh City's home base is in Downsview Park, the organization also matches ambitious entrepreneurs, or Member Farmers, with pieces 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.
Nonfarmers can also take part in the sustainable food movement by opting for Fresh City's 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. Workshop participants receive 50% off their first regular box.
The age-old art of growing your own delicious, garden fresh food is making a comeback with classes such as Mighty Micro Greens and Sprouts. Fun with Fermented Foods teaches students how to preserve the food they've grown, as does Canning Basics.
The Fresh City workshop team is made up of dedicated 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.