EcoUrbia Network

a sustainability network

 
 
 

about urban farms

The current demand for local organic food is much greater than supply: urban farms (sometimes referred to as community farms or urban gardens) can help to meet this growing demand, including the development of programs related to organic farming, food sovereignty, health, wellness and resiliency. By providing the framework for local food to emerge in, such as schools and community centers, we can teach our children and youth about food systems and farming, and help them to better relate to and respect the environment, while inspiring them to eat healthy, fresh food.

AImagine a day…when an urban farm is part of our present day lifestyle instead of relegated to the past or a faraway place…where urban communities & residential neighbourhoods include farms & marketplaces where we can buy locally-grown vegetables picked that day, to enjoy with our dinner that evening. This is the vision EcoUrbia is working to create in our community...one of hope & vitality!

projects in development

EcoUrbia is working to create & operate urban farms and urban gardens on abandoned or otherwise underutilized tracts of public land. Our goal is to increase access to local, organically-grown food, provide for plant biodiversity and support education & awareness of how our food is grown and why it matters.

We have initiated several projects on the north shore, and are working to increase local capacity:

As a not-for-profit, EcoUrbia will operate the urban farms & urban gardens on a cost-recovery basis. Our intention is to pay growers fair living wages, supported by a strong volunteer base with opportunities for multigenerational mentoring & leadership. Revenues will be generated from:

  • sale of vegetables, fruit, herbs, cut flowers through farm-to-market sales & local farmer's markets
  • presale through community supported agriculture (CSA) & restaurant supported agriculture (RSA)
  • co-op memberships
  • microenterprises (seed & compost sales, fundraising events, learning & apprenticeship programs, etc.)

Our educational objectives include public outreach programs with a holistic approach that considers organic & low-input gardening. 


 

urban farms

"The ultimate resource is people – skilled, spirited, and hopeful people who will exert their wills and imaginations for their own benefit, and so, inevitably, for the benefit of us all." (Julian Simon, economist)

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