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  • Fiesta Farms (200 Christie St., north of Bloor) (sells Local Food Plus-certified food)

  • Greenbeltfresh.ca Greenbelt Farmers’ Online Market greenbeltfresh.ca (a directory to find local food)

  • Karma Food Co-operative (739 Palmerston Avenue, near Bloor and Bathurst) (focuses on organic and local foods and eco-friendly household products) karmacoop.org

  • Local Food Plus localfoodplus.ca (website offers a list of restaurants that serve, and stores that sell, local sustainable food)

  • Toronto Farmers’ Market Network tfmn.ca (a list of farmers’ markets in Toronto)

  • Wychwood Barns Farmers’ Market (8 a.m. – noon on Saturdays year-round; moves outdoors May 15)

Grow your own

  • Bufco (The Backyard Urban Farm Company) bufco.ca (installs, plants and maintains raised organic vegetable beds)

  • Garden Jane gardenjane.com (offers organic gardening and permaculture workshops and projects)

  • Green Gardeners Ecological and Organic Landscaping Toronto greengardeners.ca (offers gardening services including edible gardens)

  • Sharing Backyards Toronto sharingbackyardstoronto.ca (links up gardeners who are looking for a place to garden with homeowners with space in their yards)

  • The Greener Side farminthecity.com/ (designs, installs and services edible gardens)

  • The Locavores Garden the-locavores-garden.com/ (offers workshops on “how to grow a maximum yield garden on a budget”)

  • Volunteer at a community garden

  • Ben Nobleman Community Orchard communityorchard.wordpress.com Children's Garden, Cedarvale Park Claire Rodgers crodger@sympatico.ca

  • Foodshare foodshare.net (runs community gardens, community kitchens, the good food box and student nutrition programs)

  • Garrison Creek Park Garden garrisoncreekpark.wordpress.com

  • Toronto Community Garden Network tcgn.ca

Join a local group

  • Growing for Green http://growingforgreen.wordpress.com/ (“a gardening group based in Toronto’s Ward 21 that offers educational workshops, garden tours, volunteer gardening opportunities and social networking to local gardeners”; it “founded Toronto’s first community orchard at Ben Nobleman Park near Eglinton West subway station”)

  • Not Far From the Tree www.notfarfromthetree.org (a residential fruit-picking program)

  • The Stop Community Food Centre

  • Yes in My Backyard - Yard Sharing Program Contact Liz Curran at, 416-651-7867 ext. 27 or liz@thestop.org (also offers gardening workshops and runs community gardens)

  • Young Urban Farmers www.youngurbanfarmers.com (plants edible gardens; has also initiated a CSA that grows food in homeowners’ backyards)

  • Join a CSA Farm (Community Supported Agriculture)

  • Ontario CSA Directory http://csafarms.ca/index.html (a directory of CSAs - Community Supported Agriculture farms)

Advocate on food issues

  • Toronto Environmenal Alliance http://torontoenvironment.org (has campaigned for the City of Toronto to purchase local food)

  • Toronto Food Policy Council http://www.toronto.ca/health/tfpc_index.htm “Develops policies and programs promoting food security. Our aim is a food system that fosters equitable food access, nutrition, community development and environmental health.”

  • Food Connections http://wx.toronto.ca/inter/health/food.nsf The Toronto Food Strategy project is an “initiative to show how cities can help build a healthy and sustainable food system for the 21st century.”

This fact sheet has been prepared by Green Neighbours 21 for its meeting on May 10, 2010 “Join the Local Food Revolution”.

Green Neighbours 21 does not endorse any of the private companies listed on this fact sheet.