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U of T House Pan Am Event at Hart House

July 12, 2015

Come visit us at Hart House tomorrow between 12 and 3pm- we’ll have a table with free produce samples and seed packets at the U of T House event for Pan Am!!

Food Policy Councils: Everyone Deserves an Equal Chance to be Heard

July 12, 2015

Hello everyone,

I would like to share an interesting journal article with you that I found concerning Food Policy Councils (FPCs). If you are interested in issues concerning food policy, I hope you will be able to find some time to read the article too! The author, Danielle M. Purifoy, does a decent job expanding on some problems that current FPCs should tackle. Her article, “Food Policy Councils: integrating food justice and environmental justice,” is admirable in the way Purifoy vividly demonstrates that social justice is interconnected with the food goals FPCs work to achieve. Her proposition rests on the idea that in order for FPCs to operate sufficiently, they must permit an extension of their food concerns to also include matters of environmental justice and food justice. Essentially, environmental justice, equity in how environmental benefits are distributed and environmental burdens are prevented for all communities, and food justice, equitable access and distribution of healthy and culturally appropriate food to all communities, should always be kept in mind when handling and discussing matters that are central to food policy. FPCs have the potential to do really well but only if the council members are willing to listen to and incorporate the concerns of minority groups and members of low-income communities in the decision-making process. Unfortunately, it is the minority groups and members of low-income communities that are often the most vulnerable to environmental and political mistreatment. To eliminate such vulnerability, it is crucial that all members within a FPC accept and appreciate the representation of a multitude of voices that come from different walks of life. The message we can take with us here is that the most successful FPCs will work to integrate all members of a community and ensure individuals from all walks of life are secured the right for equal representation.

Thanks for reading, everyone! 🙂 Below I will attach the citation for the article in case anyone is interested in reading it:

Purifoy, Danielle M. “Food policy councils: integrating food justice and environmental justice.” Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum Spring 2014: 375+. Academic OneFile. Web. 12 July 2015.

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Dig In! featured on the Life @ U of T Blog

July 7, 2015

Check out the blogpost featuring Campus Agriculture on the Life @ U of T Blog!!


First Summer Harvest!!

June 29, 2015

We’ve begun harvesting garlic, garlic scapes, kale, and lettuce from the Hart House and UTSU gardens!! We are in the process of drying out the garlic in our office before braiding and donating it. In the meantime, check out our past post on how to prepare garlic scapes here-

And and this site for things to do with garlic scapes while waiting for the garlic bulbs to dry and mature-

If you didn’t get any from our gardens, try looking at a local farmers market or produce shop this month while they’re still growing.

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Midsummer’s Eve at Hart House Farm: Thank you for a Wonderful Summer Celebration!

June 29, 2015

Hope that everyone who made it out to Hart House Farm for Midsummer’s Eve enjoyed a pleasant weekend celebrating the summer solstice. What a beautiful weekend it was! Thank you, Farm Committee, for inviting us to a weekend full of wonderful memories: the delicious farm meals prepared specially for us, the campfire warmth (and thoughtful tunes) around good company, and the dancing fireflies amiably greeting us at moonlight will long be in our thoughts. Until next year, friends!

“Are you sure/That we are awake? It seems to me/That yet we sleep, we dream”–William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Upcoming Garden Workdays

June 7, 2015

Get your dose of sun and soil this week and help with some spring gardening!

We’ll be harvesting garlic scapes, kales, clearing some of the plots and collecting herbs for the afternoon. 

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Mushroom workshop today!

March 3, 2015

Mushroom Growing Workshop 2015Mushrooms are a great addition to any meal, but did you know that you could grow your own? If you want to learn, we’ve got you covered! Dig In! is hosting a workshop series in partnership with Toronto Urban Growers to teach everyone how to grow their own mushrooms. This event is designed for all novice mushroom growers, and will cover topics such as making your own prints, syringes, and substrates as well as how to inoculate and harvest!
Participants MUST attend both workshops for this event. The cost of the workshops is Pay What You Can, with a suggested donation of $15.

Sign up here!