Dig In! is comprised of autonomous growing projects rooted in particular colleges, student unions, academic departments, and campus organizations. We also work collaboratively with Hart House and the UofT administration to maintain a series of demonstration gardens across St. George campus.
Operating as a decentralized collective amplifies opportunities for student engagement, learning, and leadership. Each project is happily guided by the unique needs and interests of its members.
At the same time, we know that communicating and collaborating with like-minded campus groups facilitates knowledge transfer, resource-sharing, and community-building. By working together, we become much more than the sum of our plants.
Campus produce is consumed by volunteers, incorporated into Hart House menus, served up by the Hot Yam! food collective and Harvest Noon, munched on by passersby, and donated to the UofT Food Bank. Our focus on heirloom and native plant varieties will help cultivate a biodiverse learning and living environment for the entire UofT community.
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The Dig In! collective maintains a series of gardens plots around campus – perhaps you’ve seen them around Sidney Smith, Willcocks Common, Hart House, or the Medical Sciences building? We’re using these spaces to raise awareness about urban agriculture, local food, and sustainable design issues on campus – they produce tons of delicious vegetables too! We have to thank Hart House and the UofT administration for donating these spaces and supporting our initiative.
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The Food for All Equity Garden is run by the University of Toronto Students’ Union (U.T.S.U.) Sustainability Commission in partnership with Dig In! and aims to produce fresh, seasonal, organic produce for the UofT Food and Clothing Bank.
The Hart House Farm Committee is a group of students, staff, faculty and alumni that oversee the use and development of Hart House Farm, a 150-acre rural property located on the Niagara Escarpment. In partnership with Dig In!, the Committee also maintains two garden plots at Hart House itself, along the western side of Queens Park Crescent.
To get involved or to join the Farm Committee listserv, shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although Hart House Farm is primarily used as an excellent events/meeting venue, the Farm Committee also uses the space to engage students around local food and sustainable agriculture. Garden plots, berry canes, and fruit trees already exist on the property, providing a unique rural-urban experience for interested members of the UofT community.
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At the south-east corner of Wilson Hall and the north-west corner of Willcocks & Huron street, this brand new community garden is maintained by Ecology and Spirituality at UofT group. All are welcome!
Located on top of the Galbraith engineering building, the Sky Garden is a collaborative project between the UofT Urban Agriculture Society and the Food and Water Institute. The Sky Garden uses interconnected Biotop containers to create an amazing semi-hydroponic, self-watering rooftop growing system. The UAS website has tons of photos, information, and links!
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The Victoria Community Garden is a new project stemming out of Vic’s Sustainability Committee. The garden aims to promote sustainable living through healthy, organic food growing, as well as providing students and volunteers with a welcoming and educational outdoor space.
They are always looking for volunteers, so if you want to try out your green thumb, just email email@example.com .
Kahonitake Kitikan, located at Hart House, is a garden and sacred meeting space supported by the Native Student Association. Native plants, medicinal plants, and ceremonial herbs can all be found growing here.
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The UofT Beekeeping Education Enthusiast Society (B.E.E.S.) oversees a number of rooftop apiaries across campus. B.E.E.S. champion organic, non-intrusive beekeeping approaches, and host educational events throughout the year.
Newcomers are more than welcome – send an email to email@example.com for more information, and to join the mailing list.
In 2010, UTM students successfully rehabilitated a neglected community plot, the McGrath Valley Garden. The garden now produces delicious food for students and residents; UTMUAS also hosts workshops, socials, and other food-tastic events.
Greenhouse Renewal Project
Did you know there’s a greenhouse in the Anthropology Building? Not many people do – sticking out of the south side of the building on Huron Street you can spy a little glassed-in room. It hasn’t been put to its intended use for over 30 years…until now!
If you would like to learn more about how this space is being transformed and how you can help out, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compost Action Team
Into compost? Well, it’s your dream-come-true! Dig In! is looking for folks to help promote composting on campus, help maintain our three-bin composter, and dream up new ideas for composting on campus. Let’s decompose together.
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