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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, 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.

So go ahead and check out these amazing projects. Dig In!

Dig In! Demonstration Gardens

The Dig In! collective maintains a series of gardens plots around campus – perhaps you’ve seen them around Sidney Smith, UTSU, or Anthropology? Historically we’ve also maintained gardens at Willcocks Common, Hart House, and Medical Sciences.  More recently, we’ve begun new gardens at New College, Campus Co-op and the Faculty Club. We use 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 the individual departments, colleges, and the UofT administration for donating these spaces and supporting our initiatives.

Email us at digin@regenesis.eco to get involved!

Sidney Smith demonstration garden

Anthropology Garden & Greenhouse

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 we refurbished it in 2011! We also maintain a garden on the east side of the Anthropology building that’s filled with kale, calendula, parsley, sage, cilantro and Egyptian onions.

If you would like to learn more about how this space has being transformed and how you can help out, email us at digin@regenesis.eco.


Campus Co-op Raised Beds

In June 2018 with the help of funding from a Community-Engaged Initiatives Grant from U of T Student Life, we built two raised beds behind Campus Co-op, located at 596 Spadina Ave. In collaboration with Regenesis, the goal is to convert this space to a Community Food Centre to serve the U of T student population. We just recently have been granted funding from the World Wildlife Fund to build two more raised beds here.

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Campus Co-op raised beds

Faculty Club Roof Garden

In the spring of 2018 we started a roof garden at the Faculty Club that is a smaller version of Sky Garden, using the same Biotop sub-irrigated containers. The Faculty Club roof is also home to some U of T Bee hives, and Dig In! is collaborating with UofT B.E.E.S on starting a pollinator garden there too. Special thanks are due to Young Urban Farmers, who have kindly donated some of their EarthBox Organic Garden Kits for this initiative.

Get involved by contacting digin@regenesis.eco or bees.utoronto@gmail.com.

Faculty Club work day

Installing the Faculty Club roof garden

UofT B.E.E.S.

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 bees.utoronto@gmail.com for more information, and to join the mailing list.

Hart House Farm

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 used to maintain two garden plots at Hart House itself, along the western side of Queens Park Crescent. Unfortunately, those gardens were paved over a few years ago. Dig In’s large garden that used to be in front of Hart House is no longer in use because an accessibility ramp will be constructed in the space. We hope to have some exciting new Hart House projects to announce for next year’s growing season.

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 apple trees already exist on the property, providing a unique rural-urban experience for interested members of the UofT community.

To get involved or to join the Farm Committee listserv, shoot an email to farm.committee@gmail.com.

Hart House Farm

Huron-Sussex Community Garden

The Huron-Sussex Community Garden is run by residents from Huron-Sussex and nearby neighbourhoods. Located at the corner of Huron St. and Glen Morris, the garden is supported by a small annual membership fee, donations, and the University of Toronto. Their purpose is to build community and to promote urban agriculture. Dig In! collaborates with the HSCG by starting seedlings together in the Anthropology Greenhouse, and by organizing annual campus garden tours during Urban Agriculture Week. Contact the HSCG at huronsussexgarden@gmail.com or visit them on facebook here.

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Huron-Sussex Community Garden

Kahonitake Kitikan U of T Medicine Garden

Kahonitake Kitikan, located at the east side of Hart House, is a medicine garden and sacred meeting space supported by the Native Student Association. Native plants, medicinal plants, and ceremonial herbs can all be found growing here. Learn more about how the garden coordinator, Roy Strebel, and his daughter have been helping to care for the garden over the last five years by reading this U of T News story.

For more information or to get involved, email nsa.exec@utoronto.ca.

Kahonitake Kitikan medicine garden

New College Gardens

In the spring of 2018, we started digging in at the Human Biology garden, located within a small walled courtyard on the corner of Classic Avenue and Huron St. We’ve been growing radishes, kale, zucchini, and herbs here. We also planted two black currants. Our second garden at New College is the Wilson Hall Balcony garden off room 2007D. Prospective volunteers can contact digin@regenesis.eco.

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Zucchini and pumpkins at the Human Biology garden

OISE Learning Garden

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OISE Learning Garden

Over the last six years, faculty and students at OISE have been investigating new ways of infusing environmental and sustainability education (ESE) into our programs, organizational culture and physical infrastructure in hopes of embedding and manifesting a culture of sustainability in all that we do.

This grassroots movement has also worked towards fulfilling OISE’s goal of working towards ecological and social responsibility. As part of this work, a dedicated group of students and faculty created a Community Learning Garden in front of OISE’s main building to support integrated learning about ESE in our graduate and teacher education programs.

The garden is found in six large concrete planters at the front of the OISE building (252 Bloor St. West in Toronto), and each has its own theme related to the foundational concepts of OISE’s programs: Indigenous Education, Equity and Inclusive Education, Holistic Education, Creativity in Education, and Environmental & Sustainability Education. Learn more at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/ese/OISE_Learning_Garden/

Sky Garden

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.

Contact urbanagriculturesociety@gmail.com to get involved.

Sky Garden

UTM Urban Agricultural Society

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.

Check them out on Facebook, or shoot them a message at utm.agriculture@utoronto.ca.

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Rhubarb at the UTSU Equity Garden

 

 

 

UTSU Equity Garden

The UTSU Equity Garden is located at and supported by the University of Toronto Students’ Union (U.T.S.U.) Sustainability Commission in partnership with Dig In! For the 2018 growing season, this garden has produced strawberries, rhubarb, sage, mint, garlic and raspberries. We also have some mushroom logs here!

Prospective volunteers can contact digin@regenesis.eco. 

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