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Now Magazine – Home Grown – plotting a farm city

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Now Magazine
March 29-25, 2009

Articles about farming the city of Toronto

Call it recession or climate change, toxic food or the new taste for community – we’re getting ourselves back to the garden. From leafy visions of Don Valley farm fields to floating greenhouses, the urban farm imagination is fertile. Where to park your hoe? Start with your own backyard or balcony and then head for the city’s hidden places and wasted spaces. Grow it up, T.O.

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April 8, 2009   Comments Off on Now Magazine – Home Grown – plotting a farm city

Urbanites eye city maples for syrup

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CBC News
April 8, 2009

Two Halifax syrup harvesters want the municipality to allow the tapping of maple trees.

Janice Ashworth and Jason Dionne have been collecting liquid sugar from eight trees along Allan Street, in the city’s west end. Dionne learned how to tap trees and boil the sap into maple syrup at a cousin’s farm in New Brunswick.

Ashworth said the project makes them more self-sufficient.

“It’s kind of hard to grow a lot of your own food in the city or produce your own produce and stuff, so we thought this would be one way that we can do a little bit of that,” Ashworth told CBC News.

Ashworth and Dionne say they’ll take the taps out of the trees at the end of the season and fill the holes with beeswax to prevent infection.

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April 8, 2009   Comments Off on Urbanites eye city maples for syrup