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Fighting Greater Toronto’s Sprawl With Urban Farms


Member farmers harvest mizuna green beds at Fresh City Farms two acre farm at Downsview Park.

75 percent of farmland of farmland in Toronto’s Metro Region is unprotected and at risk of being paved over

By Vawn Himmelsbach
Toronto Star
Feb 18, 2017

Excerpt:

Fresh City Farms leases private land, including two acres of federal land in Downsview Park, though tenure affects long-term planning. Its latest project is a 4,000 square foot greenhouse, expected to be up and running this spring, on land owned by wireless solutions company Baka Communications.

The two biggest obstacles to urban and peri-urban farming, Goel said, are the competing uses of land – farmer’s typically can’t pay as much per square foot as developers – and attitudes on the part of city planning officials.

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