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Canada: Community farming project in Toronto’s Brockton Village grows food in front yards

Brockton Village farming project started with 250 letters left in mailboxes offering to farm neighbourhood yards. Three months later, five yards have harvested a wide variety of crops, including romaine lettuce, arugula, radishes, turnips, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes and kale.

By Ellen Brait
The Star
Aug. 31, 2017


Rosenthal said his children, Stella, 7, and Cy, 3, have especially loved their front yard farm. The towering corn stalks stop people on the street, and he said both his kids love giving tours of their plot.

“They love talking about it,” Rosenthal said. “My daughter went to camp and I was with her when she met her bunk mates and she was joking she lived on a farm. It is funny but I had to say, ‘You don’t. Some people might actually live on a farm. You live in the city and there happens to be stuff in your front yard.’ ”

That’s not to say everything has run smoothly. There’s been the occasional setback. Attempts to harvest mustard seeds to eat as sprouts were unsuccessful as the stems ended up being tougher than expected, but they did work to cover the ground to keep the moisture in as the corn and squash grew.

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