New Stories From 'Urban Agriculture Notes'
Random header image... Refresh for more!

Salad days at Toronto inner-city school

Student Josh Harrison-Maul poses for a photo on the rooftop garden at Eastdale C.I. on Gerrard St. E., near Broadview Ave. (Ernest Doroszuk, Toronto Sun)

Tyler Beckett wants to be a landscaper and the urban farming program on the roof of his inner-city school has greened his thumb.

By Kevin Connor
Toronto Sun
October 15, 2017

Excerpt:

“It’s helping get me prepare for a job when I’m done school,” said the 16-year-old Eastdale Collegiate Institute student in the Regent Park area.

“I like getting involved with the garden and helping the kids in school. We used to go to the corner and buy chips, now we are eating salads.”

Eastdale Collegiate is an “impoverished” high school and half the students function at a Grade 3 level, said principal Brian Hill.

These kids are from homes where buying fresh produce isn’t a priority, he said.

Read the complete article here.