If you would like to explore similar projects, I’ve compiled an incomplete list (that I will add to over time) of groups and organizations that inspire me.
In no particular order,
- Everdale. In Hillsburgh (near Guelph), Ontario, Everdale is a leader in farm-based education, running an operational farm that hosts a summer day camp, school visits, and internships for youth.
- Soul Fire Farm. An operational farm with deep connections to community, Soul Fire Farm is committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system and offers training programs, community days, and much more.
- The Stop. (The first ever) Community Food Centre in Toronto, The Stop offers wonderful programs and initiatives that tackle poverty at its roots.
- Loving Spoonful. A Kingston-based initiative working towards achieving a food-secure community in a collaborative, empowering and environmentally-sustainable manner. http://lovingspoonful.org/
- Food Share. Out of Toronto, Rad Kids has been especially impressed with the School Grown program, getting high school students skills & experience running school gardens. Food Share has been around since 1985, and is a hub for healthy food & food education.
- Roots to Harvest. In Thunder Bay, Ontario, a youth employment training program connecting youth with mentors to learn about the food system and gain skills in growing food! http://www.rootstoharvest.org/
- Fresh Roots. In Vancouver, BC, transforming urban spaces to community gathering places and operational market gardens, with a garden-based internship program for youth. http://freshroots.ca/
- Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project. In Kahnawake, the KSDPP empowers community members to care for their personal and family health through a variety of awesome projects, activities, and events.
- The City Farm School Project. In Montreal, Quebec, CFSP is working towards building resilient communities by creating skills & knowledge around local food autonomy.
- Farmers on 57th. In Vancouver, BC, Farmers on 57th is an urban farm with therapeutic gardens on hospital grounds, linking patients to food and gardening. A satellite project of Farmers on 57th, Growing Eden, connects newcomers, low-income folks, and refugees to farm-based education at weekly garden gatherings.
- Northlands. In Edmonton, Alberta, Northlands (agricultural society) offers incredible youth food and farm education at an Urban Farm site, through their Agriculture Ambassadors program, and a Youth Beekeeping Club, as well as many other initiatives.