Toronto Agricultural Program Update

growtoOn November 13, 2013 Toronto City Council adopted a number of motions with regards to the Toronto Agricultural Program. The program and workplan will be guided by a joint City-Sector Steering Committee on Urban Agriculture. A breakdown of the decision and proposals can be found here.

Highlights from the council decisions include:

  • The establishment of a joint City-Sector Steering Committee on Urban Agriculture
  • The adoption of the City-Sector Steering Committee, Working Group, and 2013-2014 Workplan
  • A move to explore funding opportunities to support the City’s Urban Agriculture Program, including the Province of Ontario’s Local Food Fund.
  • Reporting back to City Council on the progress made in addressing planning and policy barriers to linking farmers to land and in implementing the Toronto Agricultural Program and Workplan
  • A plan for defining the roles of urban agriculutral centres and identifying potential sites

Highlights from the workplan include:

  • Reviewing planning and zoning barriers to urban agriculture
  • Creating a guide to growing and selling fresh fruit and vegetables in Toronto
  • Promoting the green infrastructure benefits of urban agriculture
  • Creating an urban agriculture inventory and online map
  • Supporting the development of new community gardens
  • Identify new urban agriculture opportunities and partnerships

The TFPC was able to provide the Toronto Urban Growers with some funding to plan for how the urban agriculture community in Toronto can fully participate in the City’s new program.

This is an exciting time for urban agriculture in the City of Toronto!