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Get a Taste of Farm Fresh Cuisine at the McVean Farm Harvest Table

Aug 15, 2011

(TORONTO, August 15)  On Sunday August 28th join the farmers of the McVean Incubator Farm as they celebrate at the Harvest Table 2011. The second annual fundraising event brings Chef Yasser Qahawish, of Artisanale Café and Bistro, Guelph, and his team of talented chefs together to cook up a sumptuous four-course family-style meal right on the farm. The meal will feature fresh vegetables and honey from the farm, with lamb and chicken and cheese being sourced from local farms and artisans.  Ingredients will be freshly picked from the farm and cooked on-site over a charcoal fire. Local biodynamic wines and organic brews will compliment the meal.

Guests will also be invited to a walking or wagon tour of the 37 acre farm. The tour will include food samples and an opportunity to meet a diverse group of new farmers who come from more than 17 different countries. Musical band Lowlands, will entertain guests in the evening.

Two hundred guests are expected to attend this fundraising event that will go directly to supporting the incubator farm and new farmers through FarmStart programs and services.  The McVean Incubator Farm project is a partnership between Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) and FarmStart. The project is based on the historic McVean property located within the Claireville Conservation Area, in the City of Brampton which is owned by TRCA. The project is the first of its kind in Canada, which supports new farmers by helping them access land and provides them with support in their initial years of farming-leading the way towards sustainable, local agriculture that serves the needs of growing communities and protects the local greenspace and ecosystems. By encouraging new farmers, promoting local food production and community engagement, this farm project will allow community members to access and connect to the source of their food: to know and value the land on which is it grown and those who have grown it.

Where: McVean Farm, Brampton. At the intersection of McVean Dr and Dunegrass Way,North of Queen St. 

When: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Tickets: Tickets $100.00 per person, Full Time Farmers - $50.00, Children 12 - 18 years of age - $50.00, Children Under 12 years of age - Free. Beverages included. To purchase tickets please go to

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FarmStart supports passionate and dedicated people who are undertaking the thrilling, exhausting and rewarding journey of becoming a farmer. We aim to provide new farmers with the resources, tools and support to not only get their businesses off the ground but to thrive. 


On our McVean Incubator Farm we provide prospective farmers access to land, equipment, infrastructure and mentorship during the first 5 years of their farm business start-up.  The McVean farm is a refreshing island of diverse, ecological food production surrounded by suburban development.  This year, 21 new farmers, from all over the world, are growing a huge diversity of crops, from honey to mushrooms to all kinds of vegetables.

There are many challenges facing new farmers, yet there are also exciting opportunities. These farmers bring skills, connections and passion that can lead to innovation and renewal in our food, farmlands and communities.  



Toronto and Region Conservation

With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look-after the natural environment. Our vision is for The Living City®, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity.  For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at

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Elizabeth Oakley
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