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Toronto and Region Conservation Launches Albion Hills Community Farm and Environmental Learning Centre

Sep 09, 2011

 

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(TORONTO - September 9) - Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) today announced the launch of its newest near urban agriculture venture-the Albion Hills Community Farm and Learning Centre, a 76-acre community farm located in Albion Hills Conservation Area in the Town of Caledon.  The farm is a partnership between TRCA and Albion Hills Community Farm. It is TRCA's third pilot project which helps to support TRCA's goal of fostering the long-term development of near urban agriculture to help achieve sustainable communities. The farm's programs include: local organic food production; education programs that encourage community awareness about local food through practical hands-on workshops, school visits, community garden programs and demonstration plots.  The farm's public grand opening celebration will be held on Saturday, September 10th. The free family event includes a giant pumpkin cake, Harry Potter characters to guide guests through a five acre corn maze, and tours of the 10 acre farm and learning centre and community gardens.

 "We are proud to be part of this project that advances the understanding of local and sustainable near-urban farming through education, conservation and community partnerships," said Brian Denney, CAO, Toronto and Region Conservation. "Sustainable local farming promotes human health, regional economic development, social equity and a healthy environment. We welcome the community to get involved by growing their own food at one of the community gardens, attending any number of events and workshops, or simply by supporting local farmers by eating locally grown food."   

 The site of the Albion Hills Community Farm was a former demonstration dairy farm that was operated in conjunction with the Outdoor Education program of TRCA. This is the first season for the organic farm and current crops being grown include garden vegetables such as potatoes, corn, pumpkin, garlic, squash, greens, peas, beans, carrots and zucchini which are being sold directly through Community Supported Agriculture programs, farmers markets and farm gate sales.  Part of the vision for the Albion Hills Community Farm is also to supply fresh farm produce to prepare the meals served to the students that attend the two Outdoor Education Field Centers located next to the farm.

"We are thrilled to work with TRCA, community partners and local institutions to provide local food to the Caledon community," said Barb Imrie, President, Albion Hills Community Farm. "It's great to see that there is so much support for this project and interest in local food and farming in the Town of Caledon."

Community plots are currently being cultivated by 4H Garden Club, the Palgrave Community Kitchen, and a number of Outdoor Education Centres. The community gardens offer the use of common tools, training, information and some extra seeds. There are more spaces available and a new site at Regional Road 50 will be ready to use in 2012.

 

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, please visit http://www.trca.on.ca For information about TRCA's urban agriculture projects please visit: www.trca.on.ca/urbanagariculture

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