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McVean Farm Picnic Brings the Community Together to Celebrate the Harvest

Sep 10, 2013


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September 10, 2013

Bring your picnic blankets, sun hats, kites, and appetites to the McVean Farm Picnic on Sunday, September 15. Listen to live music, take part in kid's activities, face painting or hands-on workshops. There will be walking tours andwagons rides available to explore this 45-acre farm overflowing with a diverse patchwork-quilt of small farms and restored natural areas. This event is a fundraiser to help build the FarmStart Seed Capital program, designed to help new farmers, with small grants for infrastructure, seeds, livestock, small tools and mentorship.

 The highlight of the picnic will be the delicious food! From noon -3pm Chef Yasser Qahawish and friends will be at the BBQs beside McVean's historic barn, cooking up chicken and roast potatoes, preparing farm fresh salads and vegetarian dosas.

 You will also be treated to tasty bites and fresh produce prepared by the FoodSchool and McVean farmers, at different locations across the farm. All the food will feature the amazing diversity of fresh vegetables, mushrooms and honey from McVean farm, with meat and cheese being sourced from other local farms and artisans. Local, biodynamic wines and organic brews, farm-fresh teas and local juices will also be available to purchase.

 McVean Farm is a historical agricultural property located in the developing north end of Brampton, Ontario.  In partnership with the Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA), FarmStart is bringing new life to this farm by providing local farmers with access to the land, equipment and infrastructure as well as support during the first years of their farm business start-up. All funds raised from our picnic will help FarmStart continue to support a new generation of farmers!

 When: Sunday September 15, 11:00am to 5:00pm

Where: McVean Farm is located 1km north of Hwy 7 (Queen St.), on McVean Drive (west side) in Brampton, ON

 Cost: $20 in advance / $30 at the gate. Tickets include a picnic lunch and samples across the farm!

Children under 12 $5 Babes in arms free.

Purchase your tickets:

Parking: Parking available at the Farm. Free shuttle from Kipling Station at 11 am, 12:30 and 2 pm. Return shuttle 3:30 and 5 pm.


Overflow parking at Claireville Conservation Area 1 km south at McVean Dr. and Hwy 7. with free shuttle to the farm.


About FarmStart

 FarmStart is a small non-profit, founded in 2005 and registered as a Canadian charity in 2011 (803120872RR0001). We work to create the conditions for a new generation of entrepreneurial, ecological farmers to grow. We focus on providing practical support, effective training, and access to resources for new farmers. 

 About Toronto and Region Conservation

With more than 55 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. TRCA's vision is for the Living City - a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, for you today and for your children tomorrow. For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at






Rowena Calpito

Toronto and Region Conservation

Tel: 416-661-6600 Ext. 5632




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Elizabeth Oakley
Tel: 416-661-6600 ext 5856

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