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Toronto Community Housing
Building Roots was hired by Toronto Community Housing to help the residents of 250 Davenport create a vision for the future of their community event and kitchen space. We worked closely with the residents for four months and developed a cohesive plan for a community kitchen, hosting potluck dinners and workshops achieving community development along the way.
11 Wellesley Market
Lanterra Developments, Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam and partners worked with Building Roots to create a market at 11 Wellesley St, a part of downtown Toronto that welcomed the animation of a space sitting dormant for years. Building Roots created a popular summer market focysing on local food artisans, musicians and craftspeople. The program supported Ryerson students to test and develop new enterprises.
Westbank with the local community hired Building Roots to engage local businesses and residents in a fall festival in Mirvish Village. Local vendors from the community lined Markham Street with a variety of diverse flavours.Building Roots also hosted three well attended events in Markham House:
An open house featuring wonderful Zimbabwean meat and vegetarian pies from Evis, owner of Mnandi Pies.
- The popular Future of Urban Agriculture Symposium with a dynamic group of presenters; Toronto Urban Growers, Toronto Beekeepers Co-operative, Wastenot Worm Farms, Waterfarmers Aquaponics, Evergreen, Grow For Good Inc. Abokichi served onigiri and Le Dolci provided us with sweet treats.
- Hosting Bev Yap, owner of Kyopo Kitchen, in a cooking workshop where everyone made dumplings with her vegan kimchee.
This event was a springboard for a collaboration between Building Roots, Ryerson University, City of Toronto, Friends of Allan Gardens, Green Thumbs Growing Kids and many local community groups to create a beautiful urban agriculture demonstration urban agriculture demonstration behind the Conservatory. Hundreds of people visited to see how food could be grown in public spaces and it became a tourist attraction as well as a beautiful picnic spot. This project is going into its third summer.
Syrian Community Potluck Picnic
In Ashbridge Estate, Building Roots partnered with the Arab Community Centre and local advocates to organize a fun, informal potluck with Syrian Newcomers and the broader East End Community. The park was filled with Syrian music, kids playing, and caught a moment of family reunion with a BBC reporter that went viral globally.