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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 focusing 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
Edible Allan Gardens
EAG began with The Urban Harvest Festival, the first of its kind in Allan Gardens. Building Roots worked closely with ERA Architects, caterToronto, Friends of Allan Gardens, Ryerson and involved residents to create a hugely successful event in the park. It was a day that brought out many families to see what new and exciting things urban agriculturalists were up to and get a strong sense of what was possible in Allan Gardens.
This event was a springboard for 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 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.
Corporate Team Building Gardens
We worked with enthusiastic employees and management of Ozery Bakery, Tyco Securities and others to design and plant raised beds with edibles that employees harvested and cooked.
Yorkwoods Public School Garden
We partnered with Ozery Bakery and the very supportive principal and staff at this school south of Jane and Finch to design and create a substantial edible garden on the property. The kids were delighted to learn where their food comes from, enjoy soup in September, and couldn’t wait to get their hands dirty!
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 a family reunion with a BBC reporter that went viral globally.