Stay on top of the Greenroof & Greenwall World by subscribing here: http://bit.ly/1HAbujW. Ryerson University is home to a quarter acre rooftop farm on the Andrew and Valerie Pringle Environmental Green Roof, located in the heart of downtown Toronto. Originally built in 2004, this green roof was converted into an edible garden in 2013 by Ryerson’s student-initiated garden group, Ryerson Urban Farm (formerly Rye’s Homegrown). Since then, more than 1,000 people have visited the farm through tours, workshops and events. In 2015, the farm produced nearly 8,000 pounds of produce, distributed between Ryerson’s campus kitchens, the Gould Street Farmers’ Market, and to volunteers through a weekly food basket. With the help of students, staff and faculty, Ryerson Urban Farm (RUF) has created an urban farm with more than 30 crops and over 100 varieties. They started with a pilot project in 2013 in one section of the green roof using the permaculture technique of sheet mulching. After the tarps were removed, RUF created raised beds by digging 18” paths and 30” beds and added two inches of compost bringing the original soil depth from 6” to 12”. Drip irrigation was installed along with biodegradable mulch for weed suppression added to each bed, except for one to allow for direct seeding in dense spacing. In 2014, due to the success of the pilot project RUF began the conversion of the entire green roof into a small-scale farm/market garden which utilizes a five-year crop rotation, completing the conversion of the 10,000 square foot rooftop in 2015. The food produced in the market garden is sold at Ryerson’s weekly Farmers Market in the spring, summer, and early fall. It is also supplied to food services to incorporate into campus dining and catering menus. RUF also utilizes Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs to distribute […]
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