Added by on 2019-10-04

So many people are interested in local and organic food these days, but students from Ryerson University in Toronto have taken the movement one step further by converting a green roof on campus into an urban rooftop farm! As of 2017 they were producing 10,000 lbs of fresh fruits and veggies on their green roof. They sell the produce at a farmer’s market, to CSA (community supported agriculture) customers, and they give some to the campus food room, which is a place where students can have access to free food. In addition to growing food on the rooftop, they also have a variety of programs and workshops available to help educate students, faculty, staff, and community members about how to grow food, including a 10-week market garden program. A multitude of different people are interested in this project, from nutrition and urban planning students, to community members who want to learn how to grow food in their own yards and balconies, to other universities who want to replicate the project on their own campus. You can follow Ryerson Urban Farm here: https://www.instagram.com/ruurbanfarm/ https://www.ryerson.ca/university-business-services/urban-farm/ To learn more about the City of Toronto’s green roof by-law: https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/planning-development/official-plan-guidelines/green-roofs/green-roof-bylaw/ A special thank you to Saba Zubair, Jayne Miles and Arlene Throness for sharing their connection to the Ryerson Urban Farm (RUF) with us, and to Kate Davies for the farm photos. The Ryerson Urban Farm is located on the Andrew & Valerie Pringle Environmental Green Roof, on the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre. Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ————————————————————- STAY IN TOUCH! ————————————————————- Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives ————————————————————- COMMENTS ————————————————————- We want our channel and our comments section to be an inclusive space where everyone feels welcome to watch and to contribute. For this reason, comments that are inappropriate or […]

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18 Comments

  • flemming engel 2 weeks ago

    city vegetables gardens

  • Marie-Andrée Hould 2 weeks ago

    This is amazing. It should be mandatory everywhere!

    What a great way to learn, to use the otherwise wasted space and to make sure that we have access to local produce.

    Would love to see this kind of project implemented in more cities!

  • J.R. Productions 1 week ago

    Food will be the new money soon. Get into gardening ASAP, the dollar will be nothing after the upcoming collapse. Oh, and move OUT of the cities.

  • Bite the Bullet 1 week ago

    what a folly! growing plants on top of skyscrapers will never be a part of our new future. talk about a $10 tomato!

  • Samir Akacha 1 week ago

    This is wonderful

  • German Antonio 1 week ago

    How do you guys fund yourselves for urban farming?

  • Kodey Whitewolf 1 week ago

    So glad to see people using availability space for growing food

  • Kevin Davis 1 week ago

    Good ideas

  • Wade Kirby 1 week ago

    Are their notes (about what grows well) accessible by the public?

  • Frank Garrett 1 week ago

    How much money these people must already have.

  • Mimi M. 1 week ago

    We need this everywhere ➕ used as PTSD therapy for new and old Canadians.
    Nature heals, food security heals, see what works in remote hills of China.
    Grow herbs healing mind and body

  • michaelcsutton 1 week ago

    Brilliant. We need more of this.

  • rayva1 1 week ago

    They’re doing this all over CA too.

  • Andreina Rangel 1 week ago

    a nice fad

  • Liliya's Garden Channel 1 week ago

    This is really neat!!

  • joel1239871 1 week ago

    Very nice!

  • HayleyTief 1 week ago

    This is the kind of thing that gets me excited. So much you see on the news can be so depressing, but the knowledge that forward thinking ideas are being implemented is so uplifting. Thanks for the video! Maybe someone who sees it will be inspired to push for this in their city.

  • don0giorgio 1 week ago

    What about air pollution in the f downtown???