FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
YOUNG URBAN FARMERS COMMUNITY SHARED AGRICULTURE TO BREAK GROUND FOR ITS INAUGURAL GROWING SEASON ON APRIL 11TH, 2010
Community members will be able to share in the harvest of heirloom vegetable crops throughout the summer
Toronto, ON – April 5, 2010 – Young Urban Farmers Community Shared Agriculture (YUFCSA) has announced that it will begin its inaugural growing season with a groundbreaking ceremony in the Wychwood area (Christie/St. Clair) on Sunday April 11th, 2010. The launch of this program will give Toronto residents access to fresh, locally grown produce as well as education about the growing process. The location of our ground breaking ceremony will be in the backyards of 100 and 102 Atlas Avenue from 9am to 4pm
Come and join us to learn and see how garden beds are setup in an urban setting. We will be demonstrating how to till the land, practice the double digging method of gardening, and building trellis structures for our large and climbing plants.
YUFCSA is transforming backyards in the Wychwood, Lawrence Park North and East Riverdale areas into vegetable gardens where members of the community are able to come together, learn about the origins of locally grown organic produce and meet other members of the community. “There’s a really big disconnect between what we eat and where it comes from” says, Chris Wong, the co-founder of YUFCSA, “Young Urban Farmers CSA is really trying to foster community relationships while educating people on nutrition and fresh produce.”
Volunteers who lend their backyards for gardening will receive weekly shares of vegetables without having to do any work. Young Urban Farmers will lay down a vegetable bed, preserving existing grass, and plant weekly rotations of vegetable plants, many of them exotic and hard to find in grocery stores. Elaine Howarth, VP of Operations, has planned gardening cycles of vegetable plots with over three dozen varieties, including vibrant varieties of peas, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, onions, and spinach.
The birth of YUFCSA allows volunteers to experience running a non-profit organization first-hand, including hurdles such as funding, communication, and advertisement. By encouraging its participants to get involved and learn more about urban gardening, YUFCSA aims to increase the number of backyard gardens in Toronto and the number of people supported by them.
YUFCSA was started in the autumn of 2009 with a mission to provide fresh food to the urban community, while fostering leadership and education by engaging and connecting the community in the rediscovery of local food. The program is entirely volunteer-run, which allows young adults to experience the joy of gardening in an urban setting. The program is designed to supplement weekly vegetable intake with fresh, ripe, in-season vegetables during the (approximate) 18 week CSA program. The cost for participation is on a sliding scale from $350-$450 according to financial ability.