As cities continue to grow it is becoming increasingly important to determine how to ensure that all community members have access to affordable, locally sourced foods. Urban agriculture, the practice of growing, maintaining and distributing food in an urban environment, is an innovative approach to sustainable city building that leads to healthy, strong and sustainable communities. Urban agriculture encourages community collaboration as community members come together to plan and cultivate urban gardens, promoting social interaction and inclusivity. The gardens themselves provide spaces within the city for people to gather and learn, increasing a community’s sense of pride and strengthening the social and emotional wellbeing of community members.

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Urban agriculture reduces a city’s carbon footprint by limiting the amount of pollution and waste caused by food packaging and transportation. Urban agriculture also serves to increase environmental awareness, leading to healthier communities that have access to nutritional food. Urban gardens provide community members with the opportunity to educate one another about the benefits of locally sourced foods, healthy eating practices and food preparation. Increasing access to food literacy is an important way to create sustainable, healthy communities within cities.

Bowery Project is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to create opportunities for urban agriculture through the temporary use of vacant lots.

Bowery Project designs, builds and manages mobile urban farms in downtown Toronto. We grow food for local chefs/restaurants and charities while engaging the community through fun, creative and educational programming. For more information, visit www.boweryproject.ca