Soon, would-be farmers won’t have to flee to rural Ontario to grow crops and raise chickens.
Toronto’s largest urban farm is already being built, and seeds could be planted as early as next spring.
Dubbed the Black Creek Community Farm, the 3.2-hectare plot sandwiched between Jane St., Steeles Ave. and York University will feature a training farm, greenhouses, chicken coop and a community garden.
“We wanted to show it was possible, that these are the kinds of projects you can undertake with urban lands just sitting idle,” said Brendan Johnson, director of Everdale Organic Farm, which spearheaded the project along with FoodShare Toronto, Afri-Can FoodBasket and Fresh City Farms.
York University students will have access to the farm training area, while a community garden will be open to the public. All of the food will be sold to local vendors and at farmer’s markets.