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Roughage meets rooftop

Ryerson students working at the Andrew and Valerie Pringle Environmental Green Roof in Toronto, Ontario

external,Ryerson Urban Farm turned the roof of the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre at Ryerson University into a viable urban farm that produced more than 8,000 lbs of vegetables last year.

While the Andrew and Valerie Pringle Environmental Green Roof was originally implemented to help manage building temperature and reduce storm water run-off, the green roof provided fertile ground for an ingenious idea: to transform the space into an edible garden that supplies the campus with fresh vegetables. It’s a great example of how the Ryerson community used ingenuity and drive to transform a large space into something deliciously useful.

At Ryerson, we work together to grow opportunities and feed change on our own campus and beyond.