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A.    Full Day Tours – SUNDAY AUGUST 14TH, 2016


1.     Changing spaces for farming and gardening

Cost Per Person: CA $ 75/person + 13% HST (includes lunch) until July 1st (after July 1st CA $100/person + 13% HST)

Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Mode: Bus tour, departs from Ryerson University

Level of Activity: Light walking in farms and gardens

The areas surrounding cities are becoming a space for inventive innovation for growing food.  This tour will feature peri-urban and suburban cases where newer places for urban food production are being found, addressing different publics in varying ways.  The first stop is Everdale, a farm-based organization with educational and community programming to build healthy local communities, including training of new farmers. The next stop would be the Kortright Conservation Area, a showcase project of the Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), the largest landholder in Greater Toronto; the TRCA has developed a policy for the integration of agriculture in some of its lands. We then make a stop at Black Creek Community Farm – the city’s largest urban farm. Downsview Park is our last stop, a former aerospace district being transformed by the federal government; this has served as an incubator for several farm businesses, including the social enterprise Fresh City Farms, which has become successful enough to set up a hub for processing and distributing products from greater Toronto as well as its surroundings. Tour organized by Toronto Urban Growers.


2.     Niagara Wine Country Tour

Cost Per Person: CA$ 120/person + 13% HST (includes bus fare, lunch, dinner, and honorarium for the Agricultural Workers Alliance) until July 1st (after July 1st CA$145/person + 13% HST)

Time: 9:00 AM – 8:30 PM

Mode: Bus tour, departs from Ryerson University

Level of Activity: Moderate to considerable walking

The Niagara region is home to one of Canada’s most well-known tourist attractions and one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the world, the Niagara Falls. The region also houses some of the richest agricultural land in Canada, specializing in growing grapes and tender fruit. Wine Country Ontario in the Niagara region is dotted with countless wineries that produce some of Canada’s best and most premium wines. The region has also become a culinary hotspot, with many restaurants specializing in showcasing the region’s local food. This tour will start with a stop at Tawse, a family-owned estate winery that uses organic and biodynamic methods in their wine production to produce exceptionally tasting wine. Next, the tour will stop at Rosewood Estates and where lunch will also be served. After lunch, the tour visits Niagara Falls for 2 hours to view the Falls and to shop. Tickets to certain tourist attractions at Niagara Falls such as the Hornblower Niagara Cruise and the Journey Behind the Falls may be purchased separately, time permitting. The last stop of the tour will be at Virgil where we will meet with representatives of the Agricultural Workers Alliance about their work with migrant workers in the Niagara Region. We will join migrant workers for a BBQ picnic dinner provided by members of the Alliance.



B.    Half Day Tours – TUESDAY AUGUST 9TH, 2016


3.     City and Community Food Centres  

Cost Per Person: CA $45 + 13% HST (lunch included) until July 1st (after July 1st CA $ 70/person + 13% HST)

Time: 1:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Level of Activity: Moderate walking, mostly along city streets, meet at main entrance of Ryerson University Student Centre (Gould St. near Church St.)

Different models of multifaceted community-focused food centres can be found in Toronto, as will be shown in this public transport and walking tour. We start by using Scadding Court to illustrate the way a traditional community centre can integrate a variety of food projects within its activities. In the second stop, Parkdale will show how multiple partners in a neighbourhood can work to strengthen food security in multiple ways across that community.  We will finish at 1884 Davenport, the home base of The Stop, where the “community food centre” approach was pioneered before being replicated across Canada.

Tour organized by Toronto Urban Growers.