Ryerson Urban Farm
Ryerson Urban Farm (RUF) operates productive growing spaces across the Ryerson University campus using ecological growing methods. Our operations incorporate educational programming for our surrounding community on campus and beyond.
Our main production space, a quarter-acre rooftop farm, is located on the Andrew and Valerie Pringle Environmental Green Roof above the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre at the corner of Church Street and Gould Street. The original green roof was built in 2004 and converted to an ecological market garden in 2013 by Ryerson Urban Farm, which grew out of a student-lead initiative to grow fresh food on campus. Now, Ryerson Urban Farm produces roughly 10,000 pounds of produce annually, distributed between Ryerson Eats, the Gould Street Farmers’ Market, the Ryerson Student Union’s Good Food Centre, local chefs and to a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program. This innovative project demonstrates the potential for green roofs to produce food, as well as contribute to the health and well-being of our community and the environment.
Our ground level growing spaces include a food forest, flower farm, two rain gardens (under development), a self-watering edible container garden, and a native and pollinator plant garden.
Updated January 2018
Arlene Throness, Urban Farm Manager
2013-2015: Green roof converted to ecological market garden by Rye’s HomeGrown
2016-present: Ecological market garden managed by Ryerson Urban Farm