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Living Lab

Four members of the Living Lab team standing between rows of produce on the Urban Farm.

The Ryerson Urban Farm Living Lab (RUFLL) is a research platform that integrates users, community members and industry partners in interdisciplinary research projects focused on rooftop farming using green roof technology. Headquartered at our quarter-acre Urban Farm, our Living Lab initiative builds on user-centric, experiential research and data collection with the ultimate goal of compiling and mobilizing knowledge that will further the growth of the rooftop farming industry.

Current projects

Project: Green Roof data collection and analysis
Topics: Monitoring irrigation usage, water flow sensors, wireless soil sensors
Investigators: Prof. Kristiina McConville
Research assistants: Abigail Sy, Bethany Santos, Martin Fernandez, and Nabeel Ahmed
Expected completion: Ongoing

Past projects

Project Investigators Published
Research Study to Develop Urban Agriculture Indicators in the City of Toronto

Final Report: Indicators for Urban Agriculture in Toronto: A Scoping Analysis, external link
Paul Coleman, Health Research Specialist, Toronto Food Strategy, Toronto Public Health; Rhonda Teitel-Payne, Co-coordinator, Toronto Urban Growers 2016
Monitoring of Hydrologic Performance of Ryerson’s Rooftop Garden Muhammad Ammar Khan, BEng Candidate, Department of Civil Engineering, Ryerson University 2016
Wireless Soil-Sensor Network for Rooftop Gardens M. Nabeel Ahmed, MEng Candidate, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Ryerson University 2016
Exploration of Agricultural Green Roofs Soils for Earthworm Populations, Nitrogen and the Possible Interactions and Practices Involved, Southern Ontario: Agricultural Green Roof Actors Caitlin Santos, MASc Candidate, Environmental Applied Science and Management, Ryerson University 2016
Experiences of Community Gardening Participants in Different Garden Settings Adrian Lue, MA Candidate, Department of Geography & Planning, University of Toronto 2016