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Toronto Urban Agriculture History Group - Mostly, it is...

Jan. 21st, 2008

08:47 pm - Toronto Urban Agriculture History Group

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I'm not personally involved in this group, but I'm interested in the work that they propose to do. Since some of you like growing things that you eat, I thought that I'd share.

"A small group of graduate history students from York University are working to develop a public history project to uncover Toronto's urban agricultural history. Working with gardeners, and others interested in urban food production, we will record the history of growing food within the city. From the farms that once existed on much of the land now occupied by Toronto and continue to exist on the periphery, to the Victory Gardens during the World Wars, through to the backyard, allotment and community gardens that have emerged during the extensive growth of the city in the past half century, the urban landscape has long been dotted with sites of food production.

The first meeting at 7:30pm on February 6th will be an informal discussion about the history of urban agriculture in Toronto and about the future plans for the project. We are very open to input from community members. We plan on developing a webspace over the next year to present the history created by the group. Other possible goals are a conference on the history of urban agriculture and publishing book on the history of urban agriculture in Toronto.

Please contact us join us for our first meeting at The Victory Cafe (581 Markham Street, Toronto (Near Honest Ed's)) or contact us for more information.

Also take the time to join our Yahoo Group Page: http://ca.groups.yahoo.com/group/Toronto_food_history_project/

Jim Clifford, Ian Mosby and Jay Young"

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From:leahbobet
Date:January 22nd, 2008 03:52 am (UTC)
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Oh, nice.

Thanks!
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From:seabream
Date:January 22nd, 2008 12:19 pm (UTC)
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You're welcome! I thought that you'd like it. ^_^
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From:dawkins
Date:January 22nd, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
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To make light of the subject, they should have the group motto "Watching grass grow, since 2008"

But on a more serious note, I hope they'll discuss the stables that have been in the city too. They grow horses, don't they? (Ok, maybe they don't eat them.)
When I was a child, I was very fond of the stables that used to be south of Finch and Leslie. Now it's a new development with some ironically horsey names.
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From:seabream
Date:January 27th, 2008 09:45 am (UTC)
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You know, you could make the suggestion if you like (referring to the stables more than the motto).

Certainly horses as sources of work energy and transportation have been important in agriculture in Toronto. I don't know about whether those stables in particular were or not. When I was a kid, there were hacking paths that went behind and through a neighbourhood park (Cakebread Park which, by the way, was a really nice place for tobogganing before the city outlawed it). We'd occasionally see or hear riders going through. It was all overgrown the last time I went back to take a look.

The only city stables I've seen recently are the ones in Sunnybrook Park where, I think, the Toronto Police horses, among others, stay.

Edited at 2008-01-27 09:45 am (UTC)
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