From backyard gardeners to sophisticated startups to students at schools right here in Toronto, city dwellers are embracing urban agriculture in a big way. For some, though, urban farming may call to mind knitting cafés, ukulele jam sessions, and other whimsies confined mostly to hipper neighbourhoods. City gardens make for quaint community projects, but can they be viable and productive enterprises? To answer that question, the Design Trust for Public Space, a prolific New York City non-profit, has created a data collection toolkit for analyzing urban farming ventures.
Ward: Ward 6 (Etobicoke-Lakeshore), currently represented by Mark Grimes, who is running for his fourth term.
Background: Ford is on leave from the LAMP Community Health Centre, a non-profit that provides health services to the community, where he is executive director. Its health programming includes recreation programs, a drop-in program for homeless people, harm reduction, and clinical services for people who do not have OHIP. During Ford’s tenure at LAMP, the organization’s budget has grown from $2 million to $13 million. Ford also worked for 10 years in the policy and planning department of the City of Toronto.
He is married and has two adult children, and in his spare time likes playing sports and watching documentaries. He makes it clear that he is not related in any way to the more famous political candidates named Ford.
Well, the stars are gone. Except for those few Canadian stars who hang around Toronto more or less year-round, but somehow their lustre just doesn't quite match the Brangelinas and the Kate Winslets who descend on the city in their designer gowns for a week at a time. In the (regular-people) news: a look at the man who will design the development replacing Honest Ed's, Andrea Horwath is fighting for her career, and the Fords weren't popular at a Sunday mayoral debate.