Picture a Farm…

Worm compost

When you look to the future, what kinds of food and farms do you imagine? Sometimes farmers’ markets seem old-fashioned, but ours is also an incubator for forward-looking businesses.

Continuing our Black History Month series, we asked Cheyenne from Sundance Harvest what she would like to include in the newsletter. She suggested a terrific article which includes a section on the farm, and wrote this to accompany it:

Cheyenen early market

“Sundance Harvest started in September 2019. That winter I became a vendor at Dufferin Grove. I remember my very first booth; no table cloth but those greens sure did move! AnneNicole and Dufferin Grove Market made me feel welcome and seen as a new Black business. A couple years later we are at 1.5 acres with staff and I’m very happy I am still a vendor at Dufferin Grove.”

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Photo by Roya Delsol

“About me: I’m the farm director of Sundance Harvest. We are a 1.5 acre farm with two heated greenhouses located right in the north of the city in Downsview Park. We grow many vegetables, mushrooms and soon fruits such as strawberries. I started Sundance Harvest at a time when zero for profit Black owned and operated farms existed at scale with fair employment. Happy to say, Sundance Harvest allowed me to have a future in agriculture and I hope those who are with us on our journey feel the same! I didn’t go to school for anything but with time I grew with the farm.”

The friendly people at West End Phoenix said they would be delighted to have us reprint this recent article by Samantha Edwards, “Farm Team.” We are including the section about Sundance Harvest here, but the rest of the article is well-worth reading too! A big shoutout to the Phoenix!

Here’s the link

Photo by Roya Delsol

Unique greeting card of Jennifer's farm inspired artwork on plantable wildflower seed paper. An ideal way to send your feeling and give the gift of plants as well.Each card is 4"x5" and comes with it's own recycled, unbleached kraft paper envelope. Plantable paper is a biodegradable eco-paper made with post-consumer and post-industrial paper waste that is embedded with seeds. (No trees harmed for this paper!) When the paper is planted in a pot of soil, the seeds grow and the paper composts away.

$13.50

The perfect high fibre granola alternative without all the yucky stuff. A nutrient dense base of organic juice pulp, naturally sweetened with imperfect local apple chunks, ripe bananas, and maple syrup. Dehydrated into a crunch with oats, coconut and sunflower seeds! Handmade with love for you to enjoy over yogurt, smoothie bowls, as a cereal or au naturel as a snack! 130g Ingredients: juice pulp (carrot, beet, pear)*, banana*, local imperfect apples, gluten-free oats*, coconut*, sunflower seeds*, maple syrup*, cinnamon, vanilla, salt *organic *Made in a facility that processes sesame, nuts, soy and gluten. Shelf life: 5 months in an airtight, cool, dark space.

I bet you are already familiar with the waste problems built into the modern food industry. We love seeing small farms and prepared food businesses take responsibility for their own food waste. If you like to support the harmony of mutually beneficial business models, then join us in welcoming Bruized!

Another visionary, women-run start-up, Bruized is the brainchild of Monique and Justice, two women on a mission to fight food waste through education and by example.

Their vegangluten-free, handmade granolas and cookies use ‘rescued’ ingredients, such as pulp from organic juiceries and imperfect fruits from Reye’s, turning edibles that would otherwise be discarded into tasty treats!

Sounds like an idea whose time has come, don’t you think?

Ginger spice

Green Florin has a new shipment of walnuts! Act fast before they sell out again. When you are browsing Vasile’s page, maybe think about your spring garden to come. Hazelnut shells, like egg shells, help keep crawling pests away from your plants. They also add a beautiful colour and texture to any mulch mix.

Vasile

If you celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim you might have only just started thinking about your plans for this March. You might also remember how Dufferin Grove took part in the festival last year with gifts to those in need and surprise goodie bags. We are just ramping up the festivities and hope you will share online and in conversation. Last year we had folks contributing gifts from across the province, thanks to you all spreading the word!

Purim gift cards