[image: photograph by Jodi Pudge]
While some of us love fresh vegetables, we don't all have the time or talent to grow our own food. If you have some unused yard space, a group of urban famers may be able to help you out in the produce department.
Fresh City Farms is a Toronto-based company that is committed to producing organic vegetables in urban areas. Their goal is to provide healthy food and a big part of that mission is to show folks where their food comes from. While they have a greenhouse in Downsview Park, they also run a network of micro-farms in yards across the city.
In a nutshell, you, the land-haver, allow a Fresh City member to farm your land for one growing season. In return, you don't have to worry about landscaping, you get free produce and you help revitalize the food production system and regenerate the environment. If you're interested in micro-farming, you can sign up to let Fresh City farm your land on their website.
If you want to grow your own, Fresh City also runs workshops to help you start up your own urban farm. And finally if you just want to eat, they run a program called Box, where you can have organically grown produce delivered right to your door. While contents differ from week to week, we're looking forward to basil, eggplant and zucchini time.
If you want to learn more about Fresh City Farms, they'll be celebrating the start of the growing season this Saturday with an event called Meet Your Maker at the Gladstone from 7 - 11pm. Chef Michael Smith will be serving organic appetizers made with locally grown ingredients. Tickets are $15.