A pedaling urban farmer farms neighbors’ lots
An urban farmer in Toronto is using an innovative idea of lot sharing to get enough soil in her land portfolio to run a small CSA farm. City Seed Farms story is best explained by its founder, Erica Lemieux, in this short film by Sasha Thomas:
Traverse City has a similar project by our youngest underwriter at Carter’s Compost. Apparently, the 8 year old’s compost gardening is busting out of the seams and so this summer, similar to Lemieux’s lot sharing idea above, Carter will be farming soil in willing neighbors’ backyards. Added bonus: he won’t have to haul the every growing number of buckets of kitchen scraps all the way home.
Both ideas of sharing space and working with your neighbors are models for the future. They are another reminder that the future is a shared, collaborative economy instead of a competitive, protectionist one. Not naming names, but some City leaders could learn something.
On that note, the reports (RE) from last night’s DDA study session on Street Food vendors sound a bit contentious. This is unfortunate, as the working relationship at the City Commission’s ad hoc level was based on collaboration and mutual goals of what’s best for everyone.
From here, the DDA board will make a recommendation this Friday morning at their 8am regular meeting. That recommendation for how to manage street food within the DDA district will go to the Transient Merchant Food Vendor group, which meets on February 26th. That group will pass a recommended policy on to the City Commission sometime this spring.
If you are interested and want to be kept in the loop, email the City’s Clerk office and request to be added to the Transient Merchant Food Vendor group email list.
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