Learn about urban agriculture in Cuba

This event looks interesting:

GROWING IN CUBA:Canadian-Cuban Partnership in Urban Agriculture

WHEN:  THIS THURSDAY Jan. 22nd at 7pm !!

WHERE: FoodShare’s Field to Table Centre – 200 Eastern Ave.

ALSO: Friday, Jan 23rd at noon, at York University Faculty of Environmental Studies, Lumbers building Rm 306

WHAT: How does Havana feed its population? What strategies and models have been implemented? And how is the non-profit sector supporting the efforts to increase food security? With a population of 2.4 million people, Havana is providing for its citizens by growing 54% of its food supply in the city limits. Urban agriculture takes many forms in Havana patio gardens, school gardens, organoponicos and cooperatives.

A Victoria-based NGO, LifeCycles, has an ongoing partnership with ACTAF, a Cuban national organization, in Havana in an effort to co-develop both Canadian and Cuba strategies for urban agriculture and local responses to food security. They are working on developing a Centre for the Promotion & Development of Urban Agriculture, supporting several organoponicos, building a womens community kitchen and developing a school garden program.
Sharing successes and challenges of the LifeCycles-ACTAF cooperative organic urban agriculture program, Jacinda Fairholm, the International Project Coordinator, and Linden Huizinga, CIDA-intern, will be giving a talk, slide show and showing a video at 2 locations this week.

All are welcome

MORE INFO: contact Karine Jaouich

directions & contacts: FoodShare’s Field to Table Centre in Toronto

Peering through the fence….

The High Park Community Garden has to be the mother of all community gardens in this city. It’s nestled in the middle of this 500 acre park, a short distance from the famous Dog Hill and the outdoor stage for Shakespeare in the Park. The gardens takes up several acres, and are in an idyllic setting surrounded by oak forest.

It’s next to impossible to acquire a plot in these gardens — believe me, I’ve tried. People hang on to them tenaciously from year to year, and the few that do become available are subject to a ferocious phone battle on one morning every February.

So, I continue to visit, and admire, and look longingly through the fence. To me, there is nothing more beautiful than the creativity and diversity of these gardens, the riot of colour, the bent backs of people of every nationality and age carefully tending their charges. If Monet were still with us, no doubt he would have painted it.