PROJECTS


WHAT:
Mobile Farm at Oben Flats Development Vacant Lot

WHEN:
2016-2017 growing seasons

WHERE:
Sherbourne and Gerrard

SUMMARY:
Our second season at Sherbourne and Gerrard will begin in May of 2017 . The 1500 milk crate farm has transformed this site which has been vacant for over two decades and is owned by boutique developer Oben Flats . We have partnered with several community organizations offering weekly programming and educational workshops - Robertson House, Anishnawabe Health Toronto,  Native Women's Resource Centre and are looking for more local groups to participate.  The produce grown onsite will be donated to the NWRC and sold to local chefs. 


WHAT:
Mobile Farm for Toronto Community Housing Corporation Development

WHEN:
2015 and 2016 growing seasons

WHERE:
Alexandra Park Community

SUMMARY:
Bowery Project was one of three winners for the 2015 Toronto Foundation Vital Innovation Award given to notable interventions for the 100in1Day Toronto festival .  These funds will go towards building a mobile urban farm integrated into the Alexandra Park revitalization program.  A 500+ milk crate farm will be built to grow produce for the community and to supplement secondary products sold to raise money for the Alexandra Park Community Centre.


WHAT:
1500 milk crate farm at downtown youth homeless shelter

WHEN:
2015 and 2016 growing seasons (April 2015 - end of November 2016)

WHERE:
Vanauley Street YMCA (Queen and Spadina)

SUMMARY:
Bowery Project is thrilled to announce that we are the recipient of an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant.  This grant along with sponsorship from Tridel and Toronto Community Housing (partners in phase 1 of the revitalization of Alexandra Park) supports our biggest farm ever!  We are transforming the huge vacant space behind the Vanauley Street YMCA youth shelter within the Alexandra Park neighborhood. Our farm of 1500 milk crates will grow organic produce for the local hungry community - through both Vanauley St and the Metro Hall food programs. We will also be offering volunteering opportunities and educational workshops to the YMCA participants.


WHAT:
No.9 Eco-Art-Fest
In Partnership with the City of Toronto Economic Development and Cultural Department

WHEN:
June 18 - September 13, 2015

WHERE:
Todmorden Mills

SUMMARY:
Bowery Project is a program partner with No.9 at the Eco-Art-Fest, an outdoor summer-long art festival.  Bowery Project will be growing over 200 crates worth of organic herbs, tomatoes, peppers, chives, and other mixed green and veggies.   

Eco-Art-Fest will:

  • Promote sustainability and environmental awareness
  • Engage visitors through hands-on artistic programming
  • Present 8 public artworks, by 7 Canadian Artists
  • Celebrate an active outdoor lifestyle

FOR A CALENDAR OF EVENTS AND MORE DETAILS ABOUT NO.9's ECO-ART-FEST:
http://www.no9.ca/ecoartfest/

CHECK OUT OUR EVENTS CALENDAR FOR UPCOMING WORKSHOPS!


WHAT:
Permaculture Inspired Spiral Garden

WHEN:
April - June, 2015

WHERE:
Evergreen Brickworks

SUMMARY:
Our gorgeous permaculture inspired spiral garden stayed at the Brickworks for less than three months.  Thanks to the Have a Hart Day volunteers we built the milk crate garden at the Welcome Centre just outside of the Farmer's Market location.  This installation was built from found/recycled crates and the 'Eco-Art-Fest' crates.  The crates that remained were returned to Chimney Court to act as a living fence to protect children from falling on the stones below.  We are excited to announce that this installation will be back in 2016 for the whole season!


WHAT:
Gladstone Grow Op 2015 & Gladstone Grow Op Get Dirtier with Kokedama Workshop

WHEN:
Grow Op - April 22 - 26, 2015, Get Dirty-er Day - Sunday April 26 12-4pm

WHERE:
The Gladstone Hotel

SUMMARY:
Bowery Project is excited to be included as a presenter in the 3rd annual Gladstone Grow Op, a five day exhibition celebrating innovative ideas and conceptual responses to landscape, gardens, art and place making under the theme, 'The Culture of Landscape'  curated by Victoria Taylor.  We are also co-hosting the inaugural Gladstone Grow Op Gets Dirtier, featuring over 20 Toronto urban agriculture companies and non-profit organizations, hands on workshops, brunch with fresh local ingredients, music, a forager led fruit tree tour, and so much more!!  Come spend the day with us getting dirty...


WHAT:
No.9 Eco-Art-Fest
In Partnership with the City of Toronto Economic Development and Cultural Department

WHEN:
June 22 - September 21, 2014

WHERE:
Todmorden Mills

SUMMARY:
Bowery Project is a program partner with No.9 at the Eco-Art-Fest, an outdoor summer-long art festival. Daily activities at the event include public art and heritage tours, watercolour painting and animal habitat workshops, sustainable architecture and design workshops, clay stein and pizza making.  Bowery Project will be growing over 170 crates worth of pizza toppings, herbs, and beer ingredients.   

Eco-Art-Fest will:

  • Promote sustainability and environmental awareness
  • Engage visitors through hands-on artistic programming
  • Present 8 public artworks, by 7 Canadian Artists
  • Celebrate an active outdoor lifestyle

FOR A CALENDAR OF EVENTS AND MORE DETAILS ABOUT NO.9's ECO-ART-FEST:
http://www.no9.ca/ecoartfest/

CHECK OUT OUR EVENTS CALENDAR FOR UPCOMING WORKSHOPS!


WHAT:
Living Fence Installation for Children's Outdoor Play Area

WHEN:
Summer & Fall 2015 and 2014

WHERE:
Evergreen Brickworks - Chimney Court

SUMMARY:
A continuation of our #100in1Day installation, Bowery Project is recycling donated milk crates into a beautiful, bountiful and useful living fence.  Thanks to the generous crate donation from the Yonge Street Mission and to the incredible volunteers from Education First Educational Tours over 80 crates are now being used to grow organic produce to be used for the Evergreen children's programming and to be given back to the food bank at the Yonge Street Mission.


WHAT:
100 in 1 Day Toronto - A Citizen-Driven Festival

WHEN:
June 7, 2014

WHERE:
Evergreen Brickworks - Chimney Court

SUMMARY:
As part of Toronto's #100in1Day event, Bowery Project will be collecting citizen's used milk crates of any colour to create a massive mobile urban farm.  All crates donated will be lined with landscape fabric, filled with soil, planted with edible seedlings and cared for through the growing season.  The crates will be onsite at Evergreen Brickworks and will be used throughout the summer and fall for children's programming.  All food harvested will be donated.


WHAT:
The Urban Agriculture Pavilion

WHEN:
April 25-27, 2014

WHERE:
The Green Living Show

SUMMARY:
A snapshot of farming in the city.

The Urban Agriculture Pavilion initiated by John Slack at Boreal Agrominerals showcases four innovative urban agricultural applications – a rooftop garden (Tridel’s at Aqualina at Bayside), urban farms (Everdale’s Black Creek Community Farm and Fresh City Farms), a milk crate farm (Bowery Project) and citywide farmer’s markets.

"How can you grow food in the most unlikely of places; how do you turn a food desert, a parking lot, or vacant land into a productive growing space?  Milk crate farms offer one solution - using recycled, readily available containers you can have a modular, mobile farm in the heart of the city.  Visit the Bowery Project booth to find out about where they will be growing this summer"