Bowery Project works with developers to transform their vacant spaces into vibrant community hubs
TAS design build @ 2 tecumseth street 2018-2019
Our first season at 2 Tecumseth began in May of 2018 with a re-location of crates from Alexandra Park with an amazing crew of guys from the Screaming Eagles mens group and was put in place and planted by an incredible bunch from TAS. The 500 milk crate farm has created a welcoming green space amidst a lot which has been vacant since 2014 when Quality Meats had to shut down this slaughter house. The mini-milk crate farm is growing herbs and flowers and there are also three hives onsite making honey which are taken care of by Alveole. The space is open to the community and all will be free to snip mint, thyme, parsley, rosemary, dill, sage and other fresh herbs to add to their home-cooked meals! We have also been donating herbs to the Homes First shelter down the street.
SIDEWALK LABS @ 307 LAKESHORE BOULEVARD EAST 2018-2019
Bowery is thrilled to be a part of the Sidewalk TO headquarters. The edible 'Learning Garden' is a green, sustainable, experiential and delicious attraction at 307 Lake Shore, complimenting the site animated with building blocks, shipping containers with various food vendors, stage and bike stations. Growing in our milk crates are various herbs and pollinator flowers which will be used by Sidewalk staff and community, donated to neardby food banks and sold to local restaurants. Bowery has also installed Toronto's first mobile orchard - we are growing several varieties of apple and pear trees which will move around as needed while Sidewalk adapts this site to its various events. Sidewalk hosts many engagement events throughout the summer and Bowery will be there offering exciting hands-on workshops.
OBEN FLATS @ 307 SHERBOURNE STREET 2016-2019
Our fourth season at Sherbourne and Gerrard will begin in May of 2019 . The 1500 milk crate farm has transformed this site which had been vacant for over two decades and is owned by the 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 (NWRC) and are always looking for more local groups to participate. This site has also hosted countless school groups, hands-on CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) events, guided group visits for the Grey to Green Conference. The produce grown onsite is donated to the NWRC and sold to local chefs Brad Long of Cafe Belong in the Evergreen Brickworks and Adam Alguire from Cafe Can Can.
Evergreen Brick Works 2015-2019
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 100 crates are still being used to grow organic produce that continues to be included in the children's programming.
Curated Properties & Windmill Developments @ The Plant 2018
Furthering the intention for The Plant's 'green philosophy', where developers Curated and Windmill have partnered to make a sustainably built condo with a focus on 'terrace-to-table' living, Bowery installed a 500 milk crate farm at their on-site sales centre. Engaging the development team for the installation, planting days, maintenance, harvesting and more, Bowery was thrilled to be providing such a meaningful and appropriate corporate social responsibility opportunity. Through literally getting their hands in the dirt, the experiential education provided through urban farming consciously connected the team both to the environment and to each other. The food grown on-site was harvested and used by chefs for events at the sales centre and was also donated to a local food bank.
bar Begonia - now Fet Zun - 2016-2019
Anthony Rose and his partner Rob Wilder from Rose and Sons Restaurant’s Bar Begonia (just revamped as Fet Zun) had space to spare and wanted the freshest herbs possible so they came to Bowery for a solution. 50 found crates growing herbs and edible flowers make a unique entrance - fun, colourful and spunky - just like Anthony and Rob.