Responding to the current food movement
Urban Crops is a unique and exciting educational initiative dedicated to sustainable farming practices, slow food, and localization.
The food movement in Toronto has found root and is now thriving as consumers province-wide are becoming more informed and insist on environmentally-friendly choices. We are riding that wave and intend to stay for the long haul.
For almost ten years, we have been designing and building local food systems and ecological farms, and our production cannot keep up with demand.
Our history of practice: How we help other growers
We started with a food-growing experiment called “the loft,” a project featuring over 200 plants in an industrial unit, both indoors and out. Today, we are the roadmap for landowners to build and operate their own farms, and we’ve worked with farmers, growers, restaurateurs and local food initiatives alike.
Over time, we have developed the systems and processes necessary to working with the natural forces of the region, drawing on everything we have learned about best practices.
Running a conventional farm is not easy and CSA farms require specialized tools and educational materials. We offer those tools, along with training and resources, through consultancy work and online courses.
Our own 65-acre, ecological farm in Schomberg, Ontario (Cavaleiro Farm), provides a model from which you can learn, while we work with you in designing and building your own.
Working together toward our common vision
Whether you are an ambitious entrepreneur wanting to make a difference or a seasoned professional thinking about your legacy, ecological farms offer a very attractive incentive for financial security and peace of mind.
This is not so much about farming as it is a means to an end; a way of finding good, local food and good health while encouraging responsible environmental practices.