Hi, I’m Antonio, Urban Crops founder and In 2009 I started a food growing experiment called the loft because I wanted to understand food. The result was 200 square feet growing over 70 varieties of plants and providing limitless fresh food for 2 adults.
I learned first hand that local food had great opportunities for business, society and the environment and I wanted to be part of it, so I started Urban Crops in 2011 in order to design more local food systems.
Over the past 7 YEARS we have worked with farmers, restaurants and local food organizations to grow. 24 CLIENTS have been able to improve their local food business by connecting to nature. Thanks to the thousands of local food eaters in the Greater Toronto Area.
In 2014 we moved our headquarters from Toronto to Schomberg in order for the opportunity to start a 65 acre ecological farm called Cavaleiro Farm. What we learned over the last 4 years is very valuable to landowners and change makers.
Ecological farms are the food of the future and we are in the early stages. As eaters demand to know more about their food and environment, so to will the demand for local food grow.
The challenge today is that building ecological farms is very difficult and we don’t have time. The next 10 years will see significant changes to land ownership and there isn’t enough new farmers.
Our vision at Urban Crops is to create a road map for other landowners and land-stewards to quickly build and operate an ecological farm.