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August 29, 2007
Media Advisory Urban Farm celebration and Braeburn House opening
Councillor Maria Augimeri (Ward 9 York Centre) and representatives of the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority will join local youth to celebrate the end of season of the Urban Farm and the official opening of Braeburn House.

Date: Friday, August 31
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Urban Farm, 4929 Jane St.

Youth, between 16 and 24 years of age, from the local community have worked on the six acre Urban Farm since May to grow a variety of vegetables. The youth attended seminars on preparing the land and planting methods and received lessons on life skills. All the work was done manually with no motorized equipment. The resulting harvest of onions, peppers, cabbage, lettuce, tomatoes and squash will be donated to food relief programs, AIDS Hospices, and senior’s residences.

The event will include the opening of Braeburn House. Originally built in 1820 and moved from Weston to the present location, Braeburn House was donated by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. The building will be used for training, office space and community cooking.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact: Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline, 416-560-8726



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