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February 3, 2009
City to host expert panel on urban food production
The City’s Parks and Environment Committee has invited a number of experts on urban food production to speak at its meeting on February 5. These experts in the field of urban agriculture will help the City of Toronto identify how it can best support the urban food production movement and address the associated opportunities and constraints. The development of a food policy for the City of Toronto is a component of the Climate Change, Clean Air and Sustainable Energy Action Plan, which was unanimously endorsed by City Council in July 2007.

Date: Thursday, February 5
Time: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Committee Room 1, 2nd Floor, Toronto City Hall

Expert panel members include Lauren Baker, Director of the Ontario Alliance for Healthy Food and Farming; Rhonda Teitel-Payne, Urban Agriculture Manager at The Stop Community Food Centre; Solomon Boyé, City of Toronto Community Gardens Program Co-ordinator; Debbie Field, Executive Director of Foodshare; and James Kuhns and Joe Nasr from MetroAg, the Alliance for Urban Agriculture.

Special guest Paula Sobie will also discuss SPIN (Small Plot Intensive) Farming and the business City Harvest, which she started and now operates in Victoria, B.C.

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 numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Councillor Paula Fletcher, Chair, Parks and Environment Committee, 416-392-4060,
Lawson Oates, Director, Toronto Environment Office, 416-392-9744,



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