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July 5, 2004
Media Advisory: Local farm shares crops with community groups
  
Toronto Public Health staff are joining community agencies tomorrow to harvest
crops from a local family farm. Four school buses will bring participants to
Whittamore Farms in Scarborough where they will gather fruits and vegetables
for their own consumption and for distribution through the agencies and food
banks.

Date: Tuesday, July 6

Time: 9:30 a.m. - noon

Location: Whittamore Farms, Scarborough
(8100 Steeles Ave. E. - Meadowvale/Steeles)

Allowing people to take food from farmers' fields is called "gleaning", a
common practice centuries ago when farmers were encouraged to leave some of the
extras in the fields for those less fortunate.

"Today the term gleaning is expanding to include restaurants, stores, farmers'
markets, cafeterias, and food manufacturers," said Toronto Public Health
Dietician Pamela Haines. "The intent of this initiative is to increase access
to nutritious food for individuals who lack option."

Scarborough resident Mike Whittamore said he is pleased to open his farm to the
community. "It's an excellent opportunity to share our bounty with others," he
said. "I hope this project expands to many other farms in the area."

This is the first of three farm trips this summer involving groups that include
Toronto Community Housing Corporation, Agincourt Community Services
Association, East York/East Toronto Family Resource Centre, East Toronto
Seventh Day Adventist Church and Senior Link/Neighbourhood Link.

Media contact:
Susan Sperling, Media Relations, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7974



 

 

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