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Watch how the university is growing culturally significant crops with two new initiatives

This video takes you through the new rooftop farm at the Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex
By: Irina Vukosavic
November 04, 2022

Video credit: Jaye Huynh.

On October 6, the Urban Farm hosted a Harvest Party at the Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex (DCC) to celebrate the launch of two new initiatives - the Indigenous Foodways Project and the Black Food Sovereignty initiative.  As part of the City of Toronto‚Äôs Green Roof bylaw, the DCC rooftop is the first purpose-built rooftop farm that incorporates food growing and community engagement. 

Nicole Austin surrounded by plants in the urban farm on the green roof.

Nicole Austin, Black Food Sovereignty Engagement Coordinator, among the crops at the DCC rooftop. Photo credit: Jaye Huynh.

The Harvest Collective and Learning Circle is a Black Food Sovereignty initiative that engages Black students, faculty, staff and the broader community through the sharing of food, from farm to table. The Indigenous Foodways program promotes Indigenous wisdom and traditional agricultural practices through knowledge exchange and community engagement. 


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