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A variety of Urban Farm produce, including eggplant, squash, peppers and beets.

With more than 80 rooftop crops in production across two rooftop farms, the Urban Farm harvests more than 3,000 kilograms of fresh produce in a typical growing season.

How we grow

We farm using ecological methods that support the health and well-being of our surrounding ecosystem. Our produce is spray-free, meaning we do not use any pesticides, fungicides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers. To maintain soil fertility, we use crop rotations, mulches, cover crops and green manures, and apply natural soil amendments, such as compost, compost tea and seaweed emulsion.

Why is ecological rooftop farming important?

Ecological rooftop farms play an important role in mitigating the effects of climate change. Rooftop farms minimize the negative impacts of the urban, built environment by sequestering carbon, reducing the urban heat island, diverting stormwater, increasing biodiversity and supporting native pollinators. At the Urban Farm, we apply regenerative agricultural practices such as minimizing soil disturbance, keeping soil covered, maintaining living roots in the soil and growing a diverse range of crops, including wild plants.

Model of Thirds

To maximize the social impact of the harvest, the Urban Farm follows a model of thirds distribution plan. In this model, no less than one third is donated to the community, no more than one third is sold at market value, and one third is available at equitable rates for TMU students. This allows the harvest to be shared with as many members of the community as possible, while also generating revenue to sustain rooftop farm operations. This distribution system was developed by Urban Roots (external link)  in London, Ontario and was inspired by the Indigenous principles of reciprocity and honourable harvest.

How we distribute our produce


Donations are made available to the community through mutual aid and non-profit organizations that provide emergency food relief. Organizations that support the distribution of fresh produce from the Urban Farm have included the TMU Student Union’s Good Food Centre (external link) , Building Roots (external link) , Native Women’s Resource Centre (external link) , Community Fridges Toronto (external link) , the Bike Brigade (external link)  and the Toronto Metropolitan University University Pow Wow

If you would like to become a donation partner, please email us at

Market priced sales

Community members can purchase seasonal produce from June through October through our Garden Grab Bags or at the farm stand at the Summer Open Farm on the DCC or at the Farmers’ Market in the fall. The Urban Farm also supplies chefs at TMU Eats and the Oakham Café (external link) , where you can find delicious dishes made with fresh rooftop ingredients.

Affordable rates for TMU students

Rooftop-grown produce is available at student-friendly pricing at all points of sale at the Urban Farm. May through October, students can purchase produce at student rates through our Garden Grab Bags and at the weekly farm stand on the DCC at the Summer Open Farm or the Farmers Market. By offering equitable pricing for students, we aim to increase access to fresh produce and culturally significant crops grown through the Harvest Collective and Learning Circle and Indigenous Foodways programs at the Urban Farm.

Order a Garden Grab Bags

Available for pick up or delivery on Mondays from June to August, you can purchase a Garden Grab Bag harvested fresh from the farm, and make rooftop-grown produce a part of your next meal.

Visit our stand at the Summer Open Farm or the Farmers Market

On Wednesdays from June to September, visit our farm stand at the Summer Open Farm weekly drop-in event at the DCC rooftop or Farmers Market on Gould St. on select Tuesdays  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting mid-September until the end of October and take home fresh produce harvested on the day you purchase it!

The Urban Farm’s top ten crops

Ten icons representing the Urban Farm's top ten crops

1,923 cucumbers. 1,212 eggplants. 999 bags of salad mix. 585 bunches of swiss chard. 485 summer squash. 478 bunches of carrots. 457 pints of sweet peppers. 456 pints of cherry tomatoes. 342 heirloom tomatoes. 327 bunches of radishes.