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Scaling up Urban Agriculture in Toronto: Building the Infrastructure

Scaling up Urban Agriculture in Toronto: Building the Infrastructure

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Scaling up Urban Agriculture inToronto
Building the Infrastructure
Metcalf Food Solutions
Joseph Nasr, Rod MacRae & James Kuhns with Martin Danyluk, Penny Kaill-Vinish,Marc Michalak & Abra Snider
June 2010
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Metcalf Foundation
 The Metcalf Foundation helps Canadians imagine and build a just, healthy,and creative society by supporting dynamic leaders who are strengthening theircommunities, nurturing innovative approaches to persistent problems, andencouraging dialogue and learning to inform action.
Joseph Nasr
is an independent scholar, lecturer, and consultant based inToronto. He is co-coordinator of MetroAg – Alliance for Urban Agriculture andpresident of the Urban Agriculture Network. Recently, he co-curated thetravelling exhibit
Carrot City: Designing for Urban Agriculture
. He has taughtat universities in several countries, including courses on urban food security andurban agriculture through Ryerson University, where he is an Associate at theCentre for Studies in Food Security. He is co-author or co-editor of three books(including
Urban Agriculture: Food, Jobs and Sustainable Cities
) and author of dozens of articles. He holds a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.
Rod MacRae
is an assistant professor at York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies. A food policy analyst, over the past 25 years, he has worked for governments, businesses, and NGOs on the transition to sustainableand health-promoting food systems. He was the first coordinator of the TorontoFood Policy Council. Rod holds a doctorate from McGill University.
James Kuhns
works in urban agriculture and food security–relatedactivities. He is the president of James Kuhns Urban Issues, co-coordinator of the MetroAg – Alliance for Urban Agriculture, and an Associate at the RyersonCentre for Food Studies in Food Security, where he teaches online coursesconcerning urban agriculture. He is the immediate past president of the American Community Gardening Association and a member of the TorontoFood Policy Council. He holds a M.Sc. in agricultural development from theUniversity of London.
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  We owe considerable thanks to some people who reviewed the paper oroffered valuable insights: Jodi Callan, Russ Christianson, Elbert vanDonkersgoed, Peter Dorfman, Sunday Harrison, Wayne Roberts, Wally Seccombe, and Rhonda Teitel-Payne. We especially thank Philippa Campsie forher hard work editing this report.
Additional Reports
  Additional reports based on studies that served as background research forthis paper can be found at http://urbangrowers.wordpress.com.

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