Growing Together: Food Justice in Malvern

Food growing, distribution and literacy programs for all ages

Food insecurity is a critical and ongoing issue across Malvern and Scarborough. The Growing Together Team works to support food justice across Malvern and Scarborough in three main ways:
 
  1. Growing. Working with community members to increase access to fresh, healthy, and culturally relevant foods. 
  2. Distributing. Selling and donating fresh food to community members and neighbourhood food initiatives like the Muslim Welfare Centre, the Malvern Food Bank,
    and the Community Fridge and Pantry.  
  3. Educating.  Engaging partners, resident-led
    groups, and community members of all ages in discussions, workshops, and learning opportunities related to food, climate change,
    and biodiversity. 
a handful of grain, possibly wheat.

Malvern Urban Farm

Malvern Urban Farm, a 2-acre urban farm located in the Finch hydro corridor, supports 16 farmers and their families to grow culturally relevant produce. It officially launched in April 2021, after seven years of community consultations, negotiations with stakeholders, and other preparations. This farm is one of two farms in the City of Toronto’s Community Engagement and Entrepreneurial Development (CEED) garden program, which has two goals: creating opportunities for residents to generate supplemental income, and increasing the availability of fresh, culturally appropriate foods in neighbourhoods with high rates of food insecurity. 

a high tunnel or hoop house. Like a greenhouse but intended for seasonal extension instead of permanent structure for year-round climate control. It’s located in the Find Hydro Corridor and supports 16 farmers and their families to grow culturally relevant produce.

Farmers’ Market

Produce from the farm is sold at the Malvern Urban Farm Farmers’ Market, which runs on Wednesday evenings in July-October from  4-7 pm.

Our weekly, seasonal farmers’ market features:

  • Produce grown at Malvern Urban Farm by the community farmers.
  • Activity tables.
  • Hot food from local restaurants/caterers. 
  • Information on other MFRC and neighbourhood events.  
A photo of Community & Family Program Services Manager Amy Semenuk. She is wearing a tan winter coat and holding a bouquet of basil. She is joined by several other volunteers in similar winter attire, standing in front of a table of bitter melon, celery, okra and misc. herbs and greens.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program

A Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program is a vegetable subscription program that supports our growing initiatives. This program features produce from Malvern Urban Farm and the hydroponic microfarm at 90 Littles Road. Every subscription purchased supports the Growing Together team’s ongoing food security work in the community. More information to come.   

An assortment of youth and teens participating at our hydroponic micro farm, that is on site at 90 Littles Road. They are in the process of working towards their vegetable subscription growing initiative.

Check out our
program schedule

For more information and to get
involved with MFRC’s Growing
Together programs, please contact:

Growing Together: Food Justice in Malvern

a handful of grain, possibly wheat.

Food growing, distribution and literacy programs for all ages

Food insecurity is a critical and ongoing issue across Malvern and Scarborough. The Growing Together Team works to support food justice across Malvern and Scarborough in three main ways: 

  1. Growing. Working with community members to increase access to fresh, healthy, and culturally relevant foods. 
  2. Distributing. Selling and donating fresh food to community members and neighbourhood food initiatives like the Muslim Welfare Centre, the Malvern Food Bank, and the Community Fridge and Pantry.  
  3. Educating.  Engaging partners, resident-led groups, and community members of all ages in discussions, workshops, and learning opportunities related to food, climate change, and biodiversity. 
A photo of Community & Family Program Services Manager Amy Semenuk. She is wearing a tan winter coat and holding a bouquet of basil. She is joined by several other volunteers in similar winter attire, standing in front of a table of bitter melon, celery, okra and misc. herbs and greens.

Malvern Urban Farm

Malvern Urban Farm, a 2-acre urban farm located in the Finch hydro corridor, supports 16 farmers and their families to grow culturally relevant produce. It officially launched in April 2021, after seven years of community consultations, negotiations with stakeholders, and other preparations. This farm is one of two farms in the City of Toronto’s Community Engagement and Entrepreneurial Development (CEED) garden program, which has two goals: creating opportunities for residents to generate supplemental income, and increasing the availability of fresh, culturally appropriate foods in neighbourhoods with high rates of food insecurity. 

a high tunnel or hoop house. Like a greenhouse but intended for seasonal extension instead of permanent structure for year-round climate control. It’s located in the Find Hydro Corridor and supports 16 farmers and their families to grow culturally relevant produce.

Farmers’ Market

Produce from the farm is sold at the Malvern Urban Farm Farmers’ Market, which runs on Wednesday evenings in July-October from  4-7 pm. 

Our weekly, seasonal farmers’ market features:  

  • Produce grown at Malvern Urban Farm by the community farmers
  • Activity tables
  • Hot food from local restaurants/caterers 
  • Information on other MFRC and neighbourhood events  
An assortment of youth and teens participating at our hydroponic micro farm, that is on site at 90 Littles Road. They are in the process of working towards their vegetable subscription growing initiative.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program

A Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program is a vegetable subscription program that supports our growing initiatives. This program features produce from Malvern Urban Farm and the hydroponic microfarm at 90 Littles Road. Every subscription purchased supports the Growing Together team’s ongoing food security work in the community. More information to come.   

Check out our
program schedule

For more information and
to get involved with
MFRC’s Growing Together programs, please contact:

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