Malvern Urban Farm is a 2 acre urban farm located in the hydroelectric corridor at Morningside avenue and Neilson avenue in Scarborough, Ontario. 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.
Through an application and interview process, 16 community members have been invited to be community farmers.
- They have access to approx. 2000 square feet of farm space.
- They have access to shared equipment and infrastructure.
- They keep any money they make from their farming activities.
Community farmers are also the exclusive produce vendors at the Malvern Urban Farm Farmers’ Market, which runs July-October on Wednesday evenings, 4-7pm, at 90 Littles Road.
Farm staff, volunteers, and Malvern Aboriginal Child and Family Centre grow food to be donated, through community organizations such as the Muslim Welfare Centre, Malvern Food Bank, and MFRC’s COVID Equity project.
Malvern Urban Farm is grateful for support from the Weston Family Foundation, United Way, and the City of Toronto, and for the partnership of Toronto Urban Growers, UTSC, Scarborough Food Network, Flemo Farm, Malvern Aboriginal Child and Family Centre, and 42 Voices.