On behalf of the Junction Farm Fest’s coordinating team….
A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to all the sponsors, supporters, volunteers, farmers, organizations and the overwhelmingly supportive Junction community who helped make the 1st Annual Junction Farm FEST such a successful and fun-filled event!
And a very special thank you to Lawrence Andres from Harmony Organic who, in a conversation with Jeff Brown from Delight, came up with the fantastic idea for a “farm in the city” event.
The aim of Farm Fest was to strengthen ties between the urban neighbourhood and the local farms that help to feed it, and to educate children about their food sources.
There were 15 activity stations and over 500 people in attendance. We had a steady flow of visitors throughout the day, despite the heat. Kids (and adults) were engaged in all sorts of activities, including composting with worms, painting their favourite vegetables, making butter, tasting local honey, sampling organic chocolate milk, and meeting the goats, sheep, chickens and bees.
Toronto City Councillor Sarah Doucette and Toronto Police Service Chief Bill Blair were in attendance and actively engaged in some of the activities as well.
The marching band Rambunctious livened things up in the afternoon at both locations.
We received a lot of great feedback, most of which was overwhelmingly positive.
Thank you for supporting local, sustainable, and ethical farming and for being instrumental in the success of our educational event.
Best rest of summer to you all and hope to see you next year!
Heather Wray, Leilani Coverly, Jessica Latimer, Cara Reeves, Luc Cesta, Alec Popovic-Lane, Margaret Laycock, Laura Repo, Kris Wannan, Deirdre Callery, Jon Trendos, Nick Gair and John Williams
Michael Louis Johnson and his band Rambunctious
SARAH DOUCETTE and CHRIS HASKIM for their support throughout
JUSTIN AND STEPHAN from UNITED REPUBLIC OF PROPERTIES for kindly offering their Junction Platform Space
The TORONTO POLICE SERVICE 11 DIVISION for allowing us to use their parking lot
ROB PLAYTER for taking care of all our printing needs
JAN KECK for offering to be our videographer
STEFANO PAOLONE for donating his time and skills to make our beautiful wooden nametags