THANK YOU!!!

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.

Cathy from Cathy's Crawly Composters teaching kids about worms.

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.

Val (Heartwood Farms), Darlene (Toronto Chickens) and Lynn (Local Food Plus) posing with Chief Blair and Ms. Hen

The marching band Rambunctious livened things up in the afternoon at both locations.

Rambunctious!

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!

Mama goat who was gracious enough to let visitors feed her and her kids.

THE COORDINATING TEAM
Lynn Bishop
Jeff Brown
Darryl King
Linda and Ken Clements
Daniela Paolone
 
THE SPONSORS
Butcher by Nature, Centre for Health and Well Being, Delight Chocolate, Fifth Town, Harmony Organic, Junction BIA, Junction Fromagerie, Junction Residents Association, Kaleidoscope Photography, Lindsey Jacobs, Local Food Plus, The Beet, The Sweet Potato
 
THE FARMERS AND PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS
Harmony Organic, Heartwood Farm, All Sorts Acres, Toronto Chickens, Foodshare, The Stop, Cathy’s Crawly Composters, Toronto Beekeepers Co-op, Local Food Plus, Field Trip Toronto, City Seed Farms, Sorauren Farmers’ Market, Green 13, Future Watch, Junction Residents Association
 
THE JUNCTION BUSINESS SUPPORTERS
Curry Twist, Snug as a Bug, High Park Spicy House, Vesuvio, Latitude 44, Lowes, SanctionSkate, Domino’s Pizza, Philippa C. Photography, Tailwaggers, Eclectic Revival, B & T Signs, Learn Sitar, Baan Thai, T & D Appliance, Sunnyside Cafe, The Book Exchange, Martin’s, Cornerstone, Tara Marcinkowski (Naturopathic Doctor)
 

THE VOLUNTEERS

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

THE MUSICIANS

Michael Louis Johnson and his band Rambunctious

SPECIAL THANKS

 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

See you all next year…

We would like to thank all our amazing volunteers, sponsors, community supporters and participants for making Junction Farm Fest a HUGE SUCCESS!

Hope to see you all next year!

Feel free to view our Photo Gallery.

 

The Junction Brings the Farm to the City

Hey farm lovers, have you marked the date yet?

Junction Farm Fest is only ten days away: Saturday, July 23!

Here is our updated list of participating organizations, farmers and local sustainable food lovers who are going to be sharing their knowledge with us. Come meet them and give them a hug for caring about our food and our environment!

And don’t forget to say hello to the animals and the wonderful, hardworking farmers who care for them!

JUNCTION TRAIN PLATFORM – North side of Dundas St., between Pacific Ave. and Medland St. (11-5)

Harmony Organic: chocolate milk samples from truck

Foodshare: Pollinators, Foodprints, Butter

The Stop: Urban agriculture activity

Cathy’s Composters: Vermiculture activity

Toronto Beekeepers Co-op: Beekeeping activitites

Local Food Plus: Local sustainable taste test

Field Trip Toronto: Info on field trips to local sustainable farms

Treeworkers: Child’s introduction to apple making

City Seed Farms: Bicycle powered urban farming

Sorauren Farmers’ Market

Green 13

Junction Residents Association

TORONTO POLICE 11 Division Grounds – 209 Mavety St. just north of Annette St. (11-5)

Harmony Organics: Cow/Calf

Heartwood Farm: Goats

All Sorts Acres: Sheep and wool activity

Toronto Chickens: Backyard coop with hens

Posters are ready!!!

A call for VOLUNTEERS!



The 1st Annual Junction Farm Fest will be held on Saturday July 23 from 11am to 5pm.

The event will be held at two locations.

Toronto Police Service, 11 Division (209 Mavety St.): sustainably raised farm animals including a cow/calf, sheep, lambs, goats and chickens.

Junction Train Platform (2954 Dundas St. W): Hands on activities including pollination, beekeeping sponsored by Food Share, urban gardening sponsored by the Stop, vermiculture and more!


The main sponsors are Local Food Plus, an organization committed to building a sustainable food system, Junction Fromagerie, Delight Chocolate, the Beet, the Sweet Potato and the Junction Residents Association.

We are looking for VOLUNTEERS to help distribute posters to local businesses to help promote this event.

We are also in need of 20 to 24 volunteers to help on the day of the event.

Each volunteer would need to commit to approximately three hours on the day of the event at one of the twelve stations.

No special skills required.

Easy and enjoyable!

Interested parties should respond to lwclements@gmail.com.

Thank you!

JUNCTION FARM FEST!!!

 

 

JUNCTION FARM FEST!!!
July 23, 11-5

A children’s educational event that focuses on local, sustainable agricultural production.

Meet and interact with local Ontario farmers and their animals.

Hands on activities, demonstrations, food samples and more!

EVERYONE WELCOME!!!