Toronto farmer fostering food justice community

The climate crisis impacts almost every part of our lives, including the food we eat. One Toronto farmer is using a community driven form of agriculture to do more than feed society.

“Having a local food movement directly correlates to climate justice,” said Cheyenne Sundance. a farmer and the founder of Sundance Harvest, Toronto’s first justice-centered urban farm.

Floods, droughts, and wildfires are among the threats to traditional crop growing seasons each year, causing ebbs and flows in the products available as well as the cost to buy it and often, driving up the cost for Canadians.

But many farmers in Canada are re-thinking the traditional approach and finding ways to adapt to the changing climate.

“It’s hard to imagine it worse than it is now because what I’m seeing is pretty scary,” said Sundance. Supporting local urban farming communities can also be a more carbon-friendly option for the food we buy and eat.

Sundance Harvest is located in a greenhouse in Downsview Park in the North York neighbourhood. She sells her seasonal produce, but at just 23-years-old, Sundance’s favourite part of her farm is mentoring the next generation of urban farmers.

If communities had the space and tools to provide for themselves, eating fresh food, grown in their own neighborhood, could be a possibility and Sundance is trying to make that a reality through free programming she offers.

“I teach people to reconnect with the Earth,” she said.

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