CAN (ON): New urban farm greenhouses draw praise

A non-profit urban farm in London is celebrating the building of two greenhouses with a commitment to grow more safe and affordable food for Londoners this year.

“Those greenhouses are going to enable us to extend the season, so we can start growing earlier and we can grow later. It will mean we will get more food to people,” Becky Ellis, executive director of Urban Roots London, said.

The non-profit organization is expecting to harvest 26,000 pounds this year, up from 22,000 last year, and essential as food prices rise, Ellis said. The bulk of that – about 15,000 pounds – will be purchased by the Middlesex-London health unit for its pop-up markets offering free food, she said.

The rest will be sold at below-market rates, Ellis said. “We’re most interested in providing food that’s very affordable for people. We believe everybody has the right to healthy, delicious, fresh food that’s been grown organically,” she said.


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