Fri, Nov 27, 2015: Rouge National Urban Park Proposal - working group meeting

Please join us for a Community Sustainability Working Group meeting for the Sustainable Agriculture, Rouge National Urban Park, Rouge Park Project (RPP) at 7pm on Friday, November 27th at Arisu restaurant 584 Bloor Street West, Toronto.

Subject: Food security through Sustainable Agriculture in Rouge National Urban Park (Rouge Park Project)

Vision: Promote sustainable agriculture for farmers and visitors in the Park through education, demonstration and practice.

Setting the context: Subjective beneficiary will be the farmers in the Park and visitors to the Park. They will learn to experiment sustainable agriculture in the farms in the Park and in the urban environment for the visitors. This new opportunity would teach the beneficiary to experiment sustainable agriculture in peri-urban, urban and rural setting. Sustainable agriculture touches bases on many modern-day issues directly or indirectly like soil, water, GHG, climate change, waste, transportation, energy, technology, nature, resources, food security, quality of food, health, justice, governance, peace, quality of life, and so on.

Key Strategies: There are two target audiences to serve: farmers in the Park and visitors to the Park. Strategies will be developed for each of these two groups. Context will reflect on each different situation for these two groups. The farmers and the park’s board would be consulted in the process and a final presentation material will be produced.

Key Strategy 1: The Rouge Park Farmers – fostering a new way of farming in food security through community sustainability, amending farmland to accommodate natural or organic farming including new and traditional farming technology. Project to engage with the farmers for sustainable agriculture would be developed.

Key Strategy 2: the visitors to the Rouge Park and adjacent Toronto Zoo – these seasonal visitors would be the majorities that are targeted to provide them opportunity to learn about urban food production and environmental issues in cities. A central visitors’ centre will be proposed where they can learn about urban foods and various environmental issues within their cities. A new farming practice in peri-urban setting can apply to cities.

Key Strategy 3: A final presentation will be produced after series of consultation with the communities of farmers, municipalities and the Park’s board. Official presentation may take place in due course. This Key Strategy may call for funding to prepare a professional presentation material.

Presentation Materials from the Sub-committee: Possibility of such material prep should be studied for funding.

Rouge National Urban Park: This is the largest urban park under a federal government’s new and recent mandate.

Rouge National Urban Park Management Plan 2014: A management plan was drafted in 2014 with vision and, strategies to implement the strategies by 2025. SfP sub-committee would make the Rouge Park Project to partly meet or exceed what the management plan is designed to achieve.

Farmers: There are large numbers farmers and farm land within the boundary of the Park that is targeted to engage.

Visitors: Seasonal visitors to the Rouge Park including adjacent Toronto Zoo from the adjacent southern Ontario municipalities are the second group to provide them with the opportunities by visiting a new visitor’s centre where they can learn and play roles in their own way for community sustainability through urban farming.

Sub-committee chair: Harry Ha trained and worked as architect in Canada. He is interested in urban sustainability.

Sub-committee members: Harry Ha, Jean Lee, and more members are needed to join in the group.

Centre for Urban Sustainability of Toronto (CUS-T): This is the SfP working group ‘CURRENTS’ documentation. PDF file is available, if requested. This is a reference material for our Rouge Park Project (CUS-T at Rouge Park)