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The Rouge National Urban Park has confirmed that it will retain the existing farmland in this new Toronto landmark. The 75 farms make up about 60% of the park’s expected area. (The boundaries are yet to be confirmed.) There could be some tremendous urban agriculture and demonstration farm opportunities in this huge space.
Having been defined as “A People’s Park”, the final decisions will be based on the preferences revealed from a recently launched on-line survey. With sufficiently broad support from people wishing to have fascinating demonstration farms and food education facilities conveniently within the city, this could soon become a reality. Diners who understand how their food is properly grown and processed are more likely to feel more comfortable enjoying the value for their restaurant meals. Likewise, homemakers who understand all the effort involved with providing good ingredients will feel pleased to support farmers with fair prices.
This survey will be closed on September 15th.