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Latest Activity: Dec 5, 2012
Hey Occupy Toronto foodies: Instead of holing up inside the basement of a city-owned building on Queen West, you should come to the basement of the Community Health Centre in Parkdale.
Here, something truly radical is brewing: the first food co-operative built in Toronto in 28 years.
By next spring, the West End Food Co-operative will appear like a small grocery store in the basement of the community centre, its wooden shelves stocked with locally grown vegetables and locally made soaps. In the centre of the store will be a kitchen, where store employees will lead workshops with clients from upstairs. Workshops could include cooking with sex workers, or teaching Roma refugee families how to can tomatoes. And there will be a small caf, where members can pick up a cup of fair-trade coffee and warm peach pie, made from the extra peaches a local farmer dropped off.
The store wont be owned by distant, unknown shareholders. It will be owned by the people who shop there, work there and the farmers who supply it.
Every time I go by or through the Central Experimental Farm (CEF), I amalways struck by the fact that this is an enormous and potentiallyhugely valuable resource that, to my mind at least, is…Continue
Started by Transition Ottawa (/jd). Last reply by Ron St. Louis Aug 26, 2010.