Sustainable Urban Agriculture

The Community Roots project increases opportunities for Peel residents to connect with nature, understand their impact on the local food system through hands-on learning and take action to improve the health of their communities through neighbourhood projects. 

About the Project:

The Community Roots project is our newest urban agriculture project, emerging out of our Mississauga Sustainable Urban Agriculture project (2010-2015). The Community Roots project gives Ecosource the opportunity to expand its support to community groups and schools across Peel in food system education and sustainability action projects. Through Community Roots, we will continue to grow food and provide food system education/skills training at our Iceland Teaching Garden. The food we grow is donated to Eden Food For Change and sold through our #GrownInMississauga social enterprise. All proceeds from produce sales help support community programs.  The Community Roots project is made possible by the generosity of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

What’s Happening Right Now?

Free food system education field trips and workshops:
We offer free food system education field trips to our Iceland Teaching Garden and community garden sites. We also offer free workshops for schools and community groups. To learn more, click here.

Growing for Our Good
The Growing for Our Good skills training program is open to community members and runs throughout the growing season. Each session will focus on different sustainable cultivation techniques, soil building strategies, and food systems issues. For more information, click here.

#GrownInMississauga Produce:
We’re selling our #GrownInMississauga produce! Our produce is grown at our Iceland Teaching GardenWe sell our produce to school hospitality programs, restaurants (Studio 89), and at local famer’s market throughout the growing season. Learn more about what Farmer’s Markets we will attend this season, here. All proceeds from produce sales help support community programs offered through Community Roots.

Events: 
We have regular garden events happening at all of our garden location. See our events page for an event coming up soon!

Contact Us: 
If you are interested in learning more about our Community Roots project, email getgrowing@ecosource.ca or call 905-274-6222.

Project History:

The Community Roots project has developed out of our successful Mississauga Sustainable Urban Agriculture Project (MSURA). Through the MSURA project, a partnership with the Eden Community Food For Change, with support from the City of Mississauga and the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), we developed our feature urban agriculture site, the Iceland Teaching Garden and provided a variety of educational programs. During the MSURA project, we:

  • Opened the Iceland Teaching Garden, a 15,000 square foot organic food growing space.
  • Increased access to fresh, healthy, local foods for food bank clients in Mississauga through food donations and food growing educational opportunities.
  • Focused on community research in partnership with students at the UofT Mississauga (see below for more information about student projects).
  • Developed food growing training programs for youth and community members.
  • Collaborated on the Food Security Task Force through the Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy to move equitable access to a sustainable food system forward in our community.
  • Supported student project opportunities.
  • Offered free field trips for schools and community groups in Peel.

For more information on our MSURA project, check out our past newsletters.
We continue to support new student projects. If you are interested in a student project, email getgrowing@ecosource.ca for details.