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Food Column: Elton on an Urban Agricultural Education

There's a high school on Gerrard Street, just down from Chinatown East, with a grey fa├žade that doesn't stand out much from the streetscape. But according to our food columnist Sarah Elton, there's something happening on the roof of Eastdale Collegiate that is sure to draw attention. A partnership between the Toronto District School Board and the non-profit organization FoodShare, with funding from Live Green Toronto, has created a rooftop urban agriculture education space that science teacher David Servos, says is a valuable teaching aid for his classes. The program is in its first season and already the students are growing vegetables on the roof that they sell at farmers markets, to the George Brown restaurant, The Chef's House, and at a west end location called The HogTown Cure. The plan is also for students in the culinary arts program at Eastdale, to cook the food grown on the roof and then serve these healthy meals to students. Listen audio (runs 6:23) 

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