Sprout continues with Part 2 of the Toronto Urban Growers Interview with Rhonda Teitel-Payne, delving deeper into the opportunities and constraints in Toronto's Urban Agriculture initiatives.

Check out Part 1 prior to reading this post, found below. 

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Toronto has a vibrant urban agricultural community that is pushing the envelope on how the practice is regulated in the City. Sprout had the opportunity to interview a key member, Rhonda Teitel-Payne, a coordinator at Toronto Urban Growers (TUG); an association of diverse organizations with different perspectives on urban agriculture that have come together to share information and drive policy change in the City. One exciting new project that is coming to Toronto this summer is the CEED project which stands for Community Eco Economic Development. This interview looks in-depth at the CEED project, TUG's role in driving change and highlights some of the opportunities and challenges ahead. The interview will be posted in two parts and we encourage the reader to take part in discussions in the comment section below. 

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As co-founder of the Evidence-Based Landscape Architecture (EBLA) movement with fellow professor Dr. Robert Corry (OALA, CSLA), a brainstorming session with this team was a first priority on Sprout’s Research Hub To-Do list. We met with Brown to explore the idea of there being Evidence-Based Landscape Architecture and that research might be informing what Sprout’s doing, not just for professionals but also for how communities are using their lands and empowering them to take a leadership role.

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Sprout is introducing a new Research Component to its program that explores topics that can range from first-hand project experiences to larger scale questions of design and engagement. We are tabling discussions that build on local experience through grounded theory to encourage different ways of thinking landscape.

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The latest Ephemera Journal has come out with a focus on cities including this little gem exploring low-budget landscapes. Author Krzysztof Herman notes how common it is for budgets of landscape projects to run into the millions and presents examples in her native Poland where low-cost approaches using re-purposed materials and with a focus on community action have produced successful projects.

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We had a great time at the 2015 Toronto Park Summit this past Saturday at Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park. Since 2010, the park summit has been an annual celebration of parks in Toronto, attended by park users, park advocates, City staff, not-for-profits and other stakeholders.This year, the theme of "Inspiration from Across Canada" brought park enthusiasts and success stories of parks projects from the GTA and across the country.

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After a lengthy application process, Sprout has been officially incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in Ontario!

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