The Social Planning Council of Sudbury, with support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, celebrated the launch of the Flour Mill Community Farm, Sudbury’s first urban farm, at a groundbreaking ceremony at Ryan Heights Park on May 17.
According to organizers, the urban farm will provide employment to youth who reside in the neighbourhood for a six-week contract beginning in July through the YMCA of Northeastern Ontario’s Youth Job Connections Summer Program.
Ecological urban agriculture will be the tool used to encourage the youths' development of teamwork, healthy work ethic, confidence building, and food literacy.
The youth will be tending to the urban farm which will be located on green space in the middle of the Ryan Heights housing complex and will be tasked with maintaining the daily operations of the market garden.
The youth will also have the opportunity to attend workdays on Mentor Farms across the region which will provide them with a sense of what is possible in terms of local agricultural production, as well as the opportunity to work for different employers.