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Flour Mill Community Farm holding event to celebrate its 5th growing season

Go on a tour of the farm Aug. 18, buy some locally grown veggies
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Best Ijomah is one of the students who worked in Flour Mill Community Farm in the summer of 2020. (Heather Green-Oliver/Sudbury.com)

The Social Planning Council of Sudbury is celebrating the fifth growing season at their Flour Mill Community Farm site with an Aug. 18 event.

The event, which runs 1-4 p.m. that day, will feature youth-lead farm tours and a market booth to provide visitors a chance to purchase some of the produce being grown at the farm.

The Social Planning Council of Sudbury’s youth employment program uses urban agriculture as a tool for employment and life-skills development for young people aged 15-18, often from equity-seeking populations. 

Since its establishment as Sudbury’s first urban farm in 2017, the Social Planning Council of Sudbury and the YMCA have helped to secure summer jobs through this project for over 30 young people who have produced thousands of pounds of food for the community. 

“The different cohorts of youth have been working so hard year after year to keep the urban farm up and running,” stated Fionna Tough, the current co-ordinator for the Flour Mill Community Farm, in a release. 

“This year we have 16 young people working at the farm, two of them being former youth workers who have returned for a second year in mentorship positions. The youth would love to see the public at the event to show off the fruits of their labour this season.” 

The Flour Mill Community Farm is located next to the Ryan Heights Playground, behind the Ryan Heights housing complex. The event will follow Covid-19 safety measures and will require all attendees to wear a mask.

For more information, please contact flourmillcommunityfarm@spcsudbury.ca and/or cverrilli@spcsudbury.ca