Farm Lot – Lights Camera Action

For it’s final summer event, The Farm Lot hosted a free Film Screening on the eve of the opening night of the Toronto International Film Festival, celebrating a the new documentary Food Fighters devoted to urban agriculture projects in and around Toronto.

While Tiff parties carried on down the street, the Farm Lot held two screenings of the film Food Fighters, a documentary that focuses on the big impact of tiny urban farms. Coupled with Gourmet Popcorn from Urban Acorn, Beer provided by Steamwhistle, and a beautiful September evening, the Farm Lot screenings made for an exceptionally enjoyable evening.

The Farm Lot partners – Fresh City Farms, Berry Fresh, TAS, and the Detox Market – were happy to host this event. The film starred the Farm Lot’s very own Fresh City Farms, along with West End Food Co-op, PARCFoodshare, Scadding Court Community Centre and Afri-Can FoodBasket. All these groups focus on how to connect people to a local food system, be it through production of food through urban agriculture, distribution through farmers markets or co-ops, or promoting awareness through activity programs. Best of all, all of these places are based in Toronto.

About to wrap up it’s second successful season, the Farm Lot was begun initially in 2013 as a joint venture between TAS and Fresh City Farms. It has only grown overtime, adding Berry Fresh as  new partner this year, hosting more events, and becoming a mainstay of the summer scene on King Street West.

It is indeed, a mini-version of the farms portrayed in the film itself. Small plots of veggies are grown on site by Fresh City Farms, while Berry Fresh runs a market stand that provides fresh local Ontario produce to passersby on King Street West. The Farm Lot will be wrapping up in October this year, so make sure to stop by before we close down for the season!