Ryerson University, located in downtown Toronto, boasts a rooftop urban farm that builds a strong community through principles of ecological consistency and inclusivity-favoring safe spaces. The initiative hosts programs that engage Ryerson students, faculty and the public with the value and potential of an agriculture system that is established within a metropolitan infrastructure. It explores production through a sustainability-focused lens, as well as builds awareness and research within the field of city-based agriculture.
The size of the rooftop urban farm equates to a quarter of an acre. It delivers about 10,000 pounds of produce annually, which is distributed between the Ryerson Market, Ryerson Eats, the Good Centre, local restaurants and a Harvest Share program. In addition, the educative institution houses three beehives that are maintained with the help of Alveole.