NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FROM INDIGENOUS GROWERS
Central to the operation of the Flemingdon Community Farm is the Community Farmer program. The Community Farmer program is not designed for home or community gardeners, and is distinct from the neighbouring Community Garden plots. Instead, the Community Farmer program is intended for those interested in pursuing micro-farming as a means to earn supplemental income. Revenues will be modest and will not be a primary source of income for residents. Ideally, Community Farmers will already have a strong knowledge in growing (and perhaps even selling) produce.
Community Farmers will:
- Be given access to approximately 2,400 sq ft (220 sq meters) of prepared garden space
- Have access to all infrastructure and equipment necessary to manage their plot
- Participate in the workshops and trainings offered by the Farm Coordinator
- Keep any money they make from what they grow in their own garden plot
Not everyone who wishes to participate in the Community Farmer program will be able to participate. Unfortunately, space is limited at this farm site. Through an application process, five community members will be invited to be Community Farmers. The Steering Committee will review applications, conduct interviews with applicants, and invite select candidates to join the Community Farmer program.
The Community Farmer program will focus on providing land access to those who live in the local community and will benefit most from access to space to grow food for supplemental income. This means prioritizing applications from people who experience systemic forms of marginalization such as growers who are Black, Indigenous, and people of colour, those living on a fixed income, newcomers, LGBTQ2S+ folks, women, and those with disabilities.
The Flemo Farm Steering Committee recognizes that Indigenous peoples once hunted, gathered, and farmed the land that is now Flemo Farm before they were forced or coerced off the land. So, one plot is being dedicated for an Indigenous grower or group who wants to operate a micro-farm business. Unlike the other Community Farmers, the Indigenous Community Farmer would not have to live in Flemingdon Park or in a neighbourhood immediately surrounding Flemingdon Park. We are putting out a call to all Indigenous growers across the GTA whose ancestors would have lived on any of the territories of the Mississaugas of New Credit, Haudenosaunee, Anishinabeg, the Huron Wendat.
Applications from Indigenous growers are still being accepted. The application deadline for local residents was Feb 1st.
The Application Form can be submitted in any language, not just English. Let us know if you require an explanation or translation of the Application Form.
Applicants are encouraged to seek assistance in completing the Application Form. The Application Form is not a test. Family and friends can help applicants to complete the Application Form. Resources to assist applicants in completing the Application Form are available (see below). Applicants are also encouraged to submit a draft of their Application Form to the Farm Coordinator, who can review and suggest ways to potentially strengthen the Application.
For more details about the Indigenous Community Farmer program, please read the
These documents can also be sent to you in the mail.