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The Ryerson Urban Farm is a Unique Campus Green Space

on February 7, 2019 at 9:35 am under , ,
Photo: Ryerson Urban Farm

Originally built in 2004, this green roof was converted into an edible garden in 2013 by Ryerson’s student-initiated garden group, Ryerson Urban Farm (RUF and formerly Rye’s Homegrown).

With the help of students, staff and faculty, Ryerson Urban Farm has created an urban farm with more than 30 crops and over 100 varieties.

The green roof was built by Terry McGlade of Gardens in the Sky (later Flynn Canada) as part of the original design/infrastructure of the building to catch stormwater runoff, reduce the urban heat island effect and reduce energy consumption by cooling the building during the summer and insulating it during the winter.

It was initially planted as an ornamental garden with daylilies, (Hemerocallis ‘Catherine woodbury’) and from the beginning was equipped with a suite of hydrological and climatological sensors for research purposes. This roof received minimal maintenance for over eight years, with just woody species being removed to prevent membrane damage, and for many years there was no irrigation system installed.

The Ryerson Urban Farm was our Project of the Week back in 5/30/16, watch the video:

RUF aims to build capacity for urban agriculture through production, education and demonstration. They draw upon principles of ecological garden design to create gardens that are beautiful, productive and resilient. This involves incorporating local resources into the design, focusing on soil building strategies and using low-impact techniques. The results are gardens that are abundant, nourishing and lasting.

Read more: Toronto universities, colleges offer gorgeous green spaces: Urban Growth


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