Torbolton Institute Food Security ‘1000 Ottawa CSAs by 2020’
Each food security project create a another adapted method for improving a household’s continued access to nutritious food through increased self-reliance. Projects in green are already underway.
Torbolton Forest Farm Project
To implement a 20-100 acre Forest Farm in the West Carleton farmscape, with three equal-sized patches: the nut food forest; the veggie SPIN farm and the berry ecotone. The site will homestead a flock of tilling chickens and more.
Torbolton SPIN Farm Awareness Project
Announcement of first public meeting: https://spinworkshop.eventbrite.ca
To implement an onsite half-acre community SPIN farm, with its homemade walk-in produce cooler, to mentor aspiring farmers and home food gardeners in the profitable SPIN farm/garden method. The community SPIN Farm partners with the SPIN Farm Learning Centre (http://spinfarming.com/whatsSpin/), West Ottawa Community Resource Centre (http://www.wocrc.ca/en/home.aspx), and Just Food Ottawa (http://justfood.ca/) as a node in their Community Garden Network (CGN). Its harvests will be given over to community good works.
To implement, in collaboration with Seeds of Diversity Canada (http://www.seeds.ca/), a crop-scale germ bank which will keep heritage seeds and scions of the food plants of the West Ottawa CSA community, for their use.
These evening buffets, held the fourth Wednesday of February (winter), June (spring), August (summer) and November (autumn), offer local food chef-cuisined in season.
See https://www.facebook.com/greystonelocavoresummerfete. Information and reservations 813-832-0009
To implement a regular onsite market for local farmers/growers, outdoors in summer, indoors in winter.
To implement a planted-by-the-building permanent food garden on the Torbolton Institute grounds which will feed pollinators and people alike through the growing season, while also hands-on teaching Canada’s farmers/gardeners how its done.
To implement a mix of about a hundred fruit and edible nuts trees and shrubs to be planted bordering the Torbolton Institute site, teaching their propagation, planting, pruning, harvesting and grafting.
A mix of various kinds of cane and ground berries will be planted on the Torbolton Institute site over the Geothermal Ground Heat Exchanger bed, while teaching their planting, pruning, propagating and harvesting to its caretakers.
To iplement an onsite workshop facility equipped to process locally grown nut crop harvests which will teach nut crop harvesting, processing, storage and use.
To implement an economical steel-frame fabric shelter onsite to house and teach potting and grafting.
See http://www.shelterlogic.ca/Greenhouses/70608 for an example of such a building.
To implement an onsite year-round, in-ground SPIN food greenhouse producing greens for the Torbolton Institute onsite farmers market , and teaching its methods to its volunteer operators.
To implement a program of deploying in the region DIY cheap rodent-proof reusable outdoors germinating box designed for germinating edible tree nuts whose nutlings are destined for out-planting at age two years. The 3’ by 5’ Nutling Growbox accommodates about 100 nuts. Teaching schools and families how to grow their own edible nut trees.
To build and operate a year-round greenhouse shelter growing aquacultured food fish and hydroponic greens through water cycling, compost heating, and natural lighting; teaching, recruiting homesteads, demonstrating and producing food.
To build and operate a glass 4-season cafe outward extension of the gym kitchenette, to serve hot/cold locavore drinks and sandwiches made from the TI’s own aquaponics production.