Urban Roots is a non-profit organization that revitalizes underused land in the City of London for agriculture by:
Producing high-quality, organic vegetables and herbs
Distributing produce locally, directly to consumers and to private and social enterprises
Developing agricultural opportunities for the neighbourhood, social enterprises, and community organizations within the City of London
Growing a self-sustaining, urban agricultural model to germinate to new sites
My Sister's Place & Hamilton Road Crouch Resource Centre
Farm gate, hyper local neighbourhood sales
Wholesale restaurants and farmer's markets
In our first two years, we donated and sold 9,796 pounds of produce across our three tiers:
A full breakdown of 2018’s produce sales and donations by tier and weight can be found here.
A big part of what makes Urban Roots London work is the many generous volunteers who have given their spare time to help prepare a vegetable bed, plant a row of beets, or pull what sometimes feels like an endless supply of thistle. As a volunteer board, we are humbled and very grateful for this support!
We now have official volunteer evenings in place EVERY WEEK until the season is over. Unless there is heavy rainfall or a thunderstorm warning we will have a volunteer leader on the farm with a list of tasks that need to be done on Wednesday nights from 6:00 pm until sundown and Sunday mornings from 10:00 am too 1:00 pm.
Please do not hesitate to bring a friend. Many hands make light work. 🙂 You are welcome to bring your own gardening tools, but we also have some of our own available. We recommend that you bring water and clothes/footwear that you don’t mind getting dirty.
Keep your eye on our social media pages for one-time planting, harvesting, and Saturday volunteer opportunities.
See you all soon!
Graham Bracken is a writer whose work focuses on problems relating to ecology and climate change.
Heather Bracken is a criminal defence attorney with a passion for the community and fresh, local food.
Richie Bloomfield is a business instructor at Huron University College, who just happened to have grown up on a farm.
Jacob Damstra is a civil litigation and dispute resolution lawyer at Lerners LLP. He is a dedicated problem-solver and community leader focused on environmental and public interest cases and causes.
Wendy Russell is a professor in the Centre for Global Studies at Huron University College whose research encompasses the re-diversification of local economies.
Jeremy Horrell has worked in social services for over 15 years. He founded the Forest City Family project and is passionate about community, healthy relationships, and lifelong connections with fresh healthy food.
Mariam Waliji is a freelance photographer with a passion for connection – whether it’s between people, place, or community. You can find her at the farm covered in dirt, camera in hand.
We are raising the initial funds for startup costs, property, seeds, and growing supplies. We are pursuing grant opportunities and intend for the farms to be self-sustaining. For now, however, we appreciate your support in helping us get this exciting project off the ground!