About Black Creek Community Farm
Black Creek Community Farm is situated on a truly unique eight-acre property that includes pristine farmland, a heritage farmhouse and barn, and a surrounding forest that extends down into the Black Creek ravine.
All of this is located within easy walking distance of eight schools and thousands of local residents in one of the most densely populated neighbourhoods in Canada’s largest city.
The site houses certified organic vegetable fields, a forest trail and food forest, 4-season greenhouses, an outdoor classroom, pavilion and bake oven, as well as a mushroom garden, chickens and beehives. Restoration and conservation activities is in progress to enhance the roughly 15,000 square metre u-shaped woodland which surrounds the farm fields on the west side along a busy Toronto artery (Jane St), along the south end bordering a vibrant community housing development, and up the east side at the top of a ravine descending to the Black Creek and separating BCCF from the Black Creek Pioneer Village and York University.
To serve and enrich our community through a thriving farm, healthy food, hands-on training and learning experiences.
To inspire the next generation by providing leadership in food justice, and supporting diverse natural and social ecosystems.
An urban agricultural centre that engages, educates, and empowers diverse communities, through sustainable food.
What We Offer
Black Creek Community Farm increases access to healthy food in our community through our programming and food distribution projects.
Our fresh, local and organic produce is available from June to November at accessible rates. We are proud to offer sliding scale pricing for our membership-based Harvest Share (vegetable subscription) program. During the warmer months, we host community baking days at our wood-fired outdoor oven.
We offer a range of community programming for people of all ages. All our programs have food security as a central element, with food literacy and food skills as key components. Our unique site welcomes thousands of children annually for experiential outdoor education as part of our camp and farm school programs. Our youth internship program now has dozens of graduates who have gone on to successfully pursue employment and higher education. Seniors programming addresses social isolation through sessions that bring participants together to grow in our accessible raised beds and share a collaboratively prepared meal.
Thousands of visitors attend workshops and public events at the farm each year, including our annual Farm Festival, Maple Syrup and Honeybee Days, and our Dinner at the Farm fundraiser. Volunteers are involved in all aspects of the project, from assisting our farmers in the fields and planting trees in the food forest, to helping run our public events and programs.
We are pleased to provide employee engagement and group volunteer opportunities. Our unique pavilion and farm house facilities are available for rent.
Founded by Everdale Environmental Learning Centre, FoodShare, and African Food Basket, BCCF has operated as a start-up focused on improving food security, reducing social isolation, and improving employment and education outcomes since its inception in 2012.
Key stakeholders and partnerships are Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, the current landholder for the site and partner in land stewardship and educational programming; FoodShare, a core project partner supporting educational initiatives, programming and promotions; the Jane Finch Community and Family Centre supporting outreach and program offering; and Toronto Beekeepers Cooperative, a supporter of beekeeping on site and education around pollinator habitat.
In 2018 we joined FoodShare’s Supportive Partnership Platform. FoodShare has a long history of partnering with communities in Toronto to catalyze social change through food. We are thrilled to be taking this important step towards greater community ownership of Black Creek Community Farm with FoodShare’s support.
BCCF uses a community development model and encourages community leadership in all its programs through the farm’s Steering Committee and a Resident’s Council.
We welcome your support and involvement.