Ryerson Urban Farm (RUF) aims to build capacity for urban agriculture through production, education and research. RUF operates productive growing spaces across the Ryerson University campus using ecological growing methods. Our operations incorporate educational programming for our surrounding community on campus and beyond.
Our main production space, a quarter-acre rooftop farm, is located on the Andrew and Valerie Pringle Environmental Green Roof above the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre at the corner of Church Street and Gould Street [campus map]. The original green roof was built in 2004 and converted to an ecological market garden in 2013 by the Ryerson Urban Farm, which grew out of a student-led initiative to grow fresh food on campus. Now, the Ryerson Urban Farm produces roughly 10,000 pounds of produce annually, distributed between Ryerson Eats, the Gould Street Farmers’ Market, the Good Food Centre, and to a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program. This innovative project demonstrates the potential for green roofs to produce food, as well as contribute to the health and well-being of our community and the environment.
Our ground level growing spaces include a u-pick container garden, food forest, a flower farm, two rain gardens (under development), and a native pollinator garden.
The ground level gardens are open to the public, free of charge. These gardens are located across the campus, some at ground level, some at ground level in raised containers, some above ground level on raised plinths.
Rooftop Market Garden:
For safety and liability reasons, access to the rooftop farm is limited to RUF programming and scheduled tours. Walkways on the rooftop are 2-ft wide paving stones surrounded by gravel.
Option 1: Main elevators to 4th floor, 23 steps up to tool area, 2 steps up to rooftop doorway, 1 step down to main walkway.
Option 2: Freight elevator to Mechanical room (note that this room can be very loud due to the mechanical equipment), 3 steps up to rooftop entrance, 1 step down to garden bed level, 1 step down to main walkway.
Toronto is in the ‘Dish With One Spoon Territory’. The Dish With One Spoon is a treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee that bound them to share the territory and protect the land.
Here is a link to the full Ryerson Land Acknowledgement.