Arlene Throness, Urban Farm Manager, is passionate about growing, sharing and enjoying food. She studied Urban Agriculture at Ryerson’s Chang School, holds a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University and has a certificate in Permaculture Design from Linnaea Farm on Cortes Island, BC. Arlene is in her ninth season growing food and has an additional eight years experience in landscaping and silviculture. Prior to Ryerson, Arlene was the coordinator of Concordia University’s Rooftop Greenhouse and a founder of its City Farm School. Arlene is one of three recipients of the Toronto Botanical Garden’s 2015 Aster Awards, given to individuals who embody the mission to transform our city by connecting people to plants and the natural world. As an avid enthusiast of urban permaculture, Arlene is always looking to share and trade ideas within the community to find new and innovative ways to design landscapes, repurpose materials, and incorporate local resources into the food cycle.
Jayne Miles, Urban Farm Programs Coordinator, has a keen interest in ecological design and green infrastructure. She holds a B.Env.D. (Architecture) from the University of Manitoba, and certificates in Permaculture Design and Sustainable Building & Design from Vermont’s Yestermorrow Design/Build School. Since moving to Ontario in 2014, she has completed the Green Roof Professional Training course through Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, an Organic Farming Internship at Ignatius Farm in Guelph, and helped bring the Aquaponics 707 project to fruition at Scadding Court Community Centre. Prior to moving to Toronto, she spent three years working as a junior designer and coordinating special projects at 5468796 Architecture in Winnipeg. Jayne is a committed commuter cyclist and a fermentation enthusiast—always up for sharing/swapping starter cultures—and loves helping with various farm and building projects out at her in-laws’ farm in eastern Ontario.