C4 stands for Cross Campus Capstone Classroom. The purpose of this experience is to provide students with an opportunity to work effectively in interdisciplinary teams on real-world challenges with social impact.Throughout this journey, students develop transferable skills while learning the value of multiple perspectives and approaches to research, design, and problem solving. This experience helps students to recognize what they can offer the world and prepare them for the future.
As a class, we were given the topic of addressing “food insecurity” within a community and each group had designed a project based on their group name to address it.
A seed library is a space that offers a variety of seeds to grow food and gardening supplies to the community, as well as information on how to grow the seeds. More information can be found on the Knitters page on this website.
Yes, using the seed library’s resources is free! However, donating seeds back to the seed library is always appreciated. More information on how to use the seed library can be found on the website.
Once you have grown your own food, you will have seeds! You can remove, wash, and dry the seeds, place them in a sealable envelope or Ziploc bag, and label it with what type of seed it is. You can bring it to an active pop-up location of the seed library, and simply leave it right in the donation’s drawer. You’ll be helping create a resilient seed supply and enhancing the food system in the community.
Contact us if you’d like to host a seed library! It’s quite simple for the host and can have a big impact on the community. Contact us at email@example.com
Reach out to your community and find out what is in need and what resources are available to you. The City of Toronto provides several free resources like mulch, soil, etc. on certain days.
The main factors are weather and knowing the appropriate time to prepare the soil for certain plants. You should also keep in mind the initial cost of materials like tools (you may be able to find cheaper tools on FB marketplace, for example). The most important thing to remember is it requires patience, especially if working alone.
Community gardening builds a sense of community among people. It is an effective way of growing culturally appropriate food that might not be available readily in stores. Additionally, it benefits the environment as plants absorb carbon dioxide and make use of excess land that may otherwise not be used in cities and suburbs.
Team Growers from the Cross Campus Capstone Classroom of York University collaborating on a capstone project towards growing your own food.
Our goal was to help the community of Woburn, Scarborough with food insecurity, as it is something currently impacting all communities. We wanted to give the community members a voice and give them a chance to have their stories heard. Through this, our goal was to help the community and bring together the growers of Woburn through the power of storytelling.
We interviewed several members from the Woburn community to see what they thought about growing plants. As well, we helped Team Maintainers in planting at Woburn Collegiate Institute.
We believe that growing your own food is a step towards becoming self-sufficient and having your own grown produce on your plate is highly rewarding and fulfilling. We want to capture your stories and help inspire others to embark on this journey! By interviewing the members of the Woburn community, we are trying to empower the community and give them a voice.
Currently we have a number of kits in circulation for trial purposes; when we get feedback from our users about their preferences, we will make more available through the website!
Presently we have included a manual vacuum pump, vacuum bags and a bamboo charcoal bag. More details about specifications and use can be found on our home page!
Yes! We have created a forum page so that users can share helpful recipes and tips with each other. We encourage making use of the information and contributing if you can!
We are a team of 12 students whom have come together from across different faculties at York University to address food sustainability and security through compost and education within the Woburn community.
Our project is a compost bin tumbler for two elementary schools of Woburn. The idea is to provide the schools with the tools to provide nutrients for the soil in their gardens so that they can grow strong and healthy plants. Included in the project are instructions for building the compost bin and learning materials/ activities.
Our compost tumblers have a max capacity of 40lbs (about 20kg).
Generally, it takes a minimum of 6-8 weeks for compost to be ready. The compost product will look dark brown in colour, crumble easily in your hands and smell like earth. If you still see recognizable food in the mix, your compost needs more time.
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