building strong, sustainable, local food systems

Emergency Food Support Initiative

In response to the impact COVID-19 had on members of our community, the Afri-Can FoodBasket launched the BlackFoodToronto program as a food sovereignty initiative that would address food insecurities faced by disadvantage, low income and undocumented members of Toronto’s ACB community.

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About Us

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Years of Experience

Since 1997, AFB has provide leadership in urban agriculture, and fostered collaboration to advance food justice, health and social enterprise in the African Canadian Community.

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Community, Backyard and School Gardens

Over 100 community, backyard and school gardens have been created through the Community Garden Program.

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Youth Engaged

Over 500 youth have been engaged in food access and food justice activites through the Cultivating Youth Leadership (CYL) program.

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Households Served

Nearly 15,000 households have received packages of fresh fruits and vegetables through the Black Food Toronto initiative.

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Program Highlights

Food Sovereignty

Food Sovereignty

The Black Food Sovereignty Alliance of Toronto was developed to collectively help advance food issues impacting African/Caribbean/Black communities in the Greater Toronto Area.

Food Access

Food Access

Black Food Toronto is an initiative that provides fresh fruits and vegetables to members of Toronto’s African/Caribbean/Black communities who need support in accessing healthy, culturally-sensitive foods.

Urban Farming

Urban Farming

The Ujaama Farm program facilitates, supports and encourages African/Caribbean/Black farmers and youth to develop sustainable urban agricultural cooperative enterprises.

Cultivating Youth Leadership (CYL)

Cultivating Youth Leadership (CYL)

CYL helps create opportunities for youth of Northwest Toronto to develop new skills through the operation of urban farming enterprises and garden animation.

Food Sovereignty

"Food Sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems." Food sovereignty is, therefore, a holistic, healthy and sustainable approach for communities to address chronic food insecurity.

Programs, Services & Supports

Black Food Toronto

Black Food Toronto

Black Food Toronto is an initiative that provides fresh fruits and vegetables to members of Toronto’s African/Caribbean/Black communities who need support in accessing healthy, culturally-sensitive

Cultivating Youth Leadership (CYL)

Cultivating Youth Leadership (CYL)

CYL helps create opportunities for youth of Northwest Toronto to develop new skills through the operation of urban farming enterprises and garden animation.

Toronto Black Food Sovereignty Initiative

Toronto Black Food Sovereignty Initiative

In 2019, the Afri-Can FoodBasket initiated community dialogue about food sovereignty for Black communities in Toronto – the Black Food Sovereignty Initiative Toronto.

Tropical Seed Saving Project

Tropical Seed Saving Project

This project aims to help build a diverse, ecological vegetable system in the Greater Toronto Area through training urban farmers and other community members to develop seed saving techniques.

Compost Commercial Tea Project

Compost Commercial Tea Project

This research project explores and examines how to produce compost teas and examine their effectiveness on plant health at the Black Creek Community Farm.

Ujamaa Learning Farm

Ujamaa Learning Farm

The Ujaama Learning Farm program facilitates, supports and encourages African / Caribbean / Black farmers and youth to develop sustainable urban agricultural cooperative enterprises.

Community Food Animation

Community Food Animation

The Community Food Animation Program is a collaborative program with the City of Toronto where participants learn how to grow organic foods in parks and other city-owned spaces.

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