The Ujamaa Farm program facilitates, supports and encourages African Canadian farmers and youths to develop sustainable urban ecological agricultural cooperative enterprises. Ujamaa Farm is an AFB program that encourages sustainable Farming in Ontario. The idea is to encourage new farmers to experience and learn how operate and manage their own farm enterprises. The Farm is also the site used for Cultivating Youth Leadership (CYL) development training and employment opportunity.
Compost Commercial Tea Project
AFB’s current research project explores and examines how to produce consistent compost teas with a commercial brewer. Further to that, we will evaluate the effectiveness of the compost teas on plant health and yields at the Black Creek Farm. This project exists to assist us in our mission to grow and provide culturally appropriate foods to people at all times.
Tropical Seed Saving Project
Since the middle of the 20th century mono-cultural techniques based on industrial chemicals and hybrid seeds have dominated farming in Canada. Farmers are now expressing concern over the control of seeds and genetic variations. At present 60% of the remaining gene pool of crop plants is inadequately conserved or studied; and 90% of the remaining pool is not being used commercially. As we strive for a brighter future, we must ensure that our food supply is not threatened by reliance on corporations and governments to classify and dictate what we grow and hence what we eat.
Cultivating Youth Leadership (CYL)
AFB promotes the sustainable development of Urban Farms and Community Gardens by nurturing a new generation of young leaders through the Cultivating Youth Leadership: Urban Farm Project (CYL). We work towards this goal by creating opportunities for the youth of North-West Toronto to expand their knowledge base, develop new skills and positively engage with their community through the operation of socially responsible urban farming enterprises and Garden Animation.
Topics such as gardening, cooking, and food literacy.
Youth Internship Program:
Opportunities for youth (15-29 years old) to work and train on the farm.
Teacher and principals to schedule a school trip to the farm
Week-long camps running all summer at the farm.