Hello all. My name is Vijay Cuddeford, and
I am working for the city of Toronto to assess the feasibility of growing
sub-tropical food species in the city, using simple season extension
techniques. "Simple' being defined as relatively inexpensive
to make or buy and straightforward to use. I am particularly
looking at species that are of interest to our multicultural community
gardening community - West Indian, South Asian, Chinese, etc.
I have spoken with Laura Berman and Solomon Boye
here in the city, whom many of you will know already, and have received their
Now, I am wondering about a number of
1) Has any other city embarked on a similar
programme, either formally or informally - using season extension to grow more
southerly crops? If so, what kinds of results did they have? What
crops did well, etc.? What kinds of season extension were most useful
2) Can you direct me to studies or
anecdotal information on how to use existing
urban microclimates, e.g. southern- exposured building with heat-reflecting
surfaces, to extend growing seasons?
3) Can you direct me to documentation or
anecdotal information which speaks to the therapeutic value/empowerment
of immigrants or refugees growing food from their home countries?
4) Have there been any studies looking at whether
small-scale market gardening of warmer-season crops usually associated with an
immigrant culture, e.g. Chinese vegetables, can be financially viable, given
relatively limited space and capital?
Thanks for any responses to these
inquiries. As the contract is very short, rapid responses are even more