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Community Buds: The Stop’s Greenhouse and Kitchen Community Share Program

We’re proud to launch Community Buds, our Greenhouse and Kitchen Community Share Program providing free access to urban growing and food preparation space at The Stop’s Green Barn for racialized community members – prioritizing Black and Indigenous growers and chefs. Given the historic context of colonial violence surrounding access to land for Black & Indigenous people and barriers to access for immigrants and racialized communities, The Stop would like to use our additional space to prioritize access for these groups.

The program is called “Community Buds” as it is an initiative to invite use of our space alongside fostering new connections and collaborations and facilitating opportunities to grow! The program invites individuals or groups to apply for use of one of our 6×4 or 6×5 tables (can fit about 9-12 seeding trays) available from March 14th to June 10th, 2022 for growing seedlings and our commercial kitchen space for food prep and cooking at the Green Barn during working hours for a 6-month period.

Successful applicants will be contacted for an interview to discuss their plans, schedules and needs in more detail. Upon acceptance to the program, individuals will be given an orientation of the space and asked to sign a code of conduct compliant with space use expectations, The Stop’s policies and health and safety standards. 

How Does It Work?

Greenhouse Use:

Our greenhouse is a 7000 sq foot space which grows sprouts, seedlings and crops year-round.

The greenhouse uses LED lights put on a timer, uses air vents for natural ventilation and cooling and a hand watering system with table and floor drainage. The greenhouse also includes a workspace and is shared by all The Stop’s urban agriculture programs (Global Roots, Earlscourt Garden and Mashkikiiaking Garden).

From March 14  to June 10th, 2022, the greenhouse will be available for use for up to 5 different individuals or groups to use for growing plants from seed. No mature plants will be permitted to be brought into the greenhouse due to concerns around pest and disease contamination. The greenhouse has 3 tables which measure 6×4 ft. and 3 tables measuring 6×5 ft., available for use.

Other details:

  • All growing materials must be purchased by growers themselves through The Stop or retailers that can be traced (we usually purchase our growing supplies from Grow It All and we’d like to be able to trace any materials used in the greenhouse in case of a pest or plant disease outbreak).
  • Availability for storage is minimal. We have small lockers in the greenhouse you could use for personal belongings.
  • All accepted participants of the program will be provided a brief orientation and training of how to use our greenhouse and kitchen space.
  • The Stop can provide watering of your plants from Monday to Friday if requested.

Commercial Kitchen Use

Our kitchen is commercially certified and used year-round to prep meals for our meal and garden programs that run out of the Green Barn space as well as occasionally provide space for food vendors from our weekly farmers’ market to prep food.

The space is ideal food prep with lots of counter space and many kitchen tools to use, including an oven, gas stove, microwave, large commercial and kitchen aid mixer, coffee machine, large double sink, sanitizer machine and more. The kitchen is shared by staff, volunteers and vendors and follows tight guidelines around food safety, hygiene and cleanliness. All food, food saving containers and additional tools and appliances must be provided by kitchen users themselves. Minimal fridge and freezer space can be provided.

Who can apply?

Individuals/groups who:

  • Identify as racialized with priority given to Indigenous and/or Black folks
  • Are able to work in a setting that is shared by others and are respectful of others’ workspace, tools and materials
  • Are respectful and abide by The Stop’s policies and code of conduct in the Green Barn space
  • Are double vaccinated and will comply with Covid-19 safety measures (mask wearing, social distancing, regular hand-washing and sanitizing)

For applicants interested in Greenhouse use:

  • Are interested in using growing space to grow plants from seed within the time frame of March 14th to June 10th, 2022
  • Can schedule their use of the greenhouse during 9am-5pm on weekdays or 8am-2pm on Saturdays (some flexibility)

For applicants interested in Kitchen use:

  • Are interested in using our certified commercial kitchen and can schedule their use on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays from 9am-5pm or Saturdays from 7am-2pm
  • Have an up-to-date Safe Food Handler’s certificate
  • Must have insurance. If you do not, please reach out and we can help you obtain insurance.

Completing Your Application:

Please click on this link to apply.

We will be accepting submissions for applicants on a rolling basis until space is filled up.

For any questions, you can contact Hilda Nouri, Urban Agriculture Manager at hilda@thestop.org