Seneca awarded $ 360,000 for applied research to benefit
Toronto, Ontario, July 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Building a strong and sustainable business – a challenge for many urban farmers – will be at the center of a new Seneca-led applied research project, recently awarded $ 360,000 by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
Since agriculture plays an important role in providing ecological services in cities, this program will integrate training, mentorship and microfinance specifically for urban farmers in communities across Canada.
“One of our goals is to work with the local community of urban producers and help them turn their ideas into businesses,” said Dr. West Suhanic, professor at Seneca’s School of Accounting and Financial Services. “What makes our project unique is that we will bring together science, business and sustainability in one package. “
Dr Suhanic will collaborate with Dr Lesley Campbell, Associate Professor at Ryerson University and expert in urban agriculture, plant evolution and global climate change. They will lead a team of 12 to 15 Seneca Research Assistant students and work with community partners Greenest City and Toronto Urban Growers.
The collective goal is that the resulting agricultural enterprises will help address food insecurity and increase access to healthy food in urban communities. Seneca’s research assistant students will interview current and potential urban farmers to identify gaps and better understand what is needed for successful urban agriculture.
“This project lays the foundation for sustainable urban agriculture businesses,” said Ben Rogers, Dean of Seneca Innovation. “The knowledge base and microfinance tools developed will also support equity-seeking populations facing barriers to food security and access to seed capital.”
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