• Opportunity for on-site food production comes from public and political support for ‘local food’, combined with a shortage of land for new producers

  • GIS study of Ontario healthcare properties shows 217 with more than one acre of arable land available, and 54 with more than five acres

  • Case studies demonstrate the benefits of a ‘farmer’— independent, staff member or community group—and/or labour force dedicated to the project

  • Initial and on-going viability correlates to the extent of institutional support, particularly staff time for project coordination

  • Institutional motivations for on-site food production initiatives vary, include mental and physical therapeutic benefits

See more at the Project SOIL website.

Project Soil
Province of Ontario, New Directions Program, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
School of Journalism and Communication

Mount, Phil, & Knezevic, I. (2015, September 30). Ontario public institutions and on-site food production: Current capacities and constraints. Project Soil.