Harvest season in full bloom

Volunteers Andrew Feldman and Kate Davies hand out refreshing drinks at the Urban Farm Fall Harvest Party on Oct. 24, 2016. (Courtesy Hongen Nar)

Volunteers Andrew Feldman and Kate Davies hand out refreshing drinks at the Urban Farm Fall Harvest Party on Oct. 24, 2016. (Courtesy Hongen Nar)

Ryerson Urban Farm celebrated the end of the growing season with a fall harvest party, which took place on Oct. 25 in Ryerson’s Sears Atrium.

The Ryerson Urban Farm harvest party had everything from a pie eating contest to garlic planting on the rooftop farm.

The harvest party also hosted food and drink stalls serving iced tea made from herbs and a Moroccan soup made with vegetables from the rooftop garden.

Most of the attendees were part of the Community Supported Agriculture program  (CSA), which is run by the  farm.

The CSA program operates on a specialized financial model which reduces the initial costs of production by allowing small scale producers to buy shares in the beginning of a season.

The buyers then receive produce from the rooftop farm every week throughout the season.

The Urban Farm gathered the members of the CSA program to thank them for their support before they put the rooftop garden to bed for winter.

The Urban Farm opened in 2013 and the conversion of the  engineering building rooftop into a garden  was completed in 2014, when the CSA program started.

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