Growing Good Food Ideas Spotlight: Farming Food Diversity in York Region

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Author: Jenn Kucharczyk

Posted: September 2, 2013

Categories: Featured Videos / Growing Good Food Ideas / News from Sustain Members / News from Sustain Ontario

Farming Food Diversity in York Region from Sustain Ontario on Vimeo.

Powerline Films has been traveling across Ontario gathering stories of people and places that are transforming the future of food. Created in partnership with Sustain Ontario and more than a dozen partners, these videos shine light on good food ideas from many regions of our province.

At the beginning of each week, we put one of the videos in the spotlight so you can feast your eyes on the good food ideas developing across the province. This week’s video features York Region. Watch the rest of the videos on


Southern Ontario prides itself on diversity. With language and culture coming in so many different flavours, it should be no surprise that food does as well. This video highlights how the diversity of a region’s population has beautifully enriched its food scene.

Judy’s Tropical Farm was started after its namesake migrated to Canada as a nanny in 1997 along with her husband and son. Judy and her farm have now started a movement by growing okra, callaloo, and bittermelon, favourites from her native Phillipines, right here in Ontario. Daniel Hoffman of the Cutting Veg organic farm also makes an appearance to talk about the twenty different varieties of garlic from different regions of the world grown on his farm.

These passionate food innovators have made York Region a haven for food lovers looking to broaden their horizons and learn more about food. York Region’s farmers have truly brought the world to Ontario and taken the joy of cultural exchange and learning into Ontario’s kitchens.