Brampton Regional Councillor Rowena Santos unveils first urban Off-Grid Food Shed in Canada

MAY 24, 2022 (Brampton, ON) – Brampton’s Off-Grid Food Shed is the first organic, self-sustaining food system in an urban setting. It is an innovative approach to combat climate change and food insecurity. It includes soil-based growing, hydroponics, and edible fish. It is zero-waste, carbon-negative, and powered by solar panels. It also provides educational opportunities for residents, especially youth. It is located at Brampton Fire Station 212. 

Councillor Rowena Santos was instrumental in bringing forward a motion in Spring 2021 calling for the implementation of the Brampton Grows Off-Grid Food Shed. This is a key step as a direct result of Councillor Santos’s motion to declare a climate emergency in 2019. Additionally, it is designed to address food insecurity that was exacerbated during the Covid-19 pandemic. Councillor Santos heard from many families as Co-Chair of the Social Support Task Force that they could no longer afford to purchase fresh produce. As part of the Brampton Backyard Garden Program, all food grown will be donated to the Regeneration Outreach Community.

Quote from Regional Councillor Rowena Santos:

“A milestone in urban agriculture, the Brampton Grows Off-Grid Shed generates its own energy, maintains a zero-waste system, harvests rainwater, captures carbon and releases fresh oxygen. We are excited to lead the way to a more sustainable future for our community.”

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