The IC Rooftop Garden, a 38 square metre (410 square foot), is a multi-use space for meditation, relaxation, meetings, social gatherings and for teaching and learning how to grow food. The Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences launched the garden in 2016 in coordination with the Sustainability Office, and with input from the Culinaria Research Centre. Each year more than 30 different crops are grown on this urban rooftop, and each year the garden is planted according to a theme:
The 2016 Columbian Exchange Garden featured the three sister crops: maze, beans and squash used in cooking demonstrations and workshops.
The 2017 garden, in keeping with U of T Scarborough’s Healthy Campus Initiative, follows the theme of Diverse Healing Foods, showcasing UTSC’s diverse community and Indigenous ceremonial and healing plants.
This year in 2018, the garden is slowly transitioning to a Sustainable Mini-Ecosystem with a mix of edible perennial and annual plants, including vegetables and fruits. The design of the garden also integrated the approach of companion plants. The focus is on crops that can be eaten fresh from the garden for the needs of the drop-in weekly lunch series, and growing cucumbers for pickling as part of the class “Gender in the Kitchen” in Women Studies. We are also growing corn and chillies for the class “Foods That Changed the World.”
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Instructional Centre (IC)
The fourth floor Instructional Centre rooftop garden was added in the construction of the building and opened with the building in 2011.