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Food & Health Index
Local Food Groups Toronto Vegetarian Association
UofT's Hot Yam Vegan Cafe (CLOSED), $4 (PWYW 1st Wednesdays). Vegan, mostly organically grown food. Real dishes/utensils (not disposable). Location: Baldwin Room, International Student Centre (ISC/CIE), 33 St George St, north of College St (map). Open Wednesdays for lunch only when classes are in session. Replaced Radical Roots and Vegetarium Café. Info: hottestyam(at), eatlocaluoft[at],,!/thehotyam,
Not Far From The Tree (local urban fruit harvesting club)
Young Urban Farmers Community Shared Agriculture (YUF-CSA) (Local organic food-growing small farms, backyard gardens, CSA programs of independent, non-pro­fit division of Young Urban Farmers Limited)
Sharing Backyards Toronto (Local organic shared food-growing urban vegetable gardening, growingforgreen(at) [Note: Listing this link is not an endorsement of the programs & activities of Sharing Backyards Toronto's partner organizations]
Earth & City (Local organic vegetable gardening & raw vegan food. Sorauren Farmers Market Mondays, Trinity Bellwoods Farmers Market Tuesdays, Wychwood Barns Farmers Market Saturdays, Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market last Sunday 12-7)
City Seed Farms (Local organic pedal-powered backyard vegetable farming business, Sorauren Farmer's Market in Roncesvalles on Mondays)
Toronto Community Garden Network
Community Gardens Map
Seeds of Diversity Canada (info about heritage seeds, seed saving, plant diversity, garden history) and Seedy Saturdays
Urban Harvest (Canada's Heritage Seed Program for gardeners; heirloom and organic seedlings and garden supplies)
FoodShare [Note: Listing this link is not an endorsement of the programs & activities of FoodShare's partner organizations]
The Stop Community Food Centre Yes In My Back Yard (YIMBY) Connects people who have land to offer with people who would like to garden. Started in the neighbourhood surrounding the Wychwood Green Barn, near St Clair Ave West and Christie St - Bloor St up to Vaughan Rd, Bathurst over to Oakwood/Dovercourt. YIMBY participants will have access to a tool library, seedlings in the spring, educational workshops, and opportunities to get to know and learn from other gardeners in the neighbourhood. Gardeners and garden hosts will get to share in the harvest. [Note: Listing this link is not an endorsement of the programs & activities of The Stop's partner organizations]
Karma Food Co-op / News & Events [Note: Listing this link is not an endorsement of Karma Co-op's animal products]
The Big Carrot [Note: Listing this link is not an endorsement of The Big Carrot's animal products]
Student/Volunteer-Run Vegan Eateries Canada Hot Yam (CLOSED), (International Student Centre (ISC/CIE), St George Campus, University of Toronto, Toronto Ontario)
Counter Culture, (Formerly at Lumbers Building, York University, Toronto Ontario) [Note: Counter Culture CLOSED.]
Seasoned Spoon, (Trent University, Peterborough Ontario)
G-Spot, (Carleton University, Ottawa Ontario)
People's Republic of Delicious, (University of Ottawa, Ottawa Ontario)
Midnight Kitchen, (McGill University, Montreal QC)
Happy Belly, (Macdonald Campus, McGill University, Montreal QC)
People's Potato, Concordia University, Montreal QC
Sprouts, (University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC)
Note: Vegan 'Tuppy Thursdays' (Dalhousie University, Halifax Nova Scotia) was replaced by 'The Loaded Ladle,' which is not vegan.
U.S. Grinnell Vegan Co-op, (Grinnell College Vegan Food Co-op, Grinnell Iowa)
Bobolink Vegan Eating Co-op , (One of several Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage Co-ops, Rutledge, Missouri)
Local, Organic, Bulk Food, Retail / Wholesale Wychwood / Green Barn Organic Farmers Market. Saturdays, 9am-12n, year-round. Among the stands which don't sell meat are: Not Far From The Tree (local fruit tree project); Forbes Wild Foods (fruits, mushrooms, vegetables, syrups, vinegars and dry goods); Thorpe's Organic Produce Farm (organic vegetables, fruits & herbs); Plan B Organic Farm (CSA) (organic vegetables, fruits & herbs);
Location: Wychwood Car Barns, 79 Wychwood Avenue in the Covered Street Barn, Artscape Wychwood TTC Barns, Wychwood Ave, south of St Clair Ave West, east of Christie St. Info: 416-653-8546,,
Toronto West Local Organic Farmers Market (, 875 Dufferin St, Dufferin Grove Park Rink House, near Dufferin St & Dufferin Park Ave, between Bloor St West & College St, Thursdays 3:30pm-7pm, Winter Spring Summer & Fall). Access to the produce farm stands is from the south/side entrance facing the park, not through the main entrance facing the mall. Among the farmstands you may find Thorpe's Certified Organic Produce Farm, Plan B Certified Organic Farm (CSA), and Urban Harvest Garden Alternatives; their farms grow organic vegetables, fruits & herbs, and they don't sell animal products.
Toronto Riverdale Park West (Cabbagetown) Local Organic Farmers Market, SE corner of Winchester St & Sumach St. Runs Tuesdays, from late May to October, 3:30pm-7pm. Market Info:,
Hosswood Farm Organics Usually under a small white canopy, you would have found Kate Ross & her son Misha of Hosswood Farm Organics, the only vegetarian owned & managed organic farm that spod produce (herbs, vegetables, berries, & flowers) in Toronto's farmers markets. They neither kill animals nor sell animal products. They also had a small animal sanctuary with 4 rescued farm animals: cow, pig & battery hens. Hosswood Farm was a small, OCPP certified organic farm in the Caledon Hills owned & operated by Kate Ross. All herbs, vegetables, berries, & flowers were grown naturally in healthy soils without any chemicals. Sample produce list was: Mixed baby greens/cut/washed, Baby lettuce/cut/washed, Baby spinach/cut/washed, Bunched Greens (spinach, chard, mustard, arugula), Herbs, Carrots and Beets (Baby or large, bunches), Fennel (large, baby bunches), Zucchini & Pattypan Squash, Fresh garlic, Onions, Leeks, Eggplant, Cucumber (English), Tomatoes (baby, heirloom, large, red, yellow & stuffing), Beans (filet, purple & yellow), Peas (snow, green, snow & purple), Radishes, Scallions, Baby Red Peppers. Hosswood Farm Info:,
Sunshine Garden Local Organic Market Stand (, 416-392-6653, CAMH Grounds at 1000 Queen St West, SW of Fennings St, between Dovercourt Rd & Ossington Ave, Parkdale. Vegetables organically grown on-site, part of Food Share's Focus on Food Program, Runs from Mid-June to November, Monday-Thursday, 10am-11:30am. Quote: "Youth in our Focus on Food program and CAMH participants grew vegetables, herbs and heritage tomatoes in the Sunshine Garden for the Good Food Box. CAMH participants also had their own community garden plots. Expansion plans include a bread oven..." [Note: Listing FoodShare is not an endorsement of the programs & activities of its partner organizations]
Oak Manor Farms (519)662-2385/(877) 625-6455, oakmanor(at), 756907 Oxford County Road #5, Rural Route #1, Tavistock, Ontario N0B 2R0. Local distributor of locally grown and certified organically grown cereals, flakes, meals, flour, grains (wheat, rye, oats, barley, spelt, popcorn, millet), seeds (flax), beans. Products also sold at Natural Food Stores. Monday - Friday: 9:00AM - 4:30PM, Saturday: 10:00AM - 1:00PM, Sunday: CLOSED.
Ontario Natural Food Co-op (ONFC) 416-503-1144x0, 70 Fima Crescent, Etobicoke, Ontario, M8W 4V9
Grain Process Enterprises Dried Grains & Legumes(115 Commander Blvd, 416-291-3226, Scarborough). Mostly non-organically grown products
Fair Trade Pro Organics (Toronto corporate distributor of Fair Trade & certified organic fresh food, Unit #4, 324 Horner Ave, Etobicoke, Toronto, ON, M8W 1Z3)
Where to Buy Fair Trade Products (Canada)
Alternative Grounds Coffeehouse (416-534-6335, 333 Roncesvalles Ave,
Earth Grounds Expresso Bar (416-728-2962, 1028 Coxwell Ave)
UofT's Hot Yam Vegan Cafe (CLOSED), $4 (PWYW 1st Wednesdays). Vegan, mostly organically grown food. Real dishes/utensils (not disposable). Location: Baldwin Room, International Student Centre (ISC/CIE), 33 St George St, north of College St (map). Open Wednesdays for lunch only when classes are in session. Replaced Radical Roots and Vegetarium Café. Info: hottestyam(at), eatlocaluoft[at],,!/thehotyam,
Health Health Canada Canadian Health Network
Natural Health Products Directorate
Health Researchers - Alan Cassels
- Helke Ferrie
Reputable Complementary & Alternative Medicine Info Sources Health Canada - Canadian Health Network CAH / FAQ
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Columbia University Rosenthal CAM Center
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Johns Hopkins CAM Center
National Cancer Institute
NIH Research - Intramural & Extramural
Longwood Herbal Task Force
Orthomolecular Medicine / Principles
BC Cancer Agency Herbs Research / Knowledge Network Video (BCCA & UBC) / Globe & Mail
Dr. Michael Klaper
CSPI's Guide to Food Additives
Lists of Air-Filtering Soil and Plants NASA Clean Air Study English Ivy (Hedera helix); Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum); Golden pothos or Devil's ivy (Scindapsus aures or Epipremnum aureum); Peace lily (Spathiphyllum 'Mauna Loa'); Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema modestum); Bamboo palm or reed palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii); Snake plant or mother-in-law's tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata 'Laurentii'); Heartleaf philodendron (Philodendron oxycardium, syn. Philodendron cordatum); Selloum philodendron (Philodendron bipinnatifidum, syn. Philodendron selloum); Elephant ear philodendron (Philodendron domesticum); Red-edged dracaena (Dracaena marginata); Cornstalk dracaena (Dracaena fragans 'Massangeana'); Janet Craig dracaena (Dracaena deremensis 'Janet Craig'); Warneck dracaena (Dracaena deremensis 'Warneckii'); Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina); Gerbera Daisy or Barberton daisy (Gerbera jamesonii); Pot Mum or Florist's Chrysanthemum (Chrysantheium morifolium); Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica);
Dr. B.C. Wolverton Top performers for removing formaldehyde.[2] * Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata "Bostoniensis"); * Florist's mum(Chrysanthemum morifolium); * Gerbera daisy (Gerbera jamesonii); * Dwarf date palm (Phoenix roebelenii); * Janet Craig (Dracaena deremensis "Janet Craig"); * Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii); * Kimberly queen fern (Nephrolepis obliterata); * Rubber plant (Ficus elastica); * English ivy (Hedera helix); * Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina); * Peace lily (Spathiphyllum sp.)
Top performers for removing xylene and toluene. [3] * Areca palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens); * Dwarf date palm (Phoenix roebelenii); * Moth orchid (Phalenopsis sp.); * Dumb cane (Camilla) (Dieffenbachia camilla); * Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata); * Dendrobium orchid (Dendrobium sp.); * Dumb cane (Exotica) (Dieffenbachia "Exotica Compacta'); * King of hearts (Homalomena wallisii); * Kimberly queen fern (Nephrolepis obliterata); * Warneckei (Dracaena deremensis "Warneckei")
Health Quiz
Acid-Alkaline Balance
Sodium / Table Salt Health Effects - Wikipedia
- Annanova Summary
- British Medical Journal
Resveratrol, Grapes & Wine - Internet Health Library
- PDR Health
- Melissa Q.B. McElderry on resveratrol
- dietaryfiberfood
beta-Sitosterol and Its Food Sources - Wikipedia Overview
- (Food Sources)
- (Food Sources)
- (Food Sources)
Soy - Savvy
- John Lee, M.D.
- Sally Eauclaire Osborne, Nutritionist
Utne Reader - The Dark Side of Soy, by Mary Vance, Terrain (Utne Reader July/August 2007)
- How Much Is Too Much?, by Mary Vance, Terrain (Utne Reader July/August 2007)
- Biofuel's Big Bean, by April Howard and Benjamin Dangl, In These Times (Utne Reader July/August 2007)
Phytates - Weed
- Paxton
- Turner
Fermented Soy Powder - Now Foods &
- Prairie Naturals
Oxalates (Oxalic Acid) - Wikipedia on Oxalate,
- Oxalate poisoning
- Plants Containing Oxalates
- Rowan's Oxalate Chart
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) - Health Concerns
- Hidden names and foods that contain it
Cholesterol American Heart Association
Trans Fats Health Canada
Sugar - University Bordeaux
- Bill Misner, Ph.D.
Fructose - Health Effects
- Food Sources
Aspartame - Mission Possible World Health International
- Wikipedia
- Annals of Oncology
- Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri, Milan, Italy (PubMed)
- Washington University Medical School, St. Louis, MO (PubMed)
- European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
Eggs and Type 2 Diabetes - Diabetes Care
- MedPageToday
- Diabetes Education and Research Center
- PubMed
- Harvard School of Public Health
- Journal of the American Medical Association
PCRM What Is It
Preventive Medicine & Nutrition
Essential Fatty Acids
Health Index
Health News
Chocolate, Cheese, Meat, & Sugar
Longevity & Antioxidants JAMA Archives of Internal Medicine
PubMed 1, PubMed 2, PubMed 3, PubMed 4, PubMed 5
Ben Best on Health & Nutrition
Life Expectancy Quizzes - BBC Life Expectancy Calculator
- Livingto100 Life Expectancy Quiz
ORAC Scale (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity)
Viable Health: Anti-Aging & Antioxidants
Antioxidant Herbs Viable Health: Antioxidants in Food
HealthWell / Delicious Living
Herbs German Commission E Monographs Intro
Integrative Medicine
Monographs List
Henriette's Herbal Homepage
Maude Grieve's 'A Modern Herbal' (1931)
Bagelhole Herb Index
Herbs for Health
Herb Sources of Vitamins & Minerals Viable Herbal
Magick Garden,
Herbs & Cancer Research Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Rosenthal Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at Columbia University: Carol Ann Schwartz Cancer Initiative Research
BC Cancer Agency Research
BC Cancer Agency Herbs Research Knowledge Network Video (BCCA & UBC)
Globe & Mail
Longwood Herbal Task Force
MedHerb Links
Health World - Herbal Materia Medica
A Modern Herbal
American Botanical Council / Common Herbs / Reference Guide
Gardening & Farming Herb Gardening Common Herbs
Growing & Using Herbs -The Herb Society, South Texas Unit
-Garden Guides
-Culinary Herb Guide
Foraging Foraging Sites & Group Walks Wild Food Adventures (Portland, OR), School of Self-Reliance (Los Angeles, CA), 'Wildman' Steve Brill (NYC, NY), Russ Cohen (MA), Blanche Derby (Western MA), Vickie Shufer / Links (Virginia Beach, VA), Bonnie Farner (Coker Creek, TN)
Wild Plants in Ontario Native Plants Edible Native Plants of North-Eastern North America
Possibly Edible Native Fruits: NANPS Board's Articles by Lorraine and Catherine
OntarioTrees Native Trees & Shrubs
Humber Arboretum Native Plant List
Ontario Trees & Shrubs Edible Plants
Poisonous Plants
Alien Plants
Forest Gardening
Urban Fruit Gleaning Not Far From The Tree (Toronto's local urban fruit tree harvesting club)
Wildlife Gardening
Xeriscape Gardening Wikipedia
Veganics (Vegan Organic Agriculture) Vegan Organic Network (Vegan Organic Trust) Veganics: The Basics & The Details
Veganic Stock-free Organic Standard (SOS) Certification
Veganics Links
Vegan Permaculture The Permavegan
Movement for Compassionate Living
Vegan Organic Gardening
Burnett's Vegan Permaculture Beginner's Guide
Veganics (Friends of Animals)
Vegan Organics (Plants for a Future)
Center for Vegan Organic Education (Whistling Winds) Goals
Veganic Gardening
Veganic Agriculture Network (North America) About
Veganic Agriculture in Detail
List of Farms
Veganic Farms, Eco-Villages, Communities, Education Centres Canada (6) Spirit of the Earth, The Living Centre & Living Arts Institute, (London, Ontario) [NOTE: New Age]
Glascott Farm Quote: "Transitioning to veganic agriculture after farming biodynamically with pigs. The remaining pigs were adopted by a farm sanctuary when they chose to switch to veganic farming." (Markdale, Ontario) [NOTE: Follows Anthroposophy and Biodynamic Farming]
Groleau Garden, (St-Casimir, Quebec)
Janlau Farm, (Baie-du-Febvre, Quebec)
Les Jardins Vivaces, "Small horticultural farm using Chipped Branch Wood to produce a huge variety of perennial plants for home." (Charlesbourg, Quebec)
Ark Gardens, (Minburn County, east-central Alberta)
Chescott Farm / Niagara Escarpment Organics "The farm grew greens, peas, garlic, heirloom tomatoes, sweet potatoes, eggplant, squash, root vegetables, leeks, among other vegetables, and also wild edible flowers, a perennial tea garden, and a medicinal herb garden. They planted 150 fruit and nut trees in 2007 and hoped to eventually have an edible forest garden." (Clarksburg, Ontario) [Note: CLOSED in 2009]
US (8) Unexpected Farm, CNG, 3188 Unexpected Rd (Watkins Glen, NY)
Huguenot Street CSA Veganic Farm, Ron & Kathryn Khosla, 845-256-0686, farm{at}, 205 Huguenot St, New Paltz, FOA Article. "200-share CSA program. Actively involved in developing veganic certification." (New Paltz, NY)
Hesperides Organica (Warwick, New York)
Honey Brook Organic Farm CSA (Pennington, New Jersey)
Reverence Gardens (Round Lake, Illinois)
Victoria Farm (Geneva, Florida)
Santa Cruz Farm (Espanola, New Mexico)
Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center (Patagonia, Arizona)
? Sunizona Family Farms (Willcox, Arizona)
? Stony Run CSA Veganic Farm, Pennsylvania, US (Kelle Kersten & Bob Flatley, 55 Scout Rd, Kempton, PA, magicjubilee{at} Quote: Kelle is committed to producing food in the healthiest, most sustainable fashion possible. In addition, the farm is the only veganic (ie. no animal products used whatsoever) that we know of in Pennsylvania.
? Khadighar Veganic Farm, Industry, Franklin County, Maine, US (Will Bonsall, 39 Bailey Rd, Industry, Maine) Quote: A service-oriented demonstration farm featuring veganic farming and a vegetarian, self-reliant lifestyle. We offer classes and tours during the growing season. Write or call for a schedule. We also sponsor the Scatterseed Project. MOF&G Article
? Whistling Winds CSA Farm & Education Center, Washington State, US (US Branch of VON)
? Dana Farm, Mississippi, US (Tom and Sue Ann Dana)
? Garden of Vegan, Big Island, Hawai'i, US
UK (8) Plants For A Future (PFAF) Permaculture Community (Cornwall, UK)
Steward Community Woodland (Devon, UK)
Tolhurst Organic Produce Farm, Iain Tolhurst, tolhurstorganic{at} (West Lodge, Hardwick, Whitchurch-on-Thames, Oxon, RG8 7RA, UK)
Welsh College of Horticulture Organic Farm, Paul Robertshaw, paul.robertshaw{at}, 50 veg boxes/week, 2nd in UK w/SOS Certified. (Northop, Mold, Flintshire, UK)
Growing Green Box Market Garden, Katrina and Steve, from Dave Darlington. (UK)
Growing With Nature Market Garden, Alan and Debra Schofield, December 2005 SOS Certified. (Preston, UK)
Sow and Grow Organics, Jenny Hall and Keith Griggs, October 2005 SOS Certified. (Wigan, UK)
Brynderwen Vegan Community (Swansea Bay, Gower Peninsula, South Wales, UK)
Ireland (1) Ballyroe Vegan Organic Horticulturalists (Cork, IR)
Spain (1) EcoForest Project, Permaculture Links (Malaga, Spain)
New Zealand (1) The Organic Certifier Farm, Merlin Rees, Biodynamic, Permaculture. (South of Kerikeri, Northland, New Zealand)
Ecovillage at Ithaca Cohousing, Ithaca, New York, US
Organic Farming Wikipedia Index
Organic Farming Legislation Worldwide
Organic Farming vs. Agro-Ecology
Crop Harvest Calendar for Ontario
Pick-Your-Own Organic Farms in Southern Ontario Avalon Orchards Organic Farm (Pick-your-own apples; wagon rides, woodland trails, blue heron pond, beaver creek; 3150 5th Line, Thornton, ON, L9S 4P7, SW of Innisfil, Simcoe County; 10am-5pm, end of August til middle of October; Gaye Trombley, 1-866-458-9902/705-458-9902,; article; Innisfil ED Article)
Blueberry Lane Transitional Organic Farm (Pick-your-own Apples, blueberries, figs, grapes, pears; 4224 Hwy #3E, Sherkston, ON L0S1R, between Fort Erie & Port Colborne, on Hwy #3E, corner of Clark Rd, 905-894-4945,
Organic Gardening Veg Family
Organic Food Organic Food Info, CNN
Organic Food vs. Pesticide Food
Organic Industry Structure: November 2003, June 2005, July 2007,
Other Food Topics Why Files
Veggie Dogs & Burgers
PTFE-free and PFOA-free Non-Stick Frying Pans - ecoholic
- CBC Report
- Green Gourmet stainless steel (Cuisinart)
- Earth Chef (Berghoof)
Cooking & Recipes Gluten-free Grains & Flours Bread Net
Celiac Sprue Association
VegSoc UK
Cooking Beans & Grains
Crock Pot
GoodStuff Online
Open Your Heart Recipes
Vegan Chef
Vegan Connection
Vegan Kitchen

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