MISSION & VISION
Sparrow & Co. is a not-for-profit social enterprise that was created to serve the local community by strategically directing our profits and products towards those in need. Not only do we donate our farm fresh vegetables to local community food programs, but we also create pathways of hope and purpose for those caught in the cycle of poverty and mental health issues through work and volunteer positions. We believe that farm practices in the sun, soil, and outdoor air provides and promotes physical and emotional well-being and mental health care.
In 2017 Sparrow & Co. received a donation of land in the East Scarborough area which we named Sparrow Gardens. We went on to become Farmer's Market vendors at the University of Toronto in 2018 and at Evergreen Brickworks in 2019. As a result of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic Sparrow & Co. lost the farmland. However, we were determined not to let the setback stop us from fulfilling our mission. We utilized what resources we had and farmed donated backyard spaces in order to meet heightened food insecurity issues during the 2020 lockdown. Sparrow Gardens focused our efforts on the donation-crop; making connections and building partnerships with local community food programs that used our food to meet the needs of those struggling in poverty. We are happy to announce that we have land for the 2021 season and are excited to get digging!
WHAT WE DO
As a support to the community we set goals to provide ample opportunity for community involvement through job training, mentorship, as well as volunteer positions. As a not-for-profit business, Sparrow & Co. sells veggie shares to the general public in order to fund and farm the donation-crop. In 2021, Sparrow Gardens will be farming half our land for the purposes of donation. Any and all purchases from us help to accomplish this goal and supports well established local community food programs and food banks.