AwardWinner TrentUniversityFarm2


Project: Urban Farming at the Trent
Peterborough, ON
Award Winner:
ZinCo Canada

Green Roof Provider: Jelle Vonk, ZinCo Canada Inc 
Building Architect: Royden Moran, Royden Moran Architect
Roofing Contractor: Joe Battisti, Roma Building Restoration
Design & Installation: Nate Torenvliet, Environmental Design Group
Leak Detection System: Chris Eichhorn, International Leak Detection
Waterproofing Supplier: Tremco
Plant Material: Mark Vanderkruk, Connon NVK


“With this Urban Roof Top Farm, Trent University was ahead of the curve as they were one of the first ones successfully growing crops on the roof on a larger scale. It is a great example for future Urban Roof Top Farms in North America and especially in northern colder climates.”
Jelle Vonk, ZinCo Canada


Hands On Food Production and Learning at Trent University

This project is located on the Trent canal in Peterborough, Ontario. The roof garden was specifically designed for urban farming and is situated over the biology wing of the Environmental Science Building of Trent University. Through the efforts of Dr. Tom Hutchinson, Professor Emeritus, this intensive green roof also provides ongoing research into the deleterious effects of ground level ozone on crop production and provides students with an opportunity to study the potential of plants to filter out air pollutants. The food produced on the roof provides organic produce to The Seasoned Spoon, a student run, fair trade, vegetarian campus café, as well as providing a measure of food security to local citizens through the Peterborough chapter of Food Not Bombs.

The vegetable garden plots are located on the outside strips of the roof. The center strip is planted with a pallet of native perennials specifically chosen for pollinators like butterflies and bees. This rooftop urban farm employs organic principles and highlight native plants, indigenous agricultural techniques, permaculture techniques and practice seed saving.

AwardWinner TrentUniversityFarm3

The judges were impressed by this projects vibrancy and apparent dedication and enthusiasm of the participants in its development and maintenance. They also praised the project for its high human ecological factor, providing invaluable hands-on experience for university students and future generations.

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