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The Power of Food and Community

By Andrea Dawber & Paul DeCampo, Karma Food Coop



The walk will begin at 69 Albany Avenue which was Jane Jacob's home for many years. There we will share stories of Karma Co-op’s early history and the group of influential activists like Jane who helped establish Karma as a local hub for organic food & sustainability. We will walk the few blocks to Karma and share more stories about co-op’s continuing evolution as a Toronto food hub and place of community action and engagement. When we arrive, there will be a brief talk about the 100-year history of Karma’s building and its role in providing food to the neighborhood. Some of Karma's local vendors will be attending for the day - Circulr, Zara’s Gourmet, Kare Granola, and The Stop - and you will be introduced to them and invited to visit their tables. 

The next stop will be a tour of Karma Co-op with an introduction to co-operative values and community decision-making. The Karma tour will include a discussion of local food systems and sustainability followed by a visit to a sustainably-built laneway house. We will wrap up our walk at Karma with refreshments and time to socialize. 


Jane Jacobs said “What we need is a Karma-like co-operative in every neighborhood in North America”. Come and find out if you agree.

Walk Start Location: 69 Albany Avenue.

Walk End Location: Karma Food Co-op.

Saturday, May 6


Saturday, May 6


Sunday, May 7


Sunday, May 7



Language: English 

Area: Seaton Village, Bathurst Station

Theme: Advocacy and Politics, Arts and Culture, Food and Drink, Architecture and Urban Planning, Environment and Sustainability, History and Community

Accessibility: Uneven terrain, Stairs or other barriers, Breaks encouraged, Indoor stops, Family-friendly walk

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