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Events 2011

Seedy Saturdays and Sunday 2012

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The GTA’s yearly seed exchange and sale has now been split into 5 community-sized events!

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Join the Seedy event in your area to celebrate the start of the gardening season with:
  • A community seed exchange of heritage and heirloom plants
  • Local seed and food vendors
  • Educational workshops for both novice and experienced gardeners

This year our focus is - SOIL: The life beneath our feet!

You can look forward to great information on small-scale composting and how to build healthy soil for healthy plants.

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Visit the Seedy Saturday or Sunday in your neighbourhood to connect with local gardeners, seed savers and community groups. For more information, contact the email for your local event!

Scadding Court

Evergreen Brick Works

Heron Park Community Centre

West End

Lawrence Heights Community Centre

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General Questions about Seedy Saturday or Sunday in the GTA?

Seedy Saturday and Sunday are open to everyone
– admission is by donation: Pay What You Can –
  • Headline:

Food Sovereignty In Canada

Panel Discussion and Book Launch

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  • Name of Organization: FoodShare Toronto and the Toronto Food Policy Council
  • Date: Thursday November 24, 2011
  • Time: 7-9pm
  • Location: FoodShare, 90 Croatia Street, Toronto, ON M6H 1K9
  • Cost: FREE

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Panel Discussion with editors Hannah Wittman and Nettie Wiebe, with Debbie Field, Executive Director of FoodShare, and Lauren Baker, Coordinator of the Toronto Food Policy Council.

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Books will be available for sale and signing, as well as delicious snacks from FoodShare’s Field to Table Catering. - also FREE!

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The Oakville Sustainable Food Partnership and the Halton Food Council Present:

Growing & Sharing

Community Gardens in Halton

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  • When: Sunday, November 20 from 1-4pm
  • Where: Oakville Public Library, Central Branch
  • 120 Navy Street, Oakville
  • Cost: FREE

Curious about community gardens in Halton? Interested in getting one started?

Come meet your fellow community garden enthusiasts and take part in changing the future of fresh food in Halton!

Join us for Growing & Sharing - Community Gardens in Halton, an exciting celebration of local healthy food projects, including community gardens and other food initiatives popping up across the region. Featuring inspiring discussions by community leaders who are working to make fresh food accessible to everyone, this event will also provide the tools and resources needed to get community gardens started in your neighbourhood.

Guest Speakers:

  • Jonathan McNeice, Oakville Sustainable Food Partnership
  • Gayle Cruikshank, Halton Food for Thought
  • Susan Curran, Oakvillegreen Community Garden
  • Jacqui Cornelisse, Clearview Neighbourhood Garden
  • Jen McPherson, Growing & Sharing - Food in Halton
  • Crystal McNerney, Applemead Co-op Garden
  • Michelle Bennett, Burlington Green

Registration is required.

The Permaculture Project GTA Fall 2011 Conference, Nov. 19 & 20

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Permaculture

Living

Conference/Gathering

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  • When: Nov. 19 & 20 - 9 am to 6 pm
  • Where: The Stop's Green Barn,
  • 601 Christie Street, Barn #4
  • How much: $80 for 2 days (including meals).
    • Volunteers: $20 for 2 days (to cover meals).

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  • Creating collaborative communities built around fresh food
  • Why you should come: to learn about permaculture and/or get the latest tools/skills, network with community builders, make new friends over great food, have inspiring conversations where your ideas are welcomed, and feel more prepared for a future of economic and climate change.

Registration is open at Ticket Inforamtion

And - RSVP on Facebook

Starting A Community Gardening Workshop

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The Plot Thickens community gardening workshop will give you a good start! It will be given by A Rocha Canada’s experienced gardening friends, partners and trained community organizers.

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  • Location: Yonge Street Mission 306 Gerrard Street East (at Parliament St.), Toronto
  • Date: Saturday, November 5th
  • Time: 9am-5pm
  • Food: Vegetarian lunch and refreshments included
  • Cost: $20 for single, or 2 for $30. Includes garden manual and lunch (subsidies available)

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The first component is a one-day comprehensive workshop covering:

  • - gathering your garden team,
  • - generating excitement about a community project,
  • - managing plots,
  • - gardening how-tos,
  • - facing challenges and more.

For the second component (the ongoing part) participants will receive:

  • - a community gardening manual,
  • - monthly gardening emails,
  • - an online space to connect and a webpage for profiling your new community garden.

Our goal is to partner with you and your Christian community as you develop a garden to support local food production and facilitate community outreach.

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  • Presenters: Paul Abell (A Rocha Canada's GTA Stewardship Coordinator), Angela ElzingaCheng (FoodShare's Community Food Program Manager), Vanja Krajina (former FoodShare Intern), Natassja Harris (Good Soil Community Garden Coordinator at St. David's Anglican Church).
  • Register & Pay Today

Please register by November 1st (deadline for our meal planning). Online form - to pay through PayPal.

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Please help spread the word

This is a great opportunity for churches and individuals to connect with one another and one of their deepest needs: food. Please forward this email to an interested friend by downloading the poster to put up at your church.

Cabbagetown Tree Tour

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Join LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) and the Don Vale Cabbagetown Residents Association for a tour of one of Toronto’s most scenic and historic neighbourhoods. We’ll learn about the gentle giants that make this area so unique, and the stresses these trees will face in the coming years.
Amanda Gomm (LEAF) will share simple tree identification tips, point out specific species of interest and provide tree care tips. She’ll also highlight the role of the emerald ash borer will play in reducing Toronto’s tree canopy by an estimated 8.4%. A representative of the Cabbagetown Canopy Committee will be on hand to answer any questions about how to become involved in tree issues locally.

Hurricane Hazel Tree Tour

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  • Start Location: Étienne Brûlé Park Parking Lot, - Old Mill Dr. at Catherine St. (Walking distance from Old Mill subway station), Toronto
    • (From Old Mill TTC Station go north on Old Mill Trail then east on Old Mill Rd. Walk for about 5 min, past the Old Mill Inn & Spa, over the bridge.)
  • End location: South of Dundas St. W near St. Marks Rd.
  • Difficulty Level: Medium (long route but well paved)

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In October of 1954, Hurricane Hazel slammed into Toronto causing 81 deaths and rendering nearly 2,000 people homeless. With strong winds and over 200mm of rain Hazel caused extensive flooding throughout the GTA with the Humber Valley watershed being hardest hit.
Join Amanda Gomm (LEAF), Gaspar Horvath (Black Creek Project) and Madeleine McDowell (Chair, Humber Heritage Committee) as we examine the transformative impact this storm had on a treasured part of Toronto’s urban forest. We’ll learn what the forest and surrounding area looked like originally, how the hurricane changed both the landscape and the people who lived here as well as efforts made to regenerate this crucial watershed.

HARVEST FESTIVAL

At the Access Point on Danforth Green Roof, 3079 Danforth Ave

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Saturday, October 15th at 10:00am – 3:00pm

An EAT-IN and TEACH-IN with a community potluck

Please bring an appetite and a dish to share!

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       FOOD SOVEREIGNTY, SPROUTING, PAPER MAKING,

       SEED SAVING, and MAKING YOUR OWN APPLE CIDER!

Film Screening:

QUEEN OF THE SUN: a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of the Bees and the mysterious world of the Beehive, this engaging and uplifting film weaves an unusual story of the heartfelt struggle of the bees, the beekeepers, scientists and philosophers around the world.

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  • The garden is wheelchair accessible (there is an elevator to get upstairs)

For more info, contact Lara at lmrosovsky@accessalliance.ca

Places of Worship are Perfect for Community Gardens

Saturday, October 15th, 2011 .

10:00am to 3:30pm .

Salvation Army Agincourt Church, (3080 Birchmount Rd., Scarborough) .

Learn to create a beautiful butterfly garden from the ground up! Find out how to rally support within your faith community to create a community garden. Get tips on how to fundraise for supplies and materials, and attract butterflies and birds to your sacred spaces. Later, we will head outside to put in a garden bed in a new public park on the Salvation Army church grounds. Snacks and a light lunch will be provided.

Soupalicious Toronto!

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Hockey Legend Johnny Bower Sets Goal of Making Mushroom Soup for this Year’s Soupalicious Toronto

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French Mushroom Soup to be served on Sunday October 2nd by Johnny Bower, Toronto Maple Leaf Stanley Cup Champion

Dates: Saturday & Sunday October 1-2, 2011

Time: 11am – 4pm (arrive early, stay late, slurp lots)

Location: Exhibition Place – Heritage Court, Toronto

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Hockey Legend Johnny Bower will be amongst the line-up of chefs and supporters of this year’s Soupalicious Toronto, to be held during the weekend of October 1 & 2 to support the veggie-gardening and food-sharing program, Plant a Row – Grow a Row. He will be serving a delicious French mushroom soup on Sunday October 2nd (noon – 2pm).
Mr. Bower’s soup is just one of over 50 soups that will be served by a “cream of the crop” line-up of chefs, caterers, cookbook authors and other supporters from across Ontario. In addition to the culinary and celebrity talents who are donating their time and expertise, the vegetables and other ingredients for the soup-making are being contributed by local farmers, Mushrooms Canada and the Ontario Potato Board.
The 2-day “slurp”-fest also features a line-up of cooking demonstrations including Chef Corbin Tomaszeski of Dinner Party Wars with MCs being Gardening Expert, Mark Cullen, and Sportscaster Rod Black.

Tickets can be ordered in advance for $10 (plus HST) which includes 10 soup samplings with the weekend rate being $15 (plus HST; which includes 20 samplings). There are also special pricing rates for families, seniors and students.

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  • For More Information, please call: Adi Baker @ 416 535 0240

Ticket Prices:

  • In Advance:
    • 1 Day: $10 (+HST) Includes 10 free soup tastings
    • 2-Days $15 (+HST) Includes 20 free soup tastings
  • At the Door:
    • 1 Day $15 (+HST) Includes 10 free soup tastings
    • 2-Days [+$20 (+HST)=} Includes 20 free soup tastings
  • Family, Senior & Student pricing also available.

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www.soupalicious.ca

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Herbal Root Medicine and Tincture Workshop

Join Registered Clinical Herbalist Danette Steele and Toronto Green Community to learn to identify and use medicinal roots! This 3-hour workshop will teach you the basics of identifying a variety of medicinal plant roots found in gardens and parks in Toronto.

Participants will learn how to use plant roots in medicine and tinctures, and will prepare an herbal remedy to take home with them. You may want to bring your own cup/mug! Come prepared to dig up roots, make herbal tinctures and learn how to dry plant medicine for winter remedies.

  • Date: Sunday, October 2nd from 10am-1pm
  • Location: Eglinton Park Community Garden, 200 Eglinton Ave W.
  • Price: $40 sliding scale (pre-registration necessary)
  • Please note: this popular hands-on workshop will be limiting registrations and therefore requires pre-registration and payment.

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Contact: garden@torontogreen.ca or 416 781 7663 to sign up or for more information

SHIITAKE!!! Edible Mushroom Growing Workshop – INDOORS!

Learn how to grow shiitake mushrooms, and the history and health of eating marvelous fungi.

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Ann McIlmoyle (Waymac Farms) and Vanessa Ling Yu (Interconnected Initiatives & Food Forward) will guide you through the basics of growing mushrooms indoors, from site selection to shiitake spores.

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Event details:

Location: North York Civic Centre, Committee Room #4

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2011

Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Cost: Pay-What-You-Can when you RSVP* OR! $25 for "drop-in" attendees

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Bring with you:

- Garden gloves or small plastic bags to wear over your hands

- Cash for donation to Food Forward and/or to make a purchase

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Take home:

- Samples of ‘shrooms!

- Information pamphlets - Ready, “pinned” log at a special workshop price

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For more information and/or to RSVP: vanessalingyu@gmail.com

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Support and sponsorship from: Food Forward www.pushfoodforward.com, Live Green Toronto Container Growing Animators Program with TD Friends of the Environment

Grassroots Presents:
“Winter Proof Your Garden + Urban Gardening”

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  • Date: Sept 30, 2011
  • Time: 6-7:30 pm
  • Location: Big Carrot Green Roof (348 Danforth Ave)
  • Host: Zora Ignjatovic

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Let’s make urban gardening fun! Join us catching the last rays of the summer sun on the brand new Green Roof on top of the Big Carrot (348 Danforth Avenue). Our host, Zora Ignjatovic will guide you through the hows-and-whats of preserving your garden through winter, and sheds light on mysteries like vertical gardening and growing tomatoes in a concrete parking lot. All this on the top of the Carrot, in a very pleasant environments. We will have some snacks to munch on as well.

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About the host

Zora Ignjatovic is grateful to be a gardener on the Carrot Green Roof. She is a horticulturist and garden coach pursuing her life’s passion to educate and inspire people to rethink their relationship to nature, food, shared meals and the celebration of life. Her “Growing in a Box, thinking Outside the Box” lecture has received great interest. This season Zora is co-facilitating a bi-weekly “Building Resilience” workshop, teaching people about edible and medicinal plants in the neighbourhood....

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Register at Grassroots

If you would like to register for the workshops, there are several ways to do so:

Perth Dupont Community Garden

Forth Annual Fall Harvest - Pot Luck and Barbecue

Sunday September 25 From 4 to 7pm

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Featuring our
Organic Heirloom Potatoes and CHIVE WALNUT PESTO

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As a special Feature for the wonderful dog owners that use the park there will be a

Dog Show and Training Workshop

Held by Livia DiGiovanni of Canine Rainbow

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Location - Dupont & Symington

The Perth Dupont Community Garden is located just outside the downtown core of Toronto, in the west end. We are one block west of Symington Ave, just north of Dupont St. The only entrance to the garden is on Perth Ave.

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Come join the Perth Dupont Community Garden Barbecue.

Bring your recipes and garden seeds for trading. If you would like to bring a Potluck dish, that would be greatly appreciated.

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  • We will also have information available about our Certified Organic Fertilizer
  • for more information please e-mail Susan at perth-dupontcg@frogstar.com

Ben Nobleman Park

Community Orchard

SECOND ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL

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Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Location: Ben Nobleman Park 1405 Eglinton Ave W which is located across from Eglinton West subway station

It’s all part of Growing for Green's second annual Harvest Festival in Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard.

  • Orchard tours,
  • free fruit and snacks,
  • fun children's activities,
  • our ever-supportive councillor Joe Mihevc will also be on hand to welcome visitors.
  • and the chance to win great prizes –
Growing for Green has been busy planning for this year's exciting event, which will include some of the very popular exhibits from last year. Toronto Beekeepers Cooperative will be returning with their demo hive filled with real bees to explain the importance of pollinators in order to pollinate fruit trees! Not Far From The Tree will show us how to press cider and Garden Jane will be back with more fun activities for kids. Also enjoying the fresh air will be members of Classical Martial Arts with a martial arts demo

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The Fall Organic & Permaculture Gardening Workshops

Garden Jane has two upcoming permaculture workshops for both newbies and those with some experience. Hope to see you there!
Permaculture gardening is the conscious design of garden ecosystems that mimic the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems. We ask and observe, what would nature do? This hands-on workshop introduces permaculture theory and ways to apply it in your home or community garden.

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Kavanah Garden - Harvest Festival

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Time:

  • Sunday, September 18 · 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Location:

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Join us to celebrate the bounty of Fall at

Shoresh's Kavanah Garden!

Festivities include:

  • Theatre workshop with Naomi Tessler and Branch Out Theatre!
  • Making awesome blended goodies with the bicycle powered blender!
  • Harvesting vegetables for tzedakah!
  • Garden beautification projects!
  • Music!
  • Dance!
  • Fun!
  • Community!

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  • Bring your family, friends and acquaintances for a beautiful afternoon in a lovely place with wonderful people.
  • Bring instruments, smiles, and a picnic lunch to enjoy!
  • Suggested donation: $6/person, $18/family

LORRAINE JOHNSON

“CITY FARMING: ADVENTURES IN URBAN GARDENING”

ADMISSION IS FREE AND OPEN TO ALL

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High Park Baptist Church 9 HEWITT AVE

Sunday, September 11, 2:00 p.m.

Author Lorraine Johnson (City Farmer: Adventures in Urban Gardening, Tending the Earth) will give a talk and reading on urban farming. Signed copies of Lorraine’s book will be available during the event. This special talk is part of the Urban Veg Tour 2011.

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Tickets for the full tour are available at:

The Horticultural Societies of Parkdale and Toronto Present:
The First Urban Vegetable Garden Tour in High Park - Parkdale

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  • Date: 11 September 2011
  • Time: 10AM to 4PM
  • Location: High Park/Roncesvalles/Parkdale

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  • This is a self-guided garden tour of 15 eclectic urban vegetable gardens
  • There will also be a free talk by noted author and urban farmer Lorraine Johnson at 2:00 at the High Park Baptist Church at Roncesvalles and Hewitt
  • plus mini-presentations by gardeners.

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Gardens range from community gardens, allotments, a rooftop container garden over a three-car garage, compact backyard container gardens, educational kids' gardens, and a hockey rink that converts to a veg garden in the summer.

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Admission to private gardens by Ticket only $10 (cash only), $5 for students and seniors - available at:

The Stops
Global Roots Garden
Harvest Party
The Global Roots garden is a multicultural community garden at the Stop Community Food Centre's Green Barn. It brings together seniors and youth from Toronto's diverse cultural communities to celebrate food growing techniques from around the world.

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Come join us in the garden for our Harvest Party

  • Saturday Sept. 10 from 2-5 pm
  • Green Barn, 601 Christie

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Meet the gardeners, tour the plots, sample tasty food, and enjoy music from around the world and youth theatre.

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Contact Liz for more info:

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FOOD FORWARD presents:

SPROUTS TO SHOUTS: GROWING OUR VOICES IN COMMUNITY FOOD ADVOCACY

  • DATE and TIME: Tuesday, Sept. 6, workshop: 6:00 – 8:30 pm,
  • Garden Party: 8:30 – 10:00 pm

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  • LOCATION: Big Carrot Green Roof (Big Carrot indoor space in case of rain)
  • DIRECTIONS: From Chester Station, walk west to the Carrot Common (look for The Big Carrot co-op grocery store and follow the sign
  • COST: free!! Donations accepted.

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RSVP and QUESTIONS:

The workshop is capped at 50 participants so please RSVP early by email.

If you can’t attend the workshop, all are welcome at the garden party, no RSVP needed.

Please contact Caitlin to RSVP or with questions, at clg@yorku.ca or (647) 770 8749.

DESCRIPTION: Community food projects including kitchens, gardens, bake ovens, farmers’ markets, and fruit collecting projects are thriving all over Toronto! Although our projects face many common advocacy challenges and opportunities, it’s proven difficult to connect and strategically advocate for our collective priorities amidst all the action. Until now!
This workshop aims to create a space for Torontonians involved in or interested in community food projects to connect with one another and build our capacity for collective and individual political advocacy. Participants will connect with allies, improve advocacy literacy to build capacity for action, examine how power plays into food system transformation, explore our vision for the role of municipal government in community food projects, and define common advocacy action priorities.
The workshop will be facilitated by Caitlin Langlois Greenham, Education & Advocacy Intern, Food Forward; with Darcy Higgins, Executive Director, Food Forward; and guest speaker Lauren Baker, Coordinator, Toronto Food Policy Council.

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The workshop will be followed by an optional Food Forward Garden Party. This is an informal and fun social and networking event and a great opportunity to check out the Big Carrot Rooftop Garden.

  • All are welcome!

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to book a flexible group follow-up session with the workshop facilitators during the fall to discuss their specific projects, create an advocacy action plan, and explore practical advocacy tools. These could include meeting with Councillors, letter writing, deputations, petitions, community meetings, or other skills upon request.

LEAF Tree Tenders Training at the Toronto Botanical Garden

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Description: This 15 hour training program is designed for individuals who want to gain tree-related knowledge and skills. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about trees, and how to properly care for them then this course for you!

Each session provides basic arboriculture training which includes a combination of indoor and outdoor instruction. The final day of the course includes a group tree planting, putting the knowledge learned to practice.

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Registration is required for our fall sessions, which can be found here: www.yourleaf.org/tree-tenders-volunteer-training

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Location: Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave East

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Cost: $50/$70 with course material (+HST)

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Dates (Participants must attend all 4 sessions):

  • Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 6:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 29, 2011, 6:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 1, 2011, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 6:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

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For more information or to register visit www.yourleaf.ca or contact jessica@yourleaf.org

The Green Roof at Access Point on Danforth Presents ....

Summer Garden Party

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Monday, August 29th From 5:00pm – 7:00pm

3079 Danforth Ave

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  • Taste the garden harvest & celebrate the beauty of the Green Roof
  • Learn about bees & other pollinators
  • Meet the Green Roof gardeners
  • Make your own seed balls
  • Visit “Green Connections” corner
  • As well as Garden Tours by Youth Environmental Ambassadors
  • the Roof Garden is wheelchair accessible – to the deck/seating area

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For more information and to RSVP - please contact:

Edible Tree Tour and Recycle the Rain

Edible Tree Tour showcases the bounty of Toronto’s urban forest

On Sunday, August 14, 2011, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. join LEAF - Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests, Growing for Green, Not Far From the Tree and Forbes Wild Foods for an Edible Tree Tour of the neighbourhood around Ben Nobleman Park located opposite the Eglinton West subway station.

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Tree “treats” provided. Suggested $5 donation. Registration recommended at www.yourleaf.org

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Workshop shows homeowners how to “recycle the rain”

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On Tuesday, August 23, 2011 from 6:30 pm. - 8:00 p.m. Chris Denich, a water resource engineer, will conduct a free workshop at the Victoria Village Toronto Public Library, 184 Sloane St. (Lawrence Ave. East and Victoria Park Ave.) focusing on how homeowners can use rain water for the benefit of their yards and help protect Toronto’s precious watersheds.

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For more information or to register visit www.yourleaf.org or contact Kyle Ferguson at 416.413.9244 ext. 16

Food from Small Spaces Fair!

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Urban Backyard, Balcony, and Rooftop Food-Growing

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Free Admission

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Light refreshments - Live Music
Raffle prizes & give-a-ways (while supplies last)!

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  • Saturday, 13 August 2011
  • 2:00 – 5:00 pm
  • At Eastminster United Church - Hurndale Room (Lower Level)
  • 310 Danforth Ave.

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Displays & info on growing foods in containers, raised beds, and on rooftops
Vendor tables with supplies & resources for containers and food growing advice
Guided tours of the new Carrot Green Roof garden at 3pm and 4pm
Opportunity to register for upcoming related workshops that will be held at a later date

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There is more info on raffle prizes and give-aways etc., as well as the full list of confirmed vendors on our Facebook page
  • For More Information please contact Martina V. Rowley martina@ecospark.ca
  • Tel. 647.208.1810
  • Community Animator - South
  • Live Green Toronto Community Animation Program
www.ecospark.ca
Edible Weeds Walking Tour

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  • Friday August 12th, 11-1 pm

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Join The Stop Community Food Centre and special guest Helen Mills for our second edible weeds tour, looking at invasive (non-native) forest plants that are also edible!

Foraging inspired snacks will be served!

  • purslane

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Composting and Harvesting Workshops
  • Composting Workshop
  • - the why's and how's of composting

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  • Saturday, August 13, 4-6 pm

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  • Harvesting Workshop
  • - techniques for harvesting different kinds of herbs and vegetables

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  • Saturday, August 20, 4-6 pm:

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RSVP to gardens@dufferinpark.ca.

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Hope you can make it!

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Pollinator Garden Bee: If You Build it They Will Come

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Join PACT’s Grow-to-Learn team to install a large-scale pollinator garden at our new farm in North Toronto. We will be preparing soil, installing signs, planting native pollinator-attracting plants, creating nesting sites, making seed balls and more!

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Location: John Pollony Collegiate Institute (formerly Bathurst Heights Collegiate Institute, 640 Lawrence Ave W

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Dates/Times (subject to change due to weather conditions):

Wednesday August 3rd, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM Thursday August 4th, 7:00 AM-10:00 AM

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RSVP required: Sabrina Malach, sabrinamalach@gmail.com, 647-224-3409

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For more information, visit: www.pactprogram.ca/pact/Pollinator.html

FoodCycles Farm and Gardening Equipment Sale!

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WHEN: Tuesday July 26

  • 5:00pm-8:00pm

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WHERE: FoodCycles Greenhouse

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WHAT’S FOR SALE:

Commercial refrigerators to keep those veggies cool, Stainless steel double bowl free standing sink, garden tools, seeders, and much more!

HOW DO I GET THERE:

  • Driving: From the 401 exit Keele St. head North, right on Sheppard Ave, right on John Drury Dr., Right on Canuck Ave.
  • On TTC: From Downsview Subway Station take the westbound 106, or the westbound 84 bus to Sheppard and Keele.
Seeds for Change

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York Region Community Garden Hop!

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Seeds for Change and the York Region Community Gardening Network invite you to join our first Garden Hop to showcase community gardens north of Steeles Ave. We will visit three community gardens and end the tour with a light dinner.

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What: York Region Community Garden Hop and Light Dinner

When: Tuesday July 26th, 2011

Time: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

Where: We will meet at the Promenade Shopping Mall, by lot #10 (Bathurst Street entrance)

How: A bus has been arranged to transport us

Requested Donation: $15

RSVP: To Shauna at shaunak33@gmail.com

  • or (416)833-3361

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If you want your garden included on one of our tours, contact Lynne at: lynne@seedsforchangegardens.org

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To learn more about Seeds For Change visit: seedsforchangegardens.org

The Perth Dupont Community Garden Invites You

We will be celebrating the HARVEST and COMMUNITY of our

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SUMMER EVENING GARDEN GATHERING

POT LUCK AND MUSIC

Date - Friday July 15th from 6:00 pm ‘til dark

Location - Dupont & Symington

The Perth Dupont Community Garden is located just outside the downtown core of Toronto, in the west end. We are one block west of Symington Ave, just north of Dupont St. The only entrance to the garden is on Perth Ave.

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Come join the Perth Dupont Community Garden as we enjoy our fresh veggies and music.

Please feel free to bring your MUSICAL talents. There will also be a few guitars on hand if you are interested in participating, but do not have access to equipment.

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  • If you would like to bring a Vegetarian Potluck dish, that would be greatly appreciated.
  • We will have community garden information about Sun Safety and Air Quality
  • We will also have information available about our Certified Organic Fertilizer

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Join us at Access Point on Danforth to celebrate our new Green Roof!

Please join us as we celebrate the beautiful and edible garden that has started growing, and most importantly, the growing connections between people in the community.

Tuesday July 12th

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Access Point on Danforth

3079 Danforth Avenue

(at Victoria Park Station)

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The Green Roof at the Hub on Danforth
The Green Roof is a new garden that will be in its first growing season in 2011.

Read More >>

The Under Storey - The Forgotten Forest Layer

  • Date: Wednesday July 6, 2011, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Location: North York Civic Centre, Council Chambers, 5100 Yonge St, Toronto
  • Hosts: LEAF with East Don Parkland Partners and North American Native Plant Society
  • Cost: Free
Paul Heydon, engaging biologist and native plant expert, will be our guide on a visual journey through the mysterious forest understory. Get a glimpse of the beautiful and unique life forms that make up this delicate layer of the forest, and walk away with practical ideas about native plants suited to the shadier areas of your own yard. This talk will make you see the forest in a whole new light!
From a young age, Paul Heydon was a natural biologist. Identifying plants in the fields across the road from his parents house turned into a lifelong passion. He graduated from the Forestry program at Sir Sandford Fleming College in 2001, and from the Honours Bachelor of Science program in biology at Trent University in 2006. In 2001, he opened Grow Wild, a native Plant nursery and has recently completed a large species at risk study for Parks Canada about Engelmann's Quillwort in the Muskoka's. He has worked with many organizations such as Friends of the Rouge Watershed, Toronto Region Conservation Authority, Kawartha Conservation and Parks Canada to provide consulting advice, plants, and restoration work.

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From Container to Plate

Workshop on Container Gardening
  • Saturday, June 25, 2011
  • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • 612 Markham Street just south of Bloor (across Honest Ed's)

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It's never too Late in the season or too Small a space to...

Grow herbs, tomatoes, other edibles - on your balcony, window-sill, anywhere!

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No gardening experience necessary. All are welcome

  • Learn basic "how to's" of container gardening; bring home a new edible garden.

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Join FoodShare at our Compost Bin Building Bonanza!
Come join us in assembling quality compost bins for use at Toronto community gardens.

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When: Saturday, June 25, 2011, 9:30am – 5pm (lunch included), there will be two shifts: 9:30am–1:45pm and 12:45pm–5pm but you are also welcome to help for the entire day!

Where: 90 Croatia Street Toronto (entrance on NW corner of building)

What’s involved: Building single bin compost bins (materials provided). If you can bring extra hammers, drills, extension cords, and staple guns, it would be most appreciated.

Who:

  • 1. Volunteers looking to donate their time and have loads of fun doing it! No experience necessary!
  • 2. Experienced carpenters/builders/compost bin makers who are willing to lead small teams on the day and share your skills with others.
  • 3. One or two people willing to be team leaders: if you are interested and are available to come to FoodShare in the week or two before the build day to help assemble one composter and then help direct volunteers on the build day, please let us know! (an honourarium may be possible if needed)
  • 4. Friday setup assistance: On Friday June 24th we will be precutting wood and setting up for Saturday. If you are interested in helping out with these activities (time is flexible between 9–5).

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For more info contact Ana Maria Santinoli

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When registering please indicate which shift(s) you’d like to join, if you have any allergies, if you have any other needs and rate your building experience on a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 is no experience and 5 is professional building experience.

What your parents never taught you about the birds and the bees…

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The Pollinators Festival

At the

Evergreen Brick Works

Saturday June 25th, 2011

550 Bayview Avenue

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The Pollinators Festival @ Evergreen Brick Works Farmers Market

  • Learn to plant a pollinator friendly garden
  • Participate in a honey tasting workshop
  • Contribute to our community art exhibit

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Come and learn about what your parents never taught you about the birds and the bees.

The Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto is hosting a free summer gardening workshop about compost basics,

and everyone is invited!

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  • When: Monday June 20, 2011 at 5 p.m.
  • Where: Meet in the foyer of the Galbraith Building (35 St. George Street)
  • Type: Hands-on (no experience needed!)
Come out and learn about the different types of composters, how they work, materials needed, and what to compost. After the discussion we'll be building a 3-bin traditional and a 1-bin vermi (worm) composter for the University Gardens.

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Refreshments will be provided.

Scadding Court Live Local Marketplace Launch

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  • Date: Friday June 17th 2011
  • Time: 6-10 pm
  • Location: Scadding Court Community Centre,707 Dundas St W
    • (south east corner of Dundas & Bathurst Streets)

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Eat, shop, see some great live performances, watch a movie! There's lots to do for people of all ages!

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Our LAUNCH EVENT is on Friday June 17th from 6 pm - 10 pm and the Live Local Marketplace will be open EVERY Friday for the whole summer! The launch will be a FREE community event with an outdoor stage, movie screening, great things to buy, tasty food, art displays, a kid activity area, and a BBQ Fish Fry for people fishing at Scadding Court's indoor fish pond!

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Live Local Marketplace shoppers get tickets to win a gift basket with marketplace products! Winner will be announced every Friday at 9pm at the Marketplace Stage.

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FoodShare's Annual Plant Giveaway for Community Gardens

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  • Thursday June 16 from 1-8pm

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  • Unfortunately, all of the vegetable plants were gone this morning when we arrived at High Park to pick-up the plants for the giveaway
  • We only have ornamental plants for the giveaway on Thursday

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  • However - the TCGN has received a large donation of "bath Bombs" from LUSH - in the shape of flowers. they can be used for your local C.G. fundraising efforts. you can pick up a few boxes at FoodShare on Thursday - there are 12 per box- the paper leaf has mum seeds imbedded in it as an added surprise.
As in past years, FoodShare and gardeners city-wide will be the grateful recipients of plants from the City of Toronto greenhouses that are being made available for use in Community Gardens across the city.
Please join us for our Annual Plant Giveaway for Community Gardens this Thursday, June 16, from 1-8pm at FoodShare, 90 Croatia Street.
Please note that to be fair to all -
  • there will be a LIMIT OF 3 PLANT TRAYS (about 12 plants per tray) PER COMMUNITY GARDEN.
  • And six plant limit for individuals

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  • Happy gardening!

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  • Please also note that we will not accept any calls to reserve plants. First come, first served

Community Gardens

TOWNHALL

in Toronto

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Evening potluck, networking, listening & sharing exercises for churches and communities.

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  • Facilitator: Angela ElzingaCheng
  • Community Food Program Manager, Foodshare

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Inspiring Change. Caring for Creation.
Contact us
604.542.9022 - canada@arocha.ca
HUMBER ARBORETUM AND ETOBICOKE MASTER GARDENERS PRESENTS

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A FREE COMMUNITY EVENT

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Connecting People with Plants

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FREE PARKING

TTC bus from Kipling Station and Wilson Station
www.humberarboretum.on.ca
www.etobicoke.mgoi.ca

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  • Speaker Sessions
  • Educational Tours
  • Nature Walks
  • Master Gardener’s Advice Clinic
  • Children’s Programs
  • Displays and Exhibits
  • Special Events
  • Plant Sale

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ON THE BANKS OF THE WEST HUMBER RIVER

Spring is Finally Here!

Come join the Perth Dupont Community Garden for our Second Annual

Seeds and Plant Sale

Sunday May 22nd - 10 am - 3 pm

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To preserve many different varieties of Vegetables we save our seeds every year. Come see what we have been growing - veggies that grow well in our area.

We also have Certified Organic Fertilizer

Here is a partial list of the seeds that we will have available:

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COME DINE WITH ME CASTING CALL!!!

ARE YOU THE HOST WITH THE MOST?

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FIND OUT IF YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES

TO OUT-DINE, OUT-WINE & OUT-SHINE IN

COME DINE WITH ME CANADA

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We are looking to cast for the show NOW We need people from all walks of life, all ages, male and Female.

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Leslie Spit Tree Tour

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Part of Toronto and Region Conservation's Bird Festival in Tommy Thompson Park
  • Date: Saturday May 14, 2011, 12:30pm to 2:00pm
  • Location: meet at front entrance of Tommy Thompson Park, Toronto

Tour Leader: LEAF's Amanda Gomm, Manager of Volunteer and Community Engagement

Cost: Free but space is limited

Tommy Thompson Park is home to a variety of native trees and shrubs that provide important habitat for birds and other wildlife. Join LEAF's Manager of Volunteers and Community Engagement to learn about the different species and the roles they play in the local ecosystem.
www.yourleaf.org
Tree Tenders Volunteer Training

Course One

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Course Two

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This 15 hour training program is designed for individuals who want to gain tree-related knowledge and skills. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about trees, and how to properly care for them then this course for you!
Each session provides basic arboriculture training which includes a combination of indoor and outdoor instruction. The final day of the course includes a group tree planting, putting the knowledge learned to practice.

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www.yourleaf.org

Recycle the Rain at Home

Landscape Design and Enhancement Workshops

Two Part Series

The Recycle the Rain workshop series will introduce homeowners to the basics of landscape enhancement and design to recycle rain water.

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  • Workshops are held at the Caledon Community Complex, 6215 Old Church Rd, Caledon East, Ont.

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Saturday, May 7, 8:30am - 12:30pm

The first half day workshop will introduce homeowners to the basics of rain gardens, rain barrels and other rain water harvesting and recycling tools. Brunch will be served.

  • $20 fee

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Saturday, May 28, 8:30am - 1:00pm

The second half day workshop will expand upon the systems discussed in workshop #1 and will show homeowners how to connect the systems together. Residents will also have the opportunity to work with a landscape designer to build a personalized landscape design that fits that garden's aesthetic while incorporating rain water harvesting and recycling technologies onto the property. To attend workshop #2, residents must have attended workshop #1. Brunch will be served.

  • $30 fee

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To register or for more information, please contact:

Cynthia Brown at cbrown@trca.on.ca

  • (416)661-6600x5786
Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard
Fruit Tree Care Workshops Series for May 2011

These workshops are organized by Growing for Green, in partnership with Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests - LEAF and Not Far From The Tree. NFFTT

Location: All workshops begin by meeting at the harvest table in the Ben Nobleman Park 1405 Eglinton Ave W which is located across from Eglinton West subway station

Fees: All workshops cost $25.00, enrollment is limited to 25 participants so register early

To register: Email Lynn at growingforgreen@gmail.com and send in your cheque. The first to send in their cheques will be guaranteed a spot.

All workshops take place in rain or shine so dress for conditions For more information visit communityorchard.ca

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Soils, Fertility and Fruit Trees - May 15 morning
  • Thinking of planting a fruit tree in your yard but not sure if the soil is good enough? Or do you have a fruit tree that's struggling and you wonder how to nurture it properly by improving the soil? This workshop is for you.

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Organic Pest Control for Fruit Trees - May 15 afternoon
  • Some gardeners use a cocktail of chemicals to protect their fruit trees from pests and disease and to maximize production. In this workshop you'll learn how to enhance tree health and grow terrific fruit using organic methods.

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How to Choose a Fruit Tree? - May 29 morning
  • You're at the garden centre. And you're ready to buy a nice fruit tree for your yard or your community orchard. WAIT! Have you done your research? There are lots of trees sold in garden centres. Many are popular varieties in the shops but some are not appropriate if your goal is to grow your fruit organically. Improve your chances of fruit growing success by attending this workshop.

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Fruit Tree Grafting - May 29 afternoon
  • Let's say you're crunching on your favorite Royal Gala apple and you feel inspired to plant one of the apple’s seeds in your yard. Will you get a Royal Gala apple tree? The answer is "absolutely not". Most traditional fruit trees are grafted. Learn how to graft to create the fruit tree of your dreams.

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Instructor: Norm Herbert, educator and former orchard manager of ED Smith Farms

communityorchard.ca
NANPS Wildflower Sale- May 7

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  • When: May 7, 2011, 10:00am to 3:00pm

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  • Description:
The North American Native Plant Society is holding its annual sale of wildflowers, ferns, grasses and sedges, as well as trees and shrubs, for every garden, from the sunniest to the shadiest! Native plants attract birds, butterflies and other pollinators, and help restore local ecologies.

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Growing Beautiful Gardens

With Native Plants

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May 5, 2011

7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Bloor Gladstone Library Branch

1101 Bloor Street West

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FREE to register!

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Learn about:

  • plant selection
  • site considerations
  • and what plants you should avoid
Despite the beauty and practicality of Southern Ontario’s native plants, they remain a mystery to many, and are underrepresented in gardens.
This colourful presentation will demonstrate how you can create a beautiful garden.

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Gardening Is For The Birds

Speakers Series For May 2011

Canadians love to garden and bird-watch.

This colourful presentation will show you how to blend these two past-times, creating well designed gardens with year-round beauty and songbird interest.

Learn how to strategically choose and arrange plants, feeders, nesting boxes and water sources to provide the essential elements of life for songbirds.

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  • May 11th - 7 p, - 8 pm

Don Mills Library Branch

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  • May 19th - 7 pm - 8 pm

Bloor Gladstone Library Branch

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  • May 26th - 2 pm - 4 pm

Albert Campbell District Library Branch

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Leslieville-Riverdale Tree Tour
May 5, 2011
  • Date: Thursday May 5, 2011, 6:30pm to 8:00pm
  • Location: meeting place will be emailed to registrants
  • Tour Leader: LEAF's Amanda Gomm, Manager of Volunteer and Community Engagement
  • Tour Partner: Leslieville-Riverdale Tree Project
  • Cost: $5 suggested donation at start of tour

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Over the past four years, community members have been going door-to-door encouraging their neighbours to plant trees. Join us as we explore this neighbourhood and visit some of those residents who have participated in this amazing grass-roots project!

Ryerson ONLINE Food Security Courses – SPRING/ SUMMER 2011

Looking to grow your understanding of food security issues?
Explore the 5 As, how food policies are developed, how food security is achieved at the community level, and why people are growing food in urban areas through taking the food security courses offered at Ryerson University this Spring/ Summer!!

Starting in May, Ryerson is offering a basic introductory course in food security concepts, a food policy and programs course, a course on community development and food security, and two urban agriculture courses - which are part of an urban agriculture series developed by Ryerson’s Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education and Centre for Studies in Food Security in partnership with ETC-Urban Agriculture and the international network of Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security (RUAF).'

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Courses offered in SPRING/SUMMER (MAY-AUGUST) 2011: that are still open to first-time students:

None of these courses require a prerequisite.

To find out more about the online courses and/or the Certificate in Food Security, visit:

For more information, contact the academic coordinator,

Register now, classes begin May 7th!!

Save Our Soil
We walk on it and eat from it ...
we have to stop taking our soil for granted.
Quality soil is based on a simple equation:
What you take out, you must put back - in -
Adding compost restores our soil's vitality, providing the texture, structure and nutrients needed for health plant growth

International Compost Awareness Week 2011 and beyond...

May 1st - 7th, 2011

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The Compost Council of Canada is a national non-profit, member-driven organization with a charter to advocate and advance organics residuals recycling and compost use. It serves as the central resource and network for the compost industry in Canada and, through its members, contributes to the environmental sustainability of the communities in which they operate.

The Compost Council of Canada spearheads a Canada-wide veggie-growing and sharing program,

Established with the Garden Writers Association with support from local food banks across Canada, Plant a Row • Grow a Row encourages gardeners to grow and share an extra row of veggies for neighbours in need.

An extension of the program,

is designed to encourage and teach children & their families how to start and grow an edible garden at their home, whether with a backyard or a balcony garden or through access to a local community garden.

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www.compost.org
April 28th, 2011
- ReelHeART Monthly Film Series Goes GREEN and BLUE!

ReelHeART.com

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Dinner and a Movie for $25 Bucks! (or FILMS Only $10)

SPRING IS FINALLY HERE !
ReelHeART has grown over the past 7 seasons and so should you.

Join us for a series of fascinating docs on Growing! and get a FREE Packet of Seeds so you can show off your own GREEN Thumb!

  • COST: Dinner and A Movie $25 (includes HST)
  • Film Only $10
  • 5:30PM Dinner and Cocktails Starts
  • 7:30PM Admission for Film Starts
  • 7:45 Doors Close
  • 8:00PM Sharp! Film Starts
  • Southern Accent Restaurant (Upstairs)
  • 595 Markham Street Toronto
  • For more information call 416-536-3211

*The Enlightened Time* , Music Video

Featuring the beautiful GRAMMY nominated Jana Mashonee

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Show For Grow is 3 nights of fun in support of FoodCycles - Toronto's beloved urban farm

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  • TUESDAY - April 12th - 7-10pm: SOOK YIN LEE screens EATING RAOUL
  • WEDNESDAY (April 13th) 7-10pm: MARTY AND KIRK host TRIVIA NIGHT
  • THURSDAY (April 14th) 7-10pm: CHRIS LOCKE hosts BINGO NIGHT

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Location: 61 Ossington Ave. Toronto

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ADMISSION: PWYC

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PRIZES TO BE WON!!!!

FOODCYCLES MEMBERSHIPS AND CSA'S AVAILABLE

EACH NIGHT!!!

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FoodCycles is a registered non-profit organization established in 2007 with a mission to connect Torontonians with their food and provide them with the skills, knowledge, and compost to be able to grow their own food. FoodCycles grows over 50 varieties of vegetables and makes compost sourced from local waste suppliers on a one-acre plot of land and in a 3,000 square foot greenhouse in Parc Downsview Park.

Garden Jane - Healthy Food And Garden Education
From the desk of Garden Jane:
I have never been so grateful to get a gardening workshop schedule online. Jerome has been away. Helpers were sick. Chloe stayed engaged by eating handfuls of worm compost (or worse, licking the toilet brush) and yelling UP mama an UH OH every few minutes. Uh oh is right. Back in adult land, every time I manage to get here, I am excited at the way workshops are evolving this spring.
One evolution is the addition of kids programming alongside one of the daylong adult gardening programs this spring. This has been brewing for a while. We want kids to have separate play spaces and learning, but also to have the kids guide the adults in understanding how to garden together. Kids will join the adults as equals in the hands-on gardening and design activities too. Come with or without kids. This all ages approach is designed into the High Park version of the:
  • Introduction to Organic Gardening and Permaculture Workshops on May 7th.
  • Adult-focused versions of the same workshop are happening in Newmarket and in the East End of Toronto. We are adding a rooftop component along with an in-the-ground component in the East End (on the Carrot Common Rooftop). In the Newmarket workshop we will visit an established garden and break ground at a new site.
  • Also on the horizon is our first Herb Id, Harvesting and Processing tour and workshop on May 15th.
  • All of the above have limited spaces and require pre-registration. - Please check the link of the desired workshop to register.

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Up and coming at the Stop's Green Barn: 601 Christie Street
The Dirt on Gardening - a garden workshop series

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Biodiversity, Pollinators and Pests

  • Tuesday April 5th: 6:30-8:30
  • The Green Barn: 601 Christie Street

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  • Participants will gain the knowledge and tools to become pollinator stewards in their own backyard!
  • honey tasting demo!

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- Access Team - Meeting

April 20 2011 - 10 am - noon

Stop's Green Barn- 601 Christie Street,

Room 250, 2nd floor of Barn # 3 – wheelchair accessible

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Seedy Sunday Theme 2011: Access

Including Everyone in the Benefits of Community Gardening .

Following up on this year's Seedy Sunday theme, the TCGN is starting an "Access Team", a working group to organize activities that support greater garden access for everyone. We will be holding a brainstorming/planning meeting on Wednesday, April 20 at the Stop's Green Barn (601 Christie Street, Barn #4) from 10 am - noon. If you would like to contribute your time and energy to this group, please join us.

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Growing Beautiful Gardens

With Native Plants

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April 18, 2011

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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West Scarborough Neighbourhood Community Centre

313 Pharmacy Ave., Toronto

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FREE to register!

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Learn about:

  • plant selection
  • site considerations
  • and what plants you should avoid
Despite the beauty and practicality of Southern Ontario’s native plants, they remain a mystery to many, and are underrepresented in gardens.
This colourful presentation will demonstrate how you can create a beautiful garden.

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Pushing Further:

Building your career in the good food movement

The booming food sector is providing a variety of exciting opportunities for today’s innovative job seekers and for those looking for a change of career.

Already making up one of eight Toronto jobs, food work is a key component of the City’s employment and economy.

Food Forward

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  • Date/Time: Saturday, April 9th, 11:30AM-5:00PM
  • Location: OISE, University of Toronto - room OISE 5260 (252 Bloor Street West)
  • Cost: $45 for Food Forward members, $50 for non-members, $5 for Supporting members (monthly donors).
  • Registration:
  • Current Supporting Members and anyone with questions, please write to Darcy at darcy@pushfoodforward.com

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Growing for Green Pruning Workshop

URBAN FRUIT TREE PRUNING WORKSHOP

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  • Date: Sunday April 10, 2011

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  • Time: First Session - 10.00 AM to 1.00 PM
  • Time: Second Session - 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    • (rain or shine, dress for the weather)

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  • Location: Ben Nobleman Park 1405 Eglinton Ave W
    • Located across the road from Eglinton West Subway Station
    • Meeting at the Harvest Table

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  • Cost: $25 per participant including snacks.
    • Register early. Workshop size limited to 20 people.

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Growing for Green is pleased to announce that Ken Slingerland, Tender Fruitand Grape Specialist from OMAFRA (Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs) will be leading this year's Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop to take place in Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard.

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Workshop Content:

This 3-hour workshop starts at 10.00 AM in Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard. Topics covered include: Cross-pollination and choosing the right fruit trees, basic pruning theory for best production, initial cuts, balancing the trees energy, managing the central leader.

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AN INTRODUCTION TO BEEKEEPING

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(Dufferin and Bloor, enter Brock Avenue doors)

Tickets $30.00

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Information to include:

  • Beekeeping in Toronto
  • A Beekeeper’s Perspective
  • The Seasons of Beekeeping and Hive Management
  • Beekeeping Equipment and Learning Your Way Around a Hive
  • Gardening to Attract and Support Bee Populations
  • Bee Biology and Life Cycles
    • Apitherapy and the Health Benefits of Bee Products
  • Current Issues in Beekeeping

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PLUS Booths and Displays, Honey and Bee Products for sale

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For further information www.torontobees.ca
To register, email us at torontobees@yahoo.ca

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Seedy Saturdays & Sundays For The Toronto Area - 2011

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Increasing ACCESS To:
seeds - gardening - food
Making our community gardens more inclusive this growing season

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Seedy Saturday & Sunday Events
- Three Locations in the GTA:

Downtown (HartHouse, U of T), North York, Scarborough

Hosted by the
Toronto Community Garden Network

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All translations have been donated by volunteers. Please contact mail@tcgn.ca if you would like to translate part of the poster for us.
Le Dimanche Des Graines 2011 - Siewna Niedziela 2011 - 种子日 2011
أحدالبذور - Domingo de Semillas 2011 - ガーデニング・ウィークエンド

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Green Infrastructure Ontario Workshop!

March 2, 2011

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Training and consultative workshops will be held in six cities across Ontario to share the latest information on how living green infrastructure can address a wide range of urban environmental issues and to determine how policy and program development by municipal and provincial governments can help to ensure that our quality of life is protected, maintained, and enhanced.
Have your say on the development of a Green Infrastructure Strategy for Ontario and help us protect green infrastructure and grow a healthier, more sustainable communities. We are working with partners in communities across Ontario to gather best practices and input on a provincial strategy for protecting and increasing living green infrastructure.

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Workshop Presented by:

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Green Infrastructure Ontario. The Coalition is an alliance of organizations that share a common vision for a healthy, green Ontario where the economic, social, environmental and health benefits of green infrastructure are fully realized.

greeninfrastructureontario.org

"How to Start a Community Garden" - Workshops in the GTA

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Learn how to start a community garden in your neighbourhood at this exciting 2-day workshop.

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Speakers’ Series 2011

NORTH AMERICAN NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY

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Nature - Environment - Gardens

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Talks will be held at

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Toronto Botanical Garden

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777 Lawrence Avenue East Toronto

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Start time 7:30 p.m.
Members $10.00 / per talk Non-Members $12.00 / per talk
  • Feb 1, 2011 - 2nd Floor Studio

“Rare Native Woody Plants of Ontario”

By Sean Fox

A photo tour of rare woody plants with maps

  • Presenter:

Sean Fox has an extensive background in horticultural science with a particular emphasis on native plant conservation. His current position as Assistant Arboretum Manager, at the University of Guelph Arboretum, sees him responsible for the upkeep of The Arboretum's diverse plant collections and conservation programs.

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Your Food, Your Choice:

The Promise of Organic

Presented by Canadian Organic Growers in association with The Big Carrot

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Canadian Organic Growers would like to invite you to our 5th annual conference Your Food, Your Choice: The Promise of Organic on February 19 in downtown Toronto. Organic makes a difference to our tables, to our health, and to our environment. Hear how one country is going entirely organic, and learn what is happening in organic agriculture and our food system in Canada.

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Date: Saturday, February 19, 2011

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

location: University of Toronto Conference Centre

Cost: $65 ($85 after Feb. 5); COG members $55 ($65 after Feb. 5)

  • Rates for seniors, students and unwaged
Organic lunch included!

Info and registration: www.cogtoronto.org

  • Phone: (416)466-4420

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Imagine a country choosing to prioritize its citizens' happiness over traditional economic measures. Bhutan is doing just that. This remote South Asian country is choosing to value "Gross National Happiness" above conventional economics as it deals with the modern world. This philosophy will be their guiding principle over their nation's development, which includes certifying the entire country's agricultural system organic. Vandana Shiva says "Bhutan, which looks idealistic, is actually being realistic about what you need for a sustainable society." Join Canadian Organic Growers as we learn how organic makes a difference in how we live and eat. This conference will stir you with inspiring stories, the difficult challenges and the proven visions that are bringing healthy organic food from the field to the table.

Agenda:

Keynote speaker is:

  • Silver Donald Cameron, one of the few observers to Bhutan's transition to an entirely organic agricultural system.

Panels include:

  • Moms Against GMOs,
    • Natural vs Organic,
  • Whistle-blowers,
    • EnviroPig,
  • Is Walmart Compatible with Organic?,
    • Hidden GMOs,
  • Make Heritage Seeds Work for You,
    • The Wonder Years: Bread and Beer, Sludge on our Farms, The Future of Agriculture, Organic Beauty Products,
  • and more.

The Lost Art of Canning

  • Date: Saturday, January 15th
  • Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Cost: $95, including tax
  • Location: FoodShare, 90 Croatia Street, Toronto, M6H 1K9

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From pickles to jams to salsas and everything in between, learn how easy it is to preserve foods in your own kitchen. Hone your canning skills alongside Canadian Red Seal chef Cathy Hansen as you help to create three different canned items in this interactive workshop. We will also discuss equipment, sourcing supplies, and the science of high acid canning so you can confidently produce your own preserves. Discover the canning possibilities that exist year round, even in the depths of winter, and sample a diversity of canned goods made by Cathy. Everyone gets to take home samples of the items we make, plus loads of recipes including the Bernardin Guide to Home Preserving.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12th AT 12 NOON

For registration please contact:

Opal opal@foodshare.net

or

Jennifer jennifer@everdale.org

FoodShare Volunteers

Orientation Meetings

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Date and Times:

  • Monday Jan. 17, 2011 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Monday Jan. 17, 2011 from 630pm to 830pm

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Location:

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FoodShare Volunteer Orientation

  • Are you interested in volunteering at FoodShare?
  • Are you interested in a community based student nutrition, community garden, or Good Food Market program?

Please join us on Monday January 17, 2011 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm or from 630pm to 830pm for a volunteer orientation. There will be a presentation on FoodShare programs and information on volunteer opportunities here at FoodShare and in the community. Come join our team and help us make good healthy food for all a reality!

  • Register with Rachel at: volunteer@foodshare.net
  • Please have the word "Volunteering" in the subject line.
  • Phone: (416)363.6441 x 222 if you are interested, and for more information.

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These Orientation meetings are hosted by:

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FoodShare Toronto is a non-profit community organization whose vision is Good Healthy Food for All.

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