Toronto Master Gardeners welcome you for a day of learning.
Waterwise gardening incorporates the collection and storage of rainwater, the improvement of soil health, the establishment of proper maintenance techniques and the selection of suitable plant species to create healthy, beautiful gardens.
Join us in a day of exploring ways to become more water wise gardeners!
Josephine will be on hand at the Black Creek Community Farm to do a soil sampling workshop, followed by a hands-on demonstration of soil sampling for the farm.
"I would welcome community members and organizations to join us who would like to learn more about soil testing for their farm and garden."
We will start the day with about an hour session on urban soil contaminants and how to go deciding when and how to do soil testing. We will then go out and sample the soil of the urban farm. I've arranged for the soil samples to be picked up from the farm later on in the afternoon.
If you can, please bring shovels, spades, rags, buckets (2 per team), clipboards, markers and pens. ... maps and soapy water will be provided.
It is recommended for folks to review the Soil Assessment Guide written by Toronto Public Health:
Garden spaces can offer a wonderful opportunity to explore wellness and health with diverse communities. Those who experience mental illness can benefit from the therapeutic aspects of a garden setting, programming or training. However, the research, funding and support for mental health programming in garden spaces is inadequate despite the many garden programs across the City that incorporate mental health promotion.
Staff and Community Leaders already using gardening to promote mental health
This knowledge swap is a unique opportunity to bring together practitioners working in garden spaces that promote mental health. The day will provide a chance to share experiences and build support for this important work. Through facilitated discussion on the available evidence for the benefits of gardening for mental health, best practices for programming and how to tackle evaluation, we seek to spark a broader discussion on strengthening garden spaces for therapeutic purposes.
Admission fee is a sliding scale of $10-$20. No one will be turned away.
Friends of Withrow Park will host a discussion with Parks Forestry and Recreation about how to make it easier to plan events in parks:
Date: Thursday, November 29th
Time: • 6:00pm-7:30pm
Location: Frankland Community Centre
The Frankland Community Centre is located at 816 Logan Ave., two blocks west of Carlaw Avenue and just south of the Danforth Avenue. The closest subway stop is Chester Station on the Bloor-Danforth Line.
Having trouble understanding the city's insurance form? Do you need a permit? Why do you need to pay for a permit? Join Toronto Park People, Friends of Withrow Park and Parks Forestry and Recreation staff for a discussion about how to make it easier for Friends of the Park groups to plan events in parks. If you want to host an event in 2013, tell the story of your past efforts to animate your park, or suggest solutions, please join us!
Friends of Withrow Park will also share their own successes and challenges with events in their park like their pumpkin parade and campfire.
THE BIOCHAR WORKSHOP
Biochar is high quality charcoal that can be used as a soil amendment to create a healthier environment for plants and microorganisms, while at the same time sequestering carbon. Come and learn more about this innovative use of a wood-burning by-product, and get some hands-on experience using it in the garden.
This event will be part of the Open House/Exhibition at Dufferin Grove Park this Saturday Nov.3, from 9 am to 7 pm.
It's time to do a show-and-tell of the twenty-year story. The Dufferin Rink clubhouse will have photo displays and story boards, prezis and park film clips. The zamboni cafe will be open, and the outdoor bake oven will have a fire in it, baking foccaccia and bread.
The regular weekly campfire orientation session is on at 12.30 and in the zamboni garage there's a gardening seminar (this week about the use of "biochar") at 3pm. The design of an intriguing memorial to Jenna Morrison, who lost her life in a cycling accident nearby, will be shown for the first time, to see how it would fit in with the park.
these are two separate tours – not a two-part event
Please arrive early, as we always begin on time: late arrivals may miss key information…
This tour will show you inventive new designs, new materials, and innovative applications, in a broad range of micro-climates in the heart of Toronto, beside the Don Valley. Based on a range of unique resources – still, as always - these are Kyla Dixon-Muir’s original uses of no-cost or low-cost recycled materials.
The University of Guelph offers online courses in Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Horticulture. Six courses are offered this Fall starting on September 10, 2012 including:
Theory and Principles of Sustainable Urban Agriculture - identify the potentials and constraints for urban gardens in the current environment, including low input production, certified organic and restorative horticulture and agriculture.
Sustainable Urban Crop Production - examine production practices required to grow food sustainably in typical or challenging urban environments
Individual courses can be taken for general interest or work towards one or both certificates.
Program and course descriptions are available on the website:
Around the world people are growing food in cities! From August 15 to 18, the 2012 Urban Agriculture Summit will bring together a diversity of people that are making it happen - design professionals, community groups, social housing advocates, tenants and developers, educators, planners, homeowners, urban growers and others - to share what is working, and to discover what is possible.
It will be action-oriented: attendees will learn new tools to advance urban agriculture in their own communities. Together participants will explore urban agriculture's current role and future potential in 21st century city-building.
Each fall, Monarch butterflies from Canada and the United States begin a 3000 - 4000 km migration to overwintering sites in Mexico and California. This incredible journey provides a unifying theme to teach essential skills across the curriculum in science, literacy, geography, and other areas.
Teaching and Learning with Monarch Butterflies is a two-day workshop that provides teachers with the knowledge, skills, and resources to raise Monarchs
in the classroom and create outstanding learning experiences for their students.
Workshop Highlights include:
• hands-on experience in raising Monarchs
• a field trip to learn about Monarch habitat
• opportunities to tag Monarch butterflies
• understanding the stewardship needed to assist this species of special concern
• learning about the importance of the Monarch in Mexican Culture
Included with your registration:
•Expert instruction by experienced teachers
•Inquiry-based, hands-on learning activities
•Monarch rearing equipment
•Curriculum oriented classroom lessons
•Refreshments each day ...and MORE !
All this for$95!(plus taxes)
For the GTA
Date: - July 31 & August 1, 2012/Le 31 juillet et le 1er août 2012
Click Here for the list of some of the things we will be offering.
Location: 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.
FoodShare's Annual Plant Give-away!
The annual plant give away at FoodShare is coming Wednesday, June 13!
Come get free plants donated by the City of Toronto and Urban Harvest!!
Date:Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Location:FoodShare, 90 Croatia Street, on the side of the Brock entrance by the greenhouse. (TTC - Dufferin station, walk south west - one block.)
When you arrive, please sign in at the registration table.
COMMUNITY GARDENS: There will be a LIMIT OF 2 PLANT TRAYS PER COMMUNITY GARDEN (a combination of about 12 individual plants or 12 small 4-packs per tray).
INDIVIDUALS: There will be a LIMIT OF SIX plants for INDIVIDUALS (a combination of 6 individual plants or 6 small 4-pack plants).
Plant Limits may be changed due to plant availability
At 6:30, remaining plants will be divided equitably among all gardeners present.
First come, first served, and the best plants always go fast!
Please also note that we will not accept any calls to reserve plants.
Feel free to bring any extra plants that you'd like to give away, or perennials that you want to divide.
Please remember to bring whatever you will need to take the plants away with you (your own boxes, bags, flats, friends...)
Toronto Botanical Garden Summer Courses and Events
Get the scoop on sustainable gardening, go on a nature walk with the experts, and learn how to create a pollinator garden or how to work with herbs. Bring gardening questions to the Etobicoke Master Gardener’s Advice Clinic and chat with local horticultural societies.
**Applications will be accepted until Tuesday, May 29, 2012**
ColdFrames In Action
Two Tours available:
Sunday May 20th 2012
11am – 1pm
Sunday May 27th 2012
1pm – 3pm
These tours will be a seasoned question-and-answer presentation as we move from plot to plot in Riverdale Meadow Community Garden. This tour is particularly suited to community garden leaders and to school teachers and horticultural society organizers.
Learn about planting, watering, and ventilation strategies for over-wintering crops, for late-fall-through winter harvests and winter re-seedings, and more for early spring head-starts. See Soil Solarization in action for earliest spring seedings, and continued uses of ColdFrames for hot-season crops from other growing climates. View re-uses of simple structures (from fall and winter uses) for hardening-off spring transplants to outdoor climates used for early planting-out of your windowsill-started seedlings, too. View the abundant growth of last fall’s seed sowings, and this spring’s early starts.
See how these organic gardening techniques can be applied in small spaces for home yards, or for school or community garden or allotment plots, as well as for hoop houses or unheated greenhouses, to maximize the use of existing garden space and to minimize fossil fuels from buying fresh foreign produce through our coldest months.
Greening and Organic Gardening is rapidly becoming an important part of life for residents across Toronto. Urban gardening and local food is healthier and better for the environment. More importantly food access and scarcity is an urban issue for many.
Hosted by Councillor Michelle Berardinetti this first annual URBAN GARDENING AND FOOD FORUM will help address this issue.
There will be workshops and information booths on:
Gardening and Eco booths and gardening pamphlets.
Kids will have fun too - from planting peas to face painting!
Come and take a tour of the rooftop garden area – the only one in Scarborough!
Are you looking for a place to grow a garden? Check our Community “seeking a group to garden with” map, or talk with Sharing Backyards and you might find a “growing” partner! Speaking of growing – we are looking for information on your favourite vegetables, what are they called, and how you cook with them. Visit the the Seeds of the World table and fill out the form to tell us your story.
While you are there learn more about how to green up your neighbourhood and your community at the Live Green Toronto Animator and City booths. Bring us our green project ideas and we will help you bring them to life.
Thank You to Walmart for their donation of containers, gardening gloves and tools!
The Blossoming of Springtime Plants: Herbal Medicine with Danette Steele
Date: Thursday April 19
Price: $45 (Sliding Scale)
Location: Eglinton Park Community Garden
Join Registered Clinical Herbalist Danette Steele and Toronto Green Community for the first event of our 2012 workshop series on medicinal plants!
These workshops will teach the basics of identifying and using a variety of medicinal plants that are commonly found in gardens and parks throughout Toronto. Participants will learn how to grow, gather and use plants effectively for health and wellness. At this session, spring plants and dandelion flowers will be the focus of the plant walk, recipes will be shared, and everyone will prepare a remedy to take home.
Jane’s Walk is an annual celebration of people and cities held on the first weekend of May. Discover and discuss what makes a neighbourhood by joining free walks led by locals.
Visit janeswalk.net to get involved, lead a walk and see what’s happening near you on May 5 & 6.
Garden Jane Presents: 2 Permaculture Courses
April 27th - May 12th, 2012
Permaculture Design: Co-Creating Regenerative Futures for the City, and Beyond (100 hrs)
This exciting new course will be offered through 100 hours of teaching and learning over two weeks this spring. We will start with permaculture principles and ethics, moving into design methodologies, which includes observation skills. We will further create a foundation with the earth and life sciences, and journey through natural and cultivated ecologies.
For our home systems, we will look at natural building, renewable energy systems, biological waste treatment systems, and food storage. Beyond individual homes, we will explore various forms of sustainable communities, which include green economics and cultural systems. Students will be supported in their personal and professional paths, with quality mentorship. We will be developing skills as permaculture designers throughout the course, which will culminate in a final wholistic design project. Field trips and locations will showcase what Toronto is doing on the eco-front. There will be some evening sessions, which may be open to people not on the full course.
Introduction to Organic Gardening and Permaculture Workshop
Sat Apr 14th, 10-5 pm (Tentative second date, Sat May 26th)
$70-$100 sliding scale, Includes resources. Pre-registration required at www.gardenjane.com. High Park Children's Garden.
This hands-on workshop introduces permaculture theory and ways to apply it in your home or community garden. Topics: organic gardening basics; permaculture design and practices; working with water; plant guilds (plants that grow well together, help soil tilth and support the larger ecosystem); dynamic accumulators (plants that accumulate nutrients & feed the soil); plants and plant selection; starting new gardens and soil building; cover crops & mulches; composting; humans and other animals; working less for more; diversity gardening.
Toronto and Region Conservation presents 13 FREE garden seminars designed to help you create a beautiful lawn and garden. These workshops run throughout March and April - click below for more information. Please take a look at the TRCA site at trcastewardshipevents.ca for all the details.
The North American Native Plant Society is having their annual sale of wildflowers, ferns, grasses and sedges, as well as trees and shrubs, for every garden, from the sunniest to the shadiest!
All plants come from ethical growers and experts will be on hand to help you find the plants for light and soil conditions in your garden, and the habitat you want to recreate. Also a great selection of nature books.
Check out the plant list and members advance ordering information online at www.nanps.org.
Come learn the basics of container gardening. Find out what to
look for when choosing a container, what soil works best and tips
on how to keep your plants healthy. Bring your gardening gloves
and plant some herbs to take home for yourself!
Get Growing at Home! - How to Start a Backyard Veggie Garden
Running out of room in the garden? Need more sunny spaces for your plants? Would you like a green wall of plants? It’s easier Than you think! Come to this fun & simple workshop to learn all about growing and making vertical gardens.
Bring 4-6 large yogurt containers! All other materials provided.
North York Community Garden Trainings
Plan your Organic Vegetable Garden
Date: Saturday March 31, 2012
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: Downsview Library - 2793 Keele Street (Keele & Wilson)
Sliding Scale: Agency Staff - $40 and Residents – FREE
Learn how to grow delicious organic vegetables right in your own backyard or community garden. Topics will include designing your garden layout, planning for space needs, seed sourcing, transplanting and direct seeding. We’ll cover everything you need to know to get started this spring with confidence!
Please join us at Evergreen Brickworks for a Community Seed Packing Event. This evening of fun filled seed packing is in preparation for our Seedy Saturday event happening on March 10th, 2012. Join us to chat about seed saving while helping to sort and package local seeds.
The Garden Party (a "giving community garden" - in the High Park area) is hosting a convivial celebration with Mathieu of ChocoSol Traders, featuring chocolate, sustainable agriculture and ecological food. You may have seen ChocoSol at local farmer markets and now you can learn the story behind the product.
Event location/venue: St.Lawrence Market, North Building
Event schedule/dates/times: Thursday March 1 2012, 6-9pm
Event details: Join FoodShare Toronto for Recipe for Change, an unforgettable evening of fine food, wine, beer and coffee featuring 25 top Toronto chefs.
Recipe for Change is a Tasting Adventure unlike any other, and includes a lovely full meal and accompanying beverages, plus unprecedented opportunities to mingle with 25 top Toronto chefs and local gastronomes.
Torontoist called Recipe for Change “a Food Network fantasy come to life”, James Chatto called the event “a must attend” and the National Post says it is “the perfect foodie fundraiser.”
Chefs creating the creative and bountiful full meal include Rocco Agostino of Pizzeria Libretto, Fabio Bondi of Local Kitchen, Marc Breton of the Gladstone Hotel, Mark Cutrara of Cowbell, Donna Dooher of Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, Katherine Hall of Hall’s Kitchen, Steffan Howard of Palais Royale, Ruth Klahsen of Montforte Dairy, Brad Long of Café Belong, Doug McNish, Bashir Munye of Simply Fresh, Timothy Palmer of EPIC at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Mario Pingue of Niagara Food Specialties, Albert Ponzo of Le Sélect Bistro, Chrystal Porter of Chocosol, Aaron Joseph Bear Robe of Keriwa Café, Abby Sabherwal of Magical Catering, John Sinopoli of Table 17, Peter Tompkins of Quince Bistro, George Tyminski of Annona at the Park Hyatt, Luis Valenzuela of Torito, Winlai Wong of Spice Route Anne Yarymowich of Frank at the AGO and more!
“The Stop Seed Exchange” is an ongoing project, encouraging gardeners to save their own seeds and trade for others they don’t have.
You can either:
1) Come volunteer during the workbee and take seeds in exchange OR
2) Bring seeds you’ve saved and trade for ones that you’d like to take (You can either bring them already packed up into little envelopes, or just bring the bulk seeds and pack them up during the workbee)