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Sustainable Farming Certificate
The Sustainable Farming Certificate (SFC) is an intensive, curriculum based program designed to help participants looking to acquire comprehensive food growing skills and explore the world of sustainable local farming.
Meet local farmers and food security groups, exchange seeds, share knowledge & ideas, and network to build our local food movement. Seed security is a means and a must for us to control our food systems! Planting Wealth is presented as offsite component of the PERMACULTURE LIVING CONVERGENCE, Nov. 30th & Dec. 1st 2013. Check out www.permaculturegta.org
Admission: Pay What You Can/Donation. Families welcome.
BRING YOUR BEST HEIRLOOM AND ORGANIC VARIETIES…INCLUDING TROPICAL AND CULTURALLY SPECIFIC SEEDS!
This weekend the Toronto Seed Library will be participating in the Permaculture Living Convergence happening on Saturday and Sunday at the Permaculture GTA HQ, north of Victoria Park Station, 160 Bartley Drive. For event information - facebook
The Community Seed Resource Day is happening on Saturday the 30th, as part of the Permaculture Convergence, from 1-6pm at the Black Creek Community Farm. There will be a shuttle leaving from the Permaculture HQ at around 2ish, to return for dinner at the HQ for 6pm.
Recognizing that Permaculture incorporates many streams of thinking, looks for the best practice in sustainable technology and governing models, and strives to value diversity and breed abundance; we come together to explore the skills, resources and results of those who live everyday with the hopes of being better to themselves, to the earth and to the people around them.
On Common Ground is a multifaceted festival of culture and community at Fort York National Historic Site. The festival will energize the grounds and buildings of Fort York with an awesome mix of mobile music, site specific dance, giant puppet theatre, multi-media installations, storytelling, crafts, kidzone, peacezone, greenzone, and local food.
The event takes place over an auspicious weekend that encompasses the International Day of Peace (September 21) and the autumnal equinox (September 22).
Visit the City of Toronto website - www.toronto.ca - for the details of the Schedules of Activities, Events and Performances
This family-friendly festival will celebrate the transition from summer to fall, the harvest, and the global quest for peace through a creative exchange of contemporary and traditional arts and culture by a cross-section of Toronto's diverse cultural community.
The TCGN will have information about community gardens - and how to make seed packages
Fresh City Farms has an exciting new contest called the "Tastiest Tomato Contest"! They have partnered with the Toronto Garlic Festival and will be assembling judges to assess and give prizes for Ontario-grown tomatoes.
Prizes awarded for the following tomato categories:
The Oriole Community Garden is an interactive and welcoming space which caters to over 100 families in the Peanut area, most of which are newcomers to Canada.
Families are given the opportunity to grow their own herbs and vegetables, make friends and interact with neighbours, also engage in community activities such as the monthly potlucks, children art and gardening workshops, and the stewardship project for youth and seniors.
Please join us in celebrating a very successful and exciting year yet again, a time to share your fresh organic harvest and gardening stories.
LEAF will be conducting their next Tree Tenders Volunteer Training Course this fall at the Toronto Botanical Garden
This is a great opportunity for people to learn all about trees! The course trains people to be leaders in their communities to steward the urban forest and educate their neighbours. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about trees and how to properly care for them, then Tree Tenders is for you!
Each session provides basic arboriculture training, includes a combination of indoor and outdoor instruction led by tree experts and professionals, and a group tree planting. The course is designed to give you the tree-related knowledge and skills you need to care for your own trees, educate others, or to start a community project of your own. The course also offers ISA Continuing Education Units (CEU).
The Tree Tenders Volunteer Training Program is supported by Ontario Power Generation's Biodiversity Program.
The Toronto Master Gardeners are volunteers committed to providing the public with horticultural information, education and inspiration. The resources and services available through their website are designed to help Toronto residents use safe, effective, proven and sustainable horticultural practices to create gardens, landscapes and communities that are both vibrant and healthy.
Toronto Master Gardeners are welcoming new members
To learn more about becoming and fulfilling the duties of a Master Gardener, go to www.torontomastergardeners.ca and click on Become a Master Gardener.
Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women’s Cancers Event
My name is Michael, and I am part of the walk to end women’s cancers event that will be happening on
September 7th - 8th, 2013!
We would like to see if we can get flowers for our lovely walkers as a thank you during their dinner. We would like to utilize the flowers as centre pieces for them! In that way, everyone can enjoy what our community produces. We can also put in a card to specify which garden the flowers came from for future visitors to come by.
Instructor:Rebekka Hutton from Alchemy Pickle Company
From pickles to sauerkraut to salsas and everything in between, learn how easy it is to preserve foods in your own kitchen. Build your canning and fermenting skills as you help to create three different items in this interactive workshop. We will also discuss equipment, sourcing supplies, and food safety issues of lacto-fermentation and high acid canning so you can confidently produce your own preserves. Discover the possibilities that exist year round, even in the depths of winter, and sample a diversity of canned and fermented foods. Everyone will take home a sample of items we make, plus loads of recipes including the Bernardin Guide to Home Preserving.
Join Rebekka from Alchemy Pickle Company in learning all you'll need to know to preserve Ontario's summer bounty! Register Here!
Grow, cook taste and celebrate all things wild blueberry!
Enjoy the delicious tastes and special guest vendors of the Sunday Marché and be a judge in our annual Wild Blueberry Pie Bake-off—featuring some of Toronto's top bakers. Or dance to the sounds of local musicians as you dig into a blueberry gardening workshop.
Register by sending email to Sunday Harrison, firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your contact information and your role at the school. You'll get a confirmation email with the exact location and answers to any questions.
Become a GTGK supporter:
By becoming a volunteer, member or supporter you contribute to a sustainable future for Green Thumbs Growing Kids. Volunteers are our lifeblood! To learn more about membership please go to our site for more information.
You can also call us at 647-FIT-KIDS (647-348-5437).
To see the multiple benefits of school food gardens see our BIG IDEAS.
Let’s Get Growing is a gardening and food security event for gardeners in low-income communities, but is open to anyone who cares about gardening or food security or building strong communities!
This event will include workshops on:
Organic Pest management (especially SQUIRRELS!)
Creating Healing gardens (both using gardens as a therapeutic space AND growing herbs and plants that improve health)
Youth engagement and safety (creating safer communities by engaging youth in food programs)
Getting along in the garden (building community and improving communication)
As well as healthy cooking demonstrations and information on gardening and food security from organizations across the city!
This is a free event and food will be available for all attendees. Please check out the attached poster and share with anyone in your networks you think would be interested!!
Wild Plant Medicine Walk and Sidewalk Clean-up in Riverside
On July 11th, 2013 – Starting at 6PM, our neighbourhood Herbalist and City Farmer, Danette Steele, will teach us about the ultimate in accessible, local and sustainable food and medicine. Participants will learn about the local wild plants and how to use them safely as we gather up the weeds around our local Riverside Good Food Market!
This workshop starts at the corner of Queen Street East and Saulter Street – close by the Riverside Good Food Market. It will be an amazing opportunity to learn that many of the weeds that we pull out of our vegetable and flower gardens, that we walk by in our local parks and along our sidewalks are actually good for us! About 5-10 wild plants will be identified, harvested and explained (Plantain, Dandelion, Burdock, Yellow dock, Motherwort – among others ….) as you learn different ways to heal all sorts of health problems, and helps your community at the same time!
Danette Steele, M.A., RH (OHA), has more than 25 years of experience as a community and clinical herbal practitioner. With a busy private herbal practice in both Toronto and Halifax, Danette consults and teaches widely on self-sufficiency and sustainable practices for health and wellness using medicinal plants.
Wild herbal teas will be available for tasting – so please bring your travel mug and wear your comfy clothes if you plan to help with the clean-up!
On Saturday, July 20, PawsWay will celebrate green thumbs and green paws ... and little fingers!
Learn how to make your outdoor space an eco-friendly oasis for you and your pets and small children to enjoy all summer long. Clarine Lee-Macaraig, a gardening expert and passionate-pet-parent from Evergreen, will lead an interactive discussion at PawsWay on how to make your garden paw-fect for your pets and children.
Bring pics of your backyard haven for customized advice, or learn the dos and don’ts for creating a pet friendly green space.
Greg Johnston, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA)
Join LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests), Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) and local volunteer group Highland Creek Green Team on a guided walk of the tree canopy along Highland Creek in Morningside Park.
As we explore this quiet valley and its interesting waterway, learn about the history of the valley, the benefits our urban trees provide, as well as free and subsidized planting programs to help residents take action at home.
Cristina Juarez, Christie Pits Residents Association
As part of the David Suzuki Foundation's Homegrown National Park Project, LEAF is hosting a fun, educational tour of the Christie Pits neighbourhood on Friday July 12th.
Learn about the ecology of the area and how to identify different types of trees as well as what local residents are doing to improve the park. The tour ends at the second Homegrown Pizza in the Pits night at the wood-burning oven in Christie Pits.
This intensive 13 day course offers practical training in permaculture design principles and techniques to create sustainable environments that provide self-reliance in food, shelter, energy, fulfilling employment and supportive community. This training will be useful for those from beginning, backyard gardeners to design professionals. Field trips and practical sessions for design and gardening are included. Evening seminars and socials complete the day sessions.
Ecological Landscape Design, Organic Gardening, Edible Landscaping and Forest Gardening, Poultry Care, Appropriate Technology, Ecovillage Design, Ecoforestry, Soil Fertility and Composting, Fruit and Nut Production, Water Harvesting and Uses.
Gregoire Lamoureux is a permaculture designer, writer, consultant and teacher. He is the director of the Kootenay Permaculture Institute. He has taught and worked with urban, rural and commercial permaculture systems in Canada for 20 years. Skilled guest speakers will be presenting as well, e.g. Richard Griffith, Jane Hayes
Every year FoodShare is privileged to bring you plants and seedlings for community gardens.
Come get free plants donated by the City of Toronto, Urban Harvest, and the Stop Community Food Centre! Beautiful annuals (flowers - great for pollination), and a limited number of vegetable plants will be available.
Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Location: FoodShare Toronto, 90 Croatia Street, beside the green house near the Brock Street entrance.
When you arrive, please sign in at the registration table. 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), and a LIMIT OF SIX plants for INDIVIDUALS (a combination of 6 individual plants or 6 small 4-pack plants).
Plant Limits may change due to plant availability, and at 6:30, remaining plants will be divided equitably among gardeners present.
Plants will be given away on a first come first served basis. 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 would like to divide.
Please remember to bring whatever you need to take the plants away with you (your own boxes, bags, flats, friends...)
We want to preserve all trees, but sometimes urban trees have to come down. When they do, why not capture that wood and turn it into products that can be used right here in the city? Join us as we explore the beautiful trees of the Junction and learn the species and situations that make for the best urban wood salvage operations. Tour a Junction backyard where homeowner, tree climber and woodworker worked together to salvage the wood of a beautiful black locust.
The river in River of Flowers is an evocative way of describing the planting of urban meadows in 'pollination streams' or 'floral green corridors' in order to help our pollinators, bees, butterflies and other insect pollinators, find forage in the city. It describes the flight path of the pollinators as much as it does the flow of wildflowers.
Meet with Kathryn Lwin
Date:Monday June 24th 2013
Time:10 am - 11:30 am
(you are welcome to come a bit earlier, and stay a bit later)
Address:Perth Dupont Community Garden
Location:Just north of Dupont St. on Perth Ave
The only entrance to the garden is on Perth Ave. - Please see the map link
Each community garden is like a stream or tributary of pollen for our pollinators, as the gardens get joined into the River, there is a flow of stronger pollinators to preserve our land!
Contact Kathryn Lwin email@example.com if you would like her to visit your growing project, and find out how you can get your growing garden added to the -
Discussion and Planting Party at Dufferin Grove Park
The Friends of Dufferin Grove have been very fortunate to receive funding from the Horticultural Societies of Parkdale and Toronto to revitalize the Garrison Creek memorial garden that is located in the gully on the west side of the park. This is where the Garrison Creek tributary, Denison Creek, one of Toronto's lost rivers, once ran.
An exclusive event, that features a very dynamic monk named Devamrita
Swami. Currently, he has lead several projects around the world like the
Institute of Sustainability in New Zealand, a 350 acre farm in
Pennsylvania called “The Yoga Farm,” and many others. He will be coming
to Toronto to share with us his inspiring knowledge of the spiritual
significance of growing one’s own food and its influence on several
different levels of our existence.
What to expect:
Grow: Join hands to plant a terrace top food garden and become a part of the life circle
Rhythm: Cosmic sounds to stir the consciousness energy
Thought: Insights for change, inspirational presentation by Devamrita Swami
Flavor: Savor an ambrosial multi-course vegan cuisine
Please sign up to be a volunteer at this one of its kind event –
expect fun, food and establish a connection with Earth. Grow a seed, grow a community.
for our Seedling exchange and the Inauguration of our new garden shed
Date:Thursday May 30th 2013
Time:5:30pm until dusk
Address:Perth Dupont Community Garden
Map 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.
Please mark your calendar and join your fellow Perth Dupont Community gardeners for a spring seedling exchange, potluck and shed inauguration.
We are hoping that Councillor Ana Bailão may join us at around 7pm to help us commemorate the shed opening.
The shed project was started in the fall of 2009, and we are happy that the City Councillor was able to help us move it forward and get it completed.
This will also be a chance to swap any of the young plants that have popped up in your garden, or seeds you won't be using, we will share some food, and officially cut the ribbon on our beautiful new shed. We will also have the certified organic fertilizer called Spanish River Carbonatite available for purchase.
Plants available so far, that have been donated to the garden by the gardeners, include:
Egyptian Onions - They will come back every year
Strawberries with pink flowers - they produce all summer
Raspberries and a few other things
If you are able, please bring an appetizer, main dish or desert to contribute to the potluck. And to minimize the organizational requirements, please try to bring your own reusable plate or bowl, cup, cutlery and non-alcoholic beverage.
Toronto Seed Library - Events and Volunteer Opportunities
The Toronto Seed Library (TSL)- is sprouting and growing fast - There are Two Events -
- First we start off with:
Volunteer Orientation, Branch Build and Seed Packing/Sorting/Sharing
Join Orchard people for this upcoming series of workshops on caring for urban fruit trees!
So many Torontonians are planting fruit trees today, thinking it will be easy to grow local fruit. But growing fruit organically, without the help of toxic pesticides and fungicides, can be an uphill struggle as fruit trees often face disease problems and insect infestations.
Fruit tree consulting and education company Orchard People is working to train Torontonians to grow urban fruit. In two upcoming workshops we will explore how to prevent pests and disease organically.
Preventing Pest Problems in Fruit Trees
May 25, 2013, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Adults $30, Seniors, Students $20 (please bring ID)
Anita Stewart, food activist and Member of the Order of Canada, details how the documentary Food, Inc.'s critique of corporate control of the American food industry applies to important issues affecting Canadian agricultural industries and policy.
Nicole North, an award-winning floral and garden designer, will show us how to bring the beauty of the garden indoors. Learn how to use flowers cut right from your garden to create simple yet stunning flower arrangements.
Bring your own vase and a sample of your garden flowers and learn the tricks and tips of the trade. After the presentation, stick around for the Annual North Toronto Plant and Garage Sale.
WHAT? Community Gardening workshops and information to kick off the garden season
HOW MUCH? Free!!
“Let’s Get Growing” is an opportunity for gardeners from Toronto Community Housing and communities across the city to get together, share knowledge and learn about best practices in growing food, gardening as a community, composting and healthy eating.
This event is hosted in partnership between FACE (Food Action Community Engagement) a TCH resident gardening group, and other community partners including Housing Services Corporation, FoodShare, Toronto Community Housing, Afri-Can Food Basket and The Stop.
Join LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests) for these upcoming sessions on caring for trees in the city!
Out of the Ashes Tree Tour: Lessons From the Emerald Ash Borer
Sat, May 11, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Milne Park, Markham.
Free of charge
LEAF’s Melissa Williams teams up with Markham Parks Planner Nory Takata and Forest Entomologist Kathleen Ryan to explore the ways we can all play a role in the recovery and strengthening of our local environment.
The Gardiner Museum is hosting its second annual Spring Awakening: Gardiner in Bloom exhibition on the weekend of May 3 – 5.
For one weekend only, spectacular floral installations by 10 of Toronto’s top floral designers will be displayed throughout the Museum to celebrate the arrival of spring in the city. Each designer will create a stunning floral installation inspired by a particular piece in our permanent collection.
In addition to the exhibition, we are also hosting two lectures:
Saturday: Creative Floral Techniques with Bruno Duarte and
north of the tennis courts - near the baseball diamonds. (Queen West & Gore Vale Ave)
Rain or Shine
This Earth Day weekend, Greenpeace is calling everyone to join in a global event to help save the Arctic. In over 20 countries around the world, thousands will come together, forming a massive heart to show the world they want to see the Arctic protected.
You don’t want to miss your opportunity to be part of the largest I Heart Arctic event in Canada right here in Toronto! Just wear the color red and meet us in Trinity Bellwoods Park at noon.
This Earth Month, celebrate the Earth by getting into it! Join us Saturday April 21 and Sunday April for eco-friendly family fun, with a public planting hiking, hands-on cooking, gardening and biking workshops and more!
Profits from rain barrel sales and vendor space goes to Martingrove Gardens Park improvement Project, in its 3rd year. . . . . - above: the "before" - picture of the park, below is the "up 'till now" picture.
The North Toronto Horticultural Society is a garden club that meets monthly to discuss gardening and garden design. We have regular guest speakers, workshops and demonstrations. The talk on "Edible Flowers and Herbs in the Garden" is part of our 2013 program.
Get a head start on growing food outdoors this spring!
In the first edition of our Urban Agriculture Workshop series, you will learn how to apply Season Extension Techniques and how to design and build cold frames and raised beds for your garden. Be inspired to keep food growing longer into the fall and right through the winter to achieve the earliest possible harvests next spring!
Our facilitator: Kyla Dixon-Muir has been in the garden every single week, including right through the winter, for many years. She grows foods, using organic practices, in a wide range of low-cost and no-cost cold frames, many of which do not require construction skills
(Directions: Accessible by the 133 Neilson bus. Malvern Family Resource Centre is located across from Malvern Town Centre, behind the child care centre at the back of the building.)
Malvern ANC will be hosting an evening for residents and community members dedicated to understanding food justice. This session will provide community members and youth with an opportunity to expand their knowledge on food justice and how this relates to community food issues. As our community moves forward on a number of food initiatives we reflect on why this is important.
Recipe for Change is a celebration of food with a purpose that supports FoodShare’s innovative and multi-faceted work in schools toward Food Literacy for all students from Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12, to ensure that our children have a healthy future.
Recipe for Change is a tasting adventure unlike any other, and has been called “a Food Network fantasy come life”: a full meal composed of tasting plates and beverage accompaniments, plus unheard-of opportunities to mingle with 30 Chefs seldom found in the same room, let alone contributing to the same meal.
Add the opportunity to taste 30 VQA wines, 6 local beers, and more, and at just $125 the event is an amazing value plus a wonderful opportunity to support FoodShare’s important work to create a healthy future for our children.
Recipe for Change 2013 is guaranteed to be a glittering beacon this winter – don't miss out!
Symphony of the Soil is a feature film that explores the complexity and mystery of soil. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the worldʼs most esteemed soil scientists, farmers and activists,
the film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story. Using a captivating mix of art and science, the film shows that soil is a complex living organism, the foundation of life on earth.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Deborah Koons Garcia and Janine Gibson.
The TORONTO SEED LIBRARY is a joint project initiated by Occupy Gardens Toronto, Dig In!- U of T Campus Agriculture and York University Masters of Environmental Studies candidate Katie Berger. We have also connected with and received the support of other good food and gardens groups around the city including Seeds of Diversity, FoodShare,The Stop Community Food Centre, and Transition Toronto.
This meeting will be a great opportunity for folks to share our knowledge, ideas and opinions about the following and more!
1) Options for where/how the Seed Library should be situated to maximize accessibility and sustainability (eg. within the public library system; within U of T or another research institution; within one particular good food and garden group etc.
2) Research and resource needs for the project and how to meet them
4) Planning of Promotional events including:
Seedy' Hall Seed Exchange - Wednesday, March 6th Noon to 2pm @Toronto City Hall
Official Toronto Seed Library Launch- Sat. April 13th or 20th (*TENTATIVE*) time and location tbd. - 2013 -
Please join Toronto Park People, the STOP, FoodShare and the Toronto Community Garden Network for an informal discussion with Parks Forestry and Recreation about how to make it easier for groups to install and maintain community gardens in parks. Whether you are a beginner and or an expert, this is an opportunity for you to share your successes and challenge with Parks Forestry and Recreation and our panel of experts. Learn about the community garden movement in Toronto and how you can get involved.
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!
8:30 Registration and refreshments
1:00 Welcome back (Donation-Endeavour Draw*)
9:15 Welcome / door prizes / quiz
1:15 Practical Solutions: Jeff Mason
9:45 Keynote Address: Chris Denich
The Damage Urban Development Creates
2:15 BREAK (Donation-Endeavour Draw)
2:30 Water, Not Canada’s Problem?
Panel Discussion with Chris Denich, Beth McEwan and Jeff Mason,
moderated by Joe Delarge