Come and join in! Here are listed free events and workshops. As well, there are some courses that have a fee. It will include events like the Community Garden potluck picnics, Festivals, Community Garden Workshops and Courses like the permaculture course that has a fee.
If you have Events, Workshops or Courses that you wish to have posted, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks in advance.
If you are looking for someone who can lead a workshop in your garden or community, visit our friends at Community Workshops TO to browse profiles of skilled facilitators offering training on gardening, cooking, canning and more!
Beyond the Backyard Workshop Series at Evergreen Brickworks
From tending fruit trees to bee-keeping, there are countless ways to turn your outdoor space into an urban food oasis. Learn how at this series of hands-on workshops all about growing food in the city!
Learn leadership techniques and effective volunteer management skills to build and strengthen your community garden’s volunteer team. By identifying essential volunteer positions within your organization, the diversity of skills and personal styles of each volunteer will become an asset to any volunteer team and garden.
Facilitator: Having spent 26 years volunteering and working in the housing Co-op sector, serving on the Board at Arcadia Co-op and attending numerous workshops, Stephen Sirisko has developed a good understanding of the many ways volunteer groups can succeed and or fail. With these skills he looks forward to seeing other garden communities thrive, just as The Fort York Community Garden has.
Growing a Medicinal Herb Garden | August 17
Native wild plants and herbs are vital parts of our local ecosystem and store large amounts of vitamins and nutrients with powerful healing properties. Learn how to grow, harvest and store medicinal plants, plus make a herbal remedy to take home.
Facilitator:Danette Steele, M.A., RH (OHA), has more than 20 years of experience as a community and clinical herbal practitioner. She consults and teaches self-sufficiency and sustainable practices for health and wellness using medicinal plants, and loves to share healing plant wisdom and herbal learning experiences through workshops, consultations, wild plant walks, herbal intensives, plant meditations and herbal courses.
Urban Fruit Trees | September 14
September is the best time to order your fruit tree for an early spring delivery. But how do you research, source and buy a fruit tree that will thrive in your unique conditions?
Join Susan Poizner of fruit-tree consulting company Orchard People as she takes you through the process of evaluating your site and exploring pollination requirements, and teaches the basics of root stock properties, harvest times, disease resistance and more. Workshop participants will learn to sort through specialist fruit-tree catalogues and to read pollination charts so they can choose trees that will thrive in their unique conditions. We will also visit the fruit trees at Evergreen Brick Works to evaluate tree choice and placement.
Seed Saving | October 19
Learn tips and techniques for harvesting, packaging and storing seeds, and discover how saving seeds is important to saving genetic diversity.
Soil-utions for Home Composting | April 27 - completed
Interested in composting in small spaces but don’t know where to start? Join Evergreen's Worm Wrangler volunteers for hands-on training on everything about worm composting. Make your own worm house, learn composting tips and how to make healthy soil, and take home a handful of worms to start your own system. Participants are asked to bring a plastic container for their worm house.
Growing Food in Small Spaces | May 25 - completed
Hungry to grow your own vegetables but don’t have a backyard? Learn how container gardening can transform small spaces, like your balcony and patio, into a full-season source of fresh food.
Urban Beekeeping | June 22 - completed
With global bee populations under threat, learning how to save them has never been more important. See what the buzz is about with Evergreen Brick Works' resident beekeeper Jozef Winter, and learn all about urban hive management.
Organic Master Gardener Course in Toronto, Fall 2014
Learn to create healthy food and ornamental gardens without pesticides and harmful chemicals.
Dates:Tuesdays, September 9th to December 9th 2014
Register by August, 20th to take advantage of our early bird discount!
Early bird price is $670 + HST
Regular price is $720 + HST
Examining the connection between soil health, plant health, human health and environmental health, this course will address sustainable land management practices to maintain plants in the urban landscape.
The Organic Master Gardener Certificate is designed for urban growers, community gardeners, landscapers, municipal parks personnel, environmental advocates, naturalists and conservationists. Please note, you will need weekly access to a computer and the internet for some course materials.
Topics include: botany & adaptations within ecosystems, soil ecosystem, soil testing, mulches and compost teas/brews, garden bed installation, soil fertility management, water-wise gardening, pruning, turf, landscape health, Permaculture design, organic standards. For more details, check out the full course syllabus.
The University of Guelph is renowned in Canada and around the world as a research-intensive and learner-centred institution and for its commitment to open learning, internationalism and collaboration. It has been consistently ranked as one of the top comprehensive universities in Canada by Maclean’s Magazine. The University has also received recognition for excellence in online education in North America.
Please note - Students must complete either the Horticulturist Certificate or the Creating Landscapes Certificate as prerequisites to Diploma options.
Our new Creating Landscapes Diploma includes 4 new courses:
Capstone Landscape Design Project
Computer Assisted Design II
Presentation Styles - Extend Your Graphic Skills
Designing for Sustainability
The new Horticulturist Diploma includes 3 new courses:
Theory and Principles of Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Horticulture
Treating Pests and Disease in Horticulture with Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Advanced Plant Identification Techniques
Theory and Principles of Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Horticulture will be available for Horticulturist Diploma students starting September 2014. Presentation Styles - Extend you Graphic Skills for Creating Landscape Diploma students will also be offered September 2014. All Diploma courses are 12 weeks in duration.
To get more Diploma information visit www.Guelphhort.com and click on the Diploma button. Enroll today and save with the Early Bird rate.
Red Coyote Presents
Agroecological and Organic Management for Farmers and Gardeners
Join Dr. Fulvio Gianetto, Agroecology Expert,
for a practical workshop being held at Plan B Organic Farms
The 2014 Workshop will focus on:
Bioindication – Reading your weeds
Learn to make and use insecticide, fungicide and fertilizer using common garden weeds and local minerals.
Field Identification of Insects (Beneficial and Pests)
Helping your plants naturally raise their defense system with organic biotechnology tools (Salicilic acid, Phosphonates and Glucosinate)
The same workshop will be hosted on the following dates:
Plan B Organic Farm was established in 1997 by Rodrigo Venturelli, Alvaro Venturelli and Melanie Golba. This will be our 13th season growing organic produce here at our 50 acre farm in Flamborough. Our farm is Certified Organic by OCCP-Pro-Cert Canada.
We are committed to:
Growing delicious, high quality vegetables, herbs, and fruits using organic farming methods that are in harmony with our environment.
Put a little spring in your step and join the festivities as Concord Adex welcomes spring to the city. Celebrate the season with live music, spring flowers, a farmers’ market, face painting and much more.
Spring is coming to the city, let’s welcome it together!
The Dupont Dig Flower Festival
presented by Dupont by the Castle BIA
The Dupont by the Caste BIA is holding its first ever “Dupont Dig” Flower Festival in mid-town Toronto, May 24 - 25, 2014.
This is a community event which will brings together visitors, residents, businesses, artists, community-based organizations, and experts to raise the awareness of the importance of urban gardening and the natural environment; a collaborative effort to enrich urban life through the benefits of gardening and growing. Celebrate the spring planting season at the Dupont Dig.
Canada’s Largest Monarch Butterfly Reserve Official Opening a milkweed garden will be established as a breeding ground for the decreasing monarch butterfly species. This will be the first of its kind. Delegates from the David Suzuki Foundation will be on hand for this event.
Horticultural Specialist, Ed Lawrence, expert of CBC Radio's "Ontario Today" noon-time gardening phone-in show will give an hour lecture followed by Q&A. Ed will be signing his newest book.
Art Competition of two and three-dimensional works focused on a flower theme. The public is invited to vote on their favourites located throughout the retail business of Dupont by the Castle. The juried competition will be awarded Sunday afternoon.
When: Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25, 11-5pm
Where:Dupont Street from Davenport Rd. to Spadina Rd. and West to Walmer Rd.
Why: The only BIA flower festival in Toronto. A community event, bringing together residents and community-based organizations, focused on greening, gardening and growing -- to inspire beautification of all neighbourhoods while reinforcing the landmarks of our neighbourhood including Casa Loma, Spadina House Museum and Gardens and our 400 year oak/Toronto’s oldest tree.
For further information and a listing of all events visit:
Brentwood Public Library (North side of the library)
36 Brentwood Road N
Toronto, ON M8X 2B5
Peter Foley, Kingsway Tree Preservation
Nancy Newton, Kingsway Tree Preservation
Philip van Wassenaer, Urban Forest Innovations
Janet McKay, LEAF
Can trees and development co-exist? How can we accommodate new living space alongside a mature tree canopy? What voice can residents have in decisions regarding development and tree preservation? This tour offers an opportunity to discuss these complex questions while exploring the magnificent trees of the Kingsway neighbourhood.
Two years ago Kingsway Tree Preservation was formed by residents concerned about the loss of majestic oak trees in their neighbourhood. This tour will be co-led by Philip van Wassenaer, a consulting arborist with expertise in heritage tree preservation.
20 Covington Rd. (Bathurst St & Lawrence Ave. W.)
Toronto, ON M6A 3C1
What is the urban forest and why does it matter? Join us for an introduction to Toronto’s urban forest and the benefits it provides for our city. Find out how you can help it thrive by caring for your own trees and by getting involved in LEAF’s planting, education and stewardship programs.
Join us for the Leslieville Tree Festival in Leslie Grove Park (corner of Queen St E and Jones Ave, Toronto). Featuring green groups and vendors, exciting live performances, a kids’ zone, native plants, local artists and woodworkers, a ceremonial tree planting and tasty local food, this fun-filled celebration of our urban forest includes activities for the whole family!
If you are interested in hosting a table at the event as a business or food vendor, or as a non-profit organization, please click here.
The Leslieville Tree Festival is presented by LEAF, Councillor Paula Fletcher, Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation and Toronto Hydro.
- About the Treemobile
Have you ever wanted fruit trees in your yard, but were unsure about what to plant, or where, or where best to obtain them? What about care and feeding? Or are you thinking about planting some berry shrubs like mulberry, blackberry or raspberry, but balk at the cost of commercially available plants? The Treemobile can help!
The Treemobile is a volunteer-run project of Transition Guelph & Transition Toronto that can provide fruit-bearing trees and shrubs to our members at as low-cost as we can, deliver them to your door, and offer location and plant care consultation (by phone or email), and even do the planting!
Here are the pick up locations that will have Demonstrations of Tree Planting - Sunday April 27 2014
(also the delivery date)
- There will also be demonstrations on how to plant Perennials Like Asparagus and Rhubarb
AWest Site:431 Perth Ave @ the Perth Dupont Community Garden (Dupont & Symington) ... 9 am -ish
BEast site:47 Kimberley Ave. @ the Kimbery Junior School (Main & Gerrard) ... 9 am -ish
Wouldn’t you love to have a source of delicious fresh fruit that you are SURE is organic?
This project is building community resilience! A fruit tree provides not only shade but also lovely spring flowers and delicious organic fruit. Guidelines are provided for help with selection, siting, planting, and maintenance. Extras are donated to schools and community gardens.
The Treemobile Store is ready to take your order for a range of food-bearing trees and shrubs. Get your own apple tree, cherry tree, plum tree, hazelnut shrubs, raspberry canes, or even asparagus. We'll deliver your order to your home (assuming you're in the delivery area) and even plant it for you!
Your own garden could be the right place to grow seasonal fruit – and improve your carbon footprint!
PLEASE NOTE ordering closes on Thursday April 17th 2014
The Organic Master Gardener Certificate is designed for urban gardeners, community gardeners, landscapers, municipal parks personnel, environmental advocates, growers, naturalists and conservationists.
Learn to create healthy food and ornamental gardens without pesticides and harmful chemicals
Professional Development: Course prepares you to write the SOUL qualification exam for Accredited Organic Land Care Practitioner
Also qualifies for Continuing Education Credits for industry certifications (ISA, CNLA, BCSLA, SOUL)
Co-Instructor:Astrid Muschalla, PHEc Professional Organic Horticulturist, runs a garden design business and also teaches Growing Food Organically, Organic Horticulture Specialist, and Plant Knowledge - Natives, and Ornamentals courses in the Sustainable Landscape Design and Gardening Expert Programs at Humber College. She sits on the board of the Society of Organic Urban Land Care SOUL, a member of Landscape Ontario, COG, and an Etobicoke Master Gardener.
Co-Instructor:Eleni Gransden, Certified Teacher of Adults and Accredited Organic land Care Practitioner, hopes to educate others on where and how their food is grown, and highlight the detrimental environmental impact that contemporary, non-organic practices currently have on our ecosystem. Come spring, she will also be designing and maintaining organic gardens. She looks forward to meeting a group of like-minded individuals in the upcoming Organic Master Garden program!
Want to learn more about how to grow your own food organically? With Spring right around the corner, it's the perfect opportunity to join Natalie and Agata from PACT Grow To Learn (www.pactgrow2learn.blogspot.ca/) for an introductory workshop on organic gardening! This engaging workshop will cover the basics of how to grow fresh food for yourself from the soil up!
Come for the workshop, stay for the delicious offerings of the South Triangle Tea shop (1421 Bloor Street West) , who will be offering dinner-time food as well as sweet-treats and amazing hot bevvys throughout the night!
Seedlings: what to start indoors vs direct sow
Plotting out your garden: What to keep in mind when thinking about which plants to put where
Backyard vs Rooftop/Deck gardens
Soil: what is it, how to test it, what plants like what soil? How to make a good soil mix
Watering: The hows and whens of watering
Disease management: how to keep your plants healthy!
Compost: The basics to help you get started!
We'll also be running a 201 series for those interested in getting even more deep into their gardens this year!
Bee Keeping Workshops
Beekeeping workshops are out of Bento Miso Collaborative Workspace
Every Seedy Saturday & Sunday event has a place where you can donate or exchange your clean and labeled packaged seeds at a "Seed Exchange Table". This is the heart of the event! And they often include speakers and workshops - ranging in discussions from how to plant the seed, to pruning, to creating an urban garden habitat.
What are factory farms? What do they do? And why are they concerning? In this talk, Sonia Faruqi will draw on industry information as well as her own experiences investigating and living at factory farms around the world. The talk will end with tangible, practical solutions and actions.
Drop-In Workshop - First Come, First Seated.
Series:Green Programs, Thought Exchange.
Categories:Adult, Teen, Health & Wellness
Information Desk – (416)394-5247
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.
Black Creek Community Farm - SFC students live off farm but learn and work at the Black Creek Community Farm located at the intersection of Jane and Steeles in Toronto
Rural Farmer Training Certificate
Hillsburgh (Rural) SFC students live and work at Everdale’s home farm in Hillsburgh, Ontario
Both locations offer 32 week programs (early April to late November).
Shorter options are available to fit your schedule, please visit our website or contact the SFC coordinator Gavin Dandy email@example.com to discuss your options.
Discover the pleasures and perils of keeping backyard hens in the city and how to do it safely and humanely. The lure of fabulous fresh eggs is increasing the interest in backyard hens. This illustrated talk will explore the issues involved and discuss best practices, concerns and tips for keeping hens in the city.
Presented By:Lorraine Johnson
Date:Wednesday June 18th 2014 canceled until further notice.