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EVENTS, WORKSHOPS AND COURSES

Up Coming Events

2014 Event's Calender

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 mail@tcgn.ca 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!

 

Events 2015

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop At the Perth Dupont Community Garden

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Started just as a garden with individual plots in 2005 by the City Councillor Adam Giambrone, this garden has been transformed into a thriving Community Garden, and is now a center for Urban Agriculture. With ethnic and lifestyle diversity, this garden is a place to grow food, flowers, friendships, and personal social and leadership skills.

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Join us now for a Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

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  • What: A member of the Perth Dupont Community Garden will be giving a workshop on pruning fruit trees.
  • Date: May 16th
  • Time: 5 pm
  • Where: Perth Dupont Community Garden
  • Address: 431 Perth Avenue
  • Extras: Cookies and tea will be provided.

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  • What: Thorncliffe Park Seedy Sunday
  • Date: May 3, 2015
  • Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Location: Jenner Jean-Marie Community Centre
    • (lower level of library)
  • Address: 48 Thorncliffe Park Drive

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Free Event.

It's almost time for planting! Come for seed exchanges, expert gardening advice. Learn about green initiatives. Free kids activities!

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Exhibitors Include:

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  • Toronto Seed Library
  • Seeds of Diversity
  • Cathy’s Crawly Composters
  • LiveGreen Toronto
  • Toronto Master Gardeners
  • Urban Harvest
  • Toronto Balconies Bloom
  • Rye’s HomeGrown
  • Toronto Urban Growers

Just in time to plant!

Come Join Us For:

  • Seed Exchanges
  • Expert Gardening Advice
  • Learn About Green Initiatives
  • Free Kids Activities

Sponsors and Supports are Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, Flemingdon-Thorncliffe Food Security Network, Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office, and United Way Toronto.

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Thorncliffe Park Urban Farmers are a resident group from Thorncliffe Park advocating for more gardens and food security issues.

For further information please contact:

North American Native Plant Society

Benefits of Native Plants

  • Adapted to local soil, moisture & temperature conditions
  • Thrive without fertilizers, pesticides & supplemental watering
  • Provide food & habitat for wildlife
  • The best and often only food source for pollinators
  • Hosts for butterfly larvae
  • Support insects that transform plant energy to protein for other species

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The North American Native Plant Society is a volunteer-based, non-profit registered charitable organization dedicated to the study, conservation, cultivation and restoration of native plants.

Web: www.nanps.org

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  • Markham location - Annual Spring Native Plant Sale:
  • Date: Saturday May 9, 2015
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Location: Markham Civic Centre
  • Address: 101 Town Centre Blvd. Markham, ON L3R 9W3
    • (N of Hwy 7 and W of Warden Ave.)

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  • Toronto Locations Native Plant Sales:
  • East -
  • Dates: Saturday May 16 & Sunday May 17, 2015
  • Time: 11 am to 5 pm
  • Location: Artisans at Work
  • Address: 2071 Danforth Ave. Toronto, ON M4C 1J6
    • (Woodbine subway station)

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  • West -
  • Date: Sunday May 24, 2015
  • Time: 12 pm to 4 pm
  • Location: Christie Pits
  • Address: 750 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON M6G 3K4
    • (Christie subway station)
At the south central to south west side of the park. The plants will be on tables in tents outside.

Plants provided by NANPS-approved ethical growers.

Knowledgeable experts for assistance

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For more information:

Seedy Saturday and Sunday 2015

Seedy Saturday is a place to buy, sell and trade
heirloom and open pollinated seeds!
Vegetables - Herbs - Flowers and Native Varieties

Five venues across the city for the month of March 2015

  • Information on how to package and label your seed for an exchange

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Toronto (Parkdale), Seedy Saturday

  • Saturday March 7, 2015
    • 11 am to 3 pm
  • Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church, 250 Dunn Ave.

Organized by Toronto Urban Growers (TUG) and Greenest City.

The venue is fully accessible. Pay-what-you-can.

Toronto (Central), Seedy Saturday

Toronto (Central), ON Seedy Sunday

South Etobicoke Seedy Sunday

Scarborough, Seedy Saturday

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"Growing Food in the City" Knowledge Swap:

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  • Who: Presented by AccessPoint on Danforth & Toronto Urban Growers.

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  • What: Come meet other growers to share gardening tips and new ideas on urban agriculture initiatives. Learn what other growers are doing around the city and share your experiences!
    • Seed Exchanges, seed packaging
    • Free seeds
    • Presentations by the Enviro Leaders

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  • Free registration Snacks provided. Register or get more info by emailing Ziadh zrabbani@accessalliance.ca or calling (416)699-7920 x402

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WINTER TREE IDENTIFICATION TOUR

Presented by LEAF

Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests

www.yourleaf.org/

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  • Date: SATURDAY FEB 28, 2015
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00PM
  • Location: QUEEN’S PARK AND U OF T CAMPUS
  • Starting Point: 75 QUEEN’S PARK, TORONTO
    • MEET AT THE WEST SIDE EXIT OF MUSEUM STATION
  • Tour Leader: Jenia Faibusovitch, Restoration Specialist
  • Cost: $5 SUGGESTED DONATION

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Ever wanted to learn how to tell trees apart in the winter? Now’s your chance! Join us to learn about winter tree identification as we explore the diversity of trees in Queen’s Park and the University of Toronto campus. Discover the way twigs, buds and bark (not to mention needles and cones!) can help you identify a tree. Learn some quick tricks that will help you identify common urban trees. Be sure to dress warmly!

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DRESS WARMLY!

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Organic by Choice

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  • Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015
  • Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Location: University of Toronto Conference Centre
  • Address: 89 Chestnut St., Toronto
  • Cost: $65 ($85 after Feb. 10); COG members, seniors and students $55 ($65 after Feb. 10)
  • Info and registration: (647)367-7706 or www.cogtoronto.org

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Organic lunch included!

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A one-day conference with a great roster of speakers covering relevant, current topics from bee health to nano technology. Keynote speaker is Elaine Ingham, recognized around the world as the leader in soil microbiology. What’s in the soil that supports healthy food? We are also excited to have David Montgomery, author of Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, and Thierry Vrain making the connection between glyphosate and GMOs and our health.

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It’s the perfect time to start thinking about next year’s gardening season! The Organic Master Gardener Course is back in Toronto in winter 2015.

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.

Learn to create healthy food and ornamental gardens without pesticides and harmful chemicals.

  • Dates: Tuesdays, January 27th to April 28th 2015
  • Time: 6:15 pm to 9 pm each day
  • Location: The Stop’s Green Barn. Studio 181,
  • Address: 601 Christie St., Toronto
  • Host: Canadian Organic Growers

Spaces Limited, Register Soon!

Register by January 9th, 2015 to take advantage of our early bird discount! Early bird price is $670+HST / Regular price is $720 + HST

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Free Community Orchard Webinars- for 2015

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Are you interested in Community Orchards?

Join a group of urban orchard activists who want to create a national dialogue of best practices and resources for urban orchards. Learn about webcasts, meetings, and presentation opportunities.Join our FREE first webcast:
  • JANUARY 27th at 1pm EST

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  • To register for January’s webcast click here.
  • To join the group, where you can be invited to other free events, contact Orchards@ACTrees.org and you’ll be added to the "Community Orchard Network" Google Group.

Here’s a list of the fantastic founding members who are involved so far:

Can’t make the actual webinar? Not to worry. All the free webinars will be recorded and they will soon be available on the Orchard People website.

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