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.
FoodShare Plant Giveaway: Wednesday, June 19!
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