4 results for month: 02/2011


GTGK: January and February updates galore! Plant Nerd alert!

Oh boy. It's not quite gardening season (although we do have our onion and stevia seeds planted indoors!) and already we've had our hands full with various events, presentations and programs, not to mention grant writing and seed inventory! Eeeeee! On January 27, I went out to Ajax to present on a panel discussing engagement with newcomer youth. The Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA) organized this overarching conference on community engagement and settlement issues. Recommended by a Kitchener-Waterloo public health nurse, I was invited to participate on a panel to discuss our youth programs: issues, challenges, and strategies used to ...

Urban Roots Youth covered in Parliament St. Newspaper

Parliament St. News, a new local paper, featured our Urban Roots Youth program in their February edition. The program continues to gather steam, and participants learned all about cuttings and division last week.

A quick endorsement! Growing food on your balcony guide!

Our favourite Lara has made this fabulous Illustrated Guide to Growing Food On Your Balcony. A super resource for those of us that do not have backyard gardens.  Especially valuable when you think about most of the gardening books out there. Lara has had 8 years of growing experience on balconies, particularly in the neighbourhood of St. James Town, which is renown for its high-rises! Only a few hundred copies have been printed so far. But with your help, Lara(and her supporters and balcony growing advocates) hopes to be able to print more copies of this timely resource for the upcoming spring season to disperse to other educators, community ...

Remember those pea sprouts?

Remember the tray of pea sprouts (Or should I perhaps write pea shoots) the Urban Roots Youth planted almost three weeks ago? No? Here they are! These pea sprouts had to be trimmed and cut late last week. Unfortunately, the program was cancelled last week due to reports of Snowmaggedon 2011 closing down all school boards in the GTA. Thusly, the youth didn't get a chance to do the harvesting themselves this time around. That being said, 3 pounds of pea sprouts were harvested! 3 pounds of food! We're arguing in the office about whether to call them pea sprouts or pea shoots. I personally think pea sprouts sounds tastier. No worries though, ...