126 results for author: Green Thumbs Growing Kids


Summer at Green Thumbs

This summer I had the pleasure of working with Green Thumbs Growing Kids as a Garden Program Leader. When I learned that I was hired, I was very excited for the opportunity to have such a unique summer job. I did not know, however, that I would learn countless new things and substantially grow as a person in my two months with the organization. Besides all of the valuable gardening knowledge I attained, which I cannot overstate, I feel that my entire social consciousness changed while working for Green Thumbs. Getting involved in neighbourhoods like Regent Park and St. James Town introduced me to falsely stigmatized areas that I had only walked ...

Summer reflections

The children who came to Winchester Garden this past week have blown me away with their remarkable ability to absorb information and their willingness to learn.  A goal of mine working at Green Thumbs was to foster independence in these young children. They are at the age where they stop being spoon fed and the transition into this newfound independence can be challenging. Through this program, children learned to take initiative by understanding where food comes from and how to grow it on your own. For each program, we had set up three stations: a storytelling and planting station, a five senses station, and an investigation station. For most of ...

Board Members Sought, Annual General Meeting June 25

Green Thumbs is in our 16th year of operation, and our 7th year since incorporating as a non-profit organization. Our Board of Directors, always an eclectic and fun bunch, completed strategic planning with volunteers and staff in 2014. We are looking for three new Board members. Please see the posting here. Our Annual General Meeting will be on Thursday June 25, 5-7 pm, here at our new digs at the Centre for Social Innovation Regent Park (585 Dundas St. E., 3rd floor). Chimu Titi and Urban Roots Youth participants will be creating and serving a lovely light seasonal meal with many ingredients from our gardens. The theme is Hot Days... Cool ...

Webinar – Innovative Ways to Fund Your School Garden Program

From our friends at EdWeb: Join us for the next Growing School Gardens webinar! Tuesday, May 19 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time Innovative Ways to Fund Your School Garden Program Presented by John Fisher, Director of Programs and Partnerships for Life Lab; with Kevin Hesser, Middle School Teacher and Co-Director of Gardens to Grow In In This Session There is no one way to fund a garden program - there are hundreds! In this webinar, Life Lab’s John Fisher and Gardens to Grow In’s Kevin Hesser will share a wide variety of ideas to finance your school garden program. From finding grants and supportive policy, to school garden micro-enter...

May 22, 2015 is School Garden Biodiversity Day

For the past 2 years, Imagine a Garden in Every School has celebrated School Garden Day on a Friday in May. This year, the date coincides with the World Biodiversity Day called by the United Nations. We know that School Gardens represent Biodiversity by their very nature. Some grow food; some grow native wildflowers - but all engage children and youth with our real and changing world. To highlight the convergence of food biodiversity in this year's celebration, USC Canada has offered a free gift to the first 20 teachers/garden educators to register their school's garden. All participants will receive a certificate. Here's how to ...

Foodie alert: Saturday’s treats are gonna be good!

Dips and crostinis, walnut brownies from @WestendFoodCoop Savoury pastries and cookies from The Bus KItchen healthy stuff from GTGK thanks to @the_bigcarrot & @fiestafarms with kitchen space thanks to @Paintbox_Bistro Cookies, squares and loaf from Lemon and Allspice Bakery, a project of Common Ground Co-op @CGCCoop Cookies from Alli's can't wait! see you there... oh yes, and free door prizes to those who actually purchase advance tix! go to https://gtgk.eventbrite.ca/

Growing with Green Thumbs

It’s hard to believe that my time with Green Thumbs is already coming to end – and I’m only writing my first blog post now! These past 8 months have been unlike any in my life: challenging, inspiring, exhausting, and exhilarating. Completing my practicum placement with Green Thumbs has provided me with the space, tools, and support to grow my urban agriculture skills, while also upholding the values of anti-oppression, empowerment, and respect in which we ground our work in the Community Worker Program. I’ve had the opportunity to work with a team of dedicated and diverse staff, students, and volunteers, all of whom are wholeheartedly commit...

Amazing Silent Auction items April 25

Here is a list of items received to date. There will be more! - Silent auction bidding will take place from 1-3:45 at our event, at Allan Gardens Children's Conservatory. - We can accept cash or cheque - Highest bidders will be able to take items home after silent auction closes. If highest bidder is not present then they will be contacted to co-ordinate a pick-up time.   Silent Auction Items Basket 1         Soups Up Starting bid- $50 (Value- $175) Thermaloy Deep Stock Pot & Lid Cuisipro Stainless Steel Soup Ladle Cuisipro Rasp Grater Cuisipro Large Shaver 2 Ramen Bowls Soup blend Courtesy: ...

Green Thumbs wins Vital Ideas award

Green Thumbs Growing Kids is very pleased to announce that we have been awarded a Vital Ideas grant from the Toronto Foundation. This important award recognizes us and 17 other recipients as "high-impact organizations that build on successful methods of service delivery and continually adapt and innovate." Further, we "work for social change by addressing the root causes of the trends identified in Toronto's Vital Signs® Report." We will use the grant to modernize our website and make a short video, in order to spread our message and be able to support more learning gardens in the future. Learning gardens support health and wellness by ...

Divided we Stand (plants, not people)

Call for Division! Native Plant Divisions for our Biodiversity Corner This fall, Green Thumbs is setting roots in Regent Park. In October, we will run our BiodiverCity Program in a new greenhouse and a new green space. With the help of Grade 6 students, we want to improve the biodiversity in the park by creating the Biodiversity Corner. We also need your help to transform the turf into a native plant garden. If you have native plants in your garden and feel like sharing, bring us some of your divisions! We are looking for seven specific species: Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) Wild Bergamot has violet flowers, dented leaves, and square ...