Urban Trees From Seed

We started a fantastic new project this year, thanks to funding from the Gosling Foundation and from Landscape Ontario. The goals of the project are: To engage elementary students in growing native trees from seed on their school grounds, connected to science curriculum and other subject areas To develop a community of practice within school communities sharing knowledge and resources on native tree establishment and care To disseminate locally grown native tree seedlings from local seed sources back into the community To include and enhance student awareness ...

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Indigenous Land Stewardship Workshops

by Chimu Titi This fall Green Thumbs was afforded the opportunity through a generous grant from LUSH Cosmetics’ Charity Pot program, to bring Indigenous garden knowledge to three of our schools during school hours and one afterschool program for parents and children. The 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Action recommends that educators (among others): Make age-appropriate curriculum on residential schools, Treaties, and Aboriginal peoples’ historical and contemporary contributions to Canada a mandatory education requirement for Kindergarten ...

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Cook & Grow, fall 2017

Green Thumbs is offering a new after-school program in two schools this fall, thanks to Seed funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The program engages children from grades 3-6 in cooking in their school kitchen, with produce from the school garden and beyond. Children are organized into two groups, and they switch halfway through the 2-hour program, giving every child a chance to do the activities in the garden and the kitchen. Natalie Meyers, one of the animators of this exciting new program working at Nelson Mandela Park PS shares this: “We had a wonderful ...

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P is for Planting

Patricia decided to plant a garden. She wanted to grow all the things that had the same first letter as her name, but the only plant she knew that started with a P was pea shoots, so that was what she planted. Even if your name doesn't start with a P, come plant pea shoots with us on Sunday June 11th, 12pm - 2pm. We'll be at the corner of Carlton & Parliament for the Cabbagetown Bike Tune Up. These gourmet greens you plant will be yours to take home to harvest a week or so later. Cycle Solutions will be on site providing bike checks and simple tune ...

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Plant Sale May 27 – Tomatoes, Peppers & Basil $2 ea

Support Green Thumbs by buying our fabulous seedlings! Time: 11:00 AM -3:00 PM Place: Winchester Public School Community Garden, near Winchester St. and Rose Ave., west of Parliament St. between Wellesley St. and Carlton St. Plants for sale - ALL PLANTS ARE $2 TOMATOES Bali Flat, ribbed, 2-3-inch delicious fruit are a fantastic raspberry-pink in color. In flavor they are sweet and spicy, with a pronounced fragrance that makes them a delight to eat. Large plants produce loads of fruit. Good for home and market gardeners. This heirloom comes from the Island ...

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Remembering What Gardens Teach

"Environmentalism is not a specialty or a discipline like medicine or teaching or law. It's a way of seeing the world and recognizing that we are a part of the biosphere, dependent on nature--air, water, soil, photo-synthesis, biodiversity--for our health and well-being, and we need everyone to see the world through that lens." David Suzuki, Letters to my Grandchildren, 2015 On Saturday, May 13th, dozens of children, parents and grandparents joined Green Thumbs and award-winning author, Jon-Erik Lappano, to hear how the world changes when young Tokyo digs a ...

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Summer Jobs!

Green Thumbs Growing Kids is a garden and food education non-profit based in the St. Jamestown neighbourhood. Through hands-on programs and engaging learning opportunities, we work with urban children, youth and their families to grow and prepare fresh foods in an environmentally sustainable manner. We are hiring 6 summer staff for summer 2017, in two roles. Please see the positions below. POSITION 1: Community Garden Program Leader POSITION 2: Community Garden Program Assistant   POSITION 1: Community Garden Program Leader June 26 - August 24, ...

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Spring is in the Air: Let’s Celebrate!

Tokyo lives in a small house between giant buildings with his family and his cat, Kevin. For years, highways and skyscrapers have been built up around the family's house where once there were hills and trees. Will they ever experience the natural world again? This Saturday afternoon, May 13, join Green Thumbs families and friends at Spring is in the Air and find out what happens to Tokyo, Kevin, their family, and their city when an old woman gives Tokyo 3 seeds. Governor General's 2016 Award Winning Author for Young People's Literature, Jon-Erik Lappano, will host a ...

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Job Opportunity

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Position: Administrative Co-ordinator Location: Toronto, Ontario Green Thumbs Growing Kids works with urban children, youth and their families to learn about, grow and prepare fresh foods, cultivated in an environmentally sustainable manner. We offer hands-on programs at a cluster of school gardens and City of Toronto sites in east downtown Toronto. Green Thumbs Growing Kids is a registered charity. We are seeking a part-time Administrative Co-ordinator, to be responsible for financial management of the organization, working closely with the ...

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Board Members Sought

Green Thumbs is seeking nominations for directors with skills in finance, fundraising, communications, marketing, and strategic planning About Green Thumbs Our mission is to empower urban children, youth and their families to learn about, grow and prepare fresh foods, cultivated in an environmentally sustainable manner, in hands-on programs. We envision healthy communities and learning gardens everywhere. Green Thumbs Growing Kids is a registered charity operating in Toronto, Ontario. We run programs at four school gardens in the Regent Park area, which focus on ...

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