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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Helping Children Fall in Love with Nature

by Robin Buyers, emergence Curator In imagining a Green Future around the emergence Common Table on April 13, special guest Mark Cullen wrote of what no digital device can bring us--the shapes, sounds, tastes, and smells of the natural world experienced directly, from the vantage point of "a picnic basket under a tree." Children at the table drew plants and animals; earth and water; sun, rain, and rainbows. Even the youngest among them acknowledged the ecosystems on which we depend and with which we so desperately need to reconnect, on Earth Day made every day. ...

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For Love of Food & Family, Friends & Neighbours

by Robin Buyers, emergence Curator My neighbour is almost 90. But I still mark the arrival of spring by the sound of Carolina sweeping her patio, and the view through the fence of a garden stripped of the debris of winter and ready for its first planting of radicchio. emergence Guest Chef Therese de Grace's Nonna and Nonno, and her mother Lina, live less than a 10 minute walk south of me. Therese's journey as a young culinary artist may have taken her to Europe and the 5-star Kildare Hotel in Ireland, and later to a Pressure Cooker title, yet she has never left home ...

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April 13th Event Preview: Strolling the Night Market

by Robin Buyers, emergence Curator "Tonight we're getting together and going to the night market...Everyone's there: men and women, the old and the young." In "Strolling the Night Market" (1991), Taiwanese singer Zheng Jinyi sings of a tradition that goes back to the Tang Dynasty, but now very much at home not only in Asia but in cities around the world. Part of a profoundly urban culture, night markets first sprang up outside temples, with vendors selling snacks and handicrafts and fortune tellers and street performers working the crowd. Temple Street Night ...

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April 13 preview – Green Future Award of Distinction: Mark Cullen, Garden Educator, Writer, Broadcaster, Entrepreneur

"What more can we do together to encourage educators and government to get kids outdoors during the school day?," Mark Cullen asked in his November 12th, 2016, Toronto Star Saturday edition feature. He then went on to welcome environmental and outdoor education organizations to his table to come up with answers. Green Thumbs immediately reserved our seat. Mr. Cullen is not your average expert gardener. "For his contributions to promoting and developing horticulture education in Canada and for his ability to explain how Canadians can protect the environment," he was ...

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Job Posting – Project & Communications Co-ordinator

Job Description Project & Communications Co-ordinator, School Garden Celebration Week Contract position, paying $22.50/hr, 14 hrs/wk x 13 wks. Total value of contract: $4,088. Start date: Feb 27/2017 (negotiable with minimum 8 weeks before, and one week after, May 15-19) Requirements: Proven communications, social media, and Wordpress skills Excellent administrative skills Able to communicate with diverse audiences (youth, Indigenous, Francophone, multicultural, with disabilities) French language skills an asset Interest in and familiarity with school gardens an ...

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An ECS student’s view

by Jajiba Chowdhury Green Thumbs' mission is "to work with urban children, youth and their families to learn about, grow and prepare fresh foods, cultivated in an environmentally sustainable manner, in hands-on programs." When I read this statement on the Green Thumbs website, I immediately knew where I wanted to complete my final internship as a fourth year student at Ryerson University in Early Childhood Studies. As a child, I was very engaged with the physical environment, from playing at the neighbourhood park to camping and fishing. These are my fondest childh...

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Giving Tuesday Total Funds Raised

Thanks to the amazing supporters of Green Thumbs who gave $3,930 - and our matching donor who will double this to a grand total of $7,860! We are so very grateful for your support. Our hearts are full!!!  

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Pints for Plants: Happy Hour Dec. 1! Sponsored by Beau’s & Paintbox Bistro


Our Challenge Donor, #GivingTuesday 2016

For Giving Tuesday, we're proud to introduce you to Robert Spence as our challenge donor. Robert sat on our Board of Directors from 2011-2014 and helped to bring many key organizational policies and infrastructure to our group. He is a lawyer, now mainly retired, who had gone back to school mid-career to learn more about the environment, through the York University Faculty of Environmental Studies. His lovely memoirs are available online only, reflecting his commitment to saving paper! Download From Kobo Download From iBooks Download From Kindle Here's ...

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