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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Help us grow our gardens!

Our learning gardens are a catalyst to show children how versatile, delicious and fun healthy food can be, developing positive attitudes towards healthy fresh food, and increasing consumption of these foods. Green Thumbs has been at the forefront of the learning garden movement in Ontario for over 15 years. Help support this small but mighty organization to continue creating participant opportunities for over 4,000 children and youth each year, in dense urban communities that need it the most. New in 2017 – Green Thumbs is taking it to the next level with employment ...

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Holiday Gift Cards are Here

This holiday season, give a gift that says you want to share the joy of the season with kids and their families in the inner city. On the front, a beautiful Green Thumbs original school garden photo that expresses the joy and sharing of the season. Inside, a personalized message from you - honouring those who you know care about connecting kids with nature and food! Options: $10 card will purchase seed to feed one class healthy spring greens $25 card will purchase a berry shrub for a school garden $50 card will purchase enough new seed to feed one class healthy ...

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Sow & Save – Teacher Workshop

Teachers! FREE workshop on Seed Saving. Green Thumbs, in partnership with USC Canada, is offering a FREE workshop that includes lesson plans, materials and supplies for teaching about seeds. You get a Seed Bank and a Biodiversity Bean Kit, plus a binder full of lesson plans! It’s called Sow and Save and meets curriculum expectations for grades 3-6. All grade levels welcome. Date:      November 22, 2016 Time:     4:45 refreshments, Workshop 5:00-6:00 pm Place:     Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E., 3rd Floor Register

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AGM Agenda

Annual General Meeting June 18, 2016 11am – 1 pm Centre for Social Innovation 585 Dundas St East, 3rd Floor Toronto, Ontario AGENDA 1. Approval of the agenda 2. Chair’s Report 3. Executive Director’s Report 4. Approval of minutes from AGM held on June 25, 2015 5. Treasurer’s Report and Approval of 2015 Financial Statements 6. Appointment of the auditor 7. Special Motion to amend by-law sections 8.1 and 8.2 as follows: Current sections: 8.1 The business, affairs, and property of GTGK shall be managed by a board of not fewer than seven (7) and ...

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