building projects


Whole Kids Foundation and FoodCorps sponsored Sprucecourt PS and Rose Ave. PS in 2012

We are very pleased to announce that the funding received by us on behalf of gardens at Sprucecourt PS and Rose Ave. PS was well spent this year. Over 800 people were directly served by this grant, in meaningful ways that promote urban agriculture, healthy eating, and learning about our environment. Rose Ave. PS At Rose Ave. PS, a new garden bed was built that is now in process of becoming a Hugelkultur bed. A Huge Wha-a-a-t? you ask? Hugelkultur uses wood, massive amounts, in a garden bed. What happens is that the wood fibers break down into cellulose, a porous mass ...

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Earthblock Garden Build, Urban Agriculture Summit

On Aug. 18, seven participants in the Urban Agriculture Summit, hailing from as far away as Oregon, attended a Green Thumbs Growing Kids garden build. We used Compressed Earth Blocks, made by Henry Weirsma of Fifth Wind Farms. Here's the location - it's like a small town of 20,000 people, in 10 city blocks full of highrises. The site will be shaded by a building to the south for 3 hours  in midday - actually could end up helping to conserve water. Henry showed up with about 100 Earth Blocks. His farm is a little over an hour away in Cobourg Ontario. He makes the ...

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School Garden Earthblock Build, Aug. 18

  Want to know how to build a garden bed with children on a school ground? Come join our Urban Agriculture Summit workshop, Saturday August 18 from 1-5 pm. This is a hands-on workshop you'll leave with new skills and curriculum links for doing your own build. The Earth Blocks are an environmentally friendly material, and the raised beds help to extend the growing season as well as reduce compaction and allow children to garden more easily.

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“The Little Give” Comes to GTGK!

Happy Monday all!  Meghan the intern here! We’ve had a really exciting weekend at Green Thumbs Growing Kids! Have you heard of Edelman Canada’s “The Little Give” corporate social responsibility initiative? Well, we hadn’t - until we were lucky enough to be chosen to participate in this event that benefits child-centred non-profit organizations! A team of Edelman employees is assigned to each organization chosen and the teams compete against each other to come up with a novel plan of action that addresses the respective needs of each charity (scope out their ...

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A deliciously warm autumn in the school food gardens

The school food gardens in east downtown Toronto have been blessed with an exceptionally long and warm autumn, making for a lot of harvested greens, fruits and vegetables like mouse melons, tomatoes, ground-cherries, sunberries, peppers, lemon cucumbers, lettuce, beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, okra, coriander, Chinese chives, Tulsi and Genovese basil, dill, bok choy, thyme, and many other varieties by the children. One of the students new favourite revamped workshops is Nutrition All-Stars. This workshop incorporates harvesting, a fun and competitive nutrition knowledge ...

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Building earth blocks and building muscles

Lots of heavy lifting at GTGK last month! We've successfully built one garden earth brick bed at Winchester P.S., two at Rose Ave. P.S. and one at Gabrielle-Roy.  The same students (grades 4, 5, and 7) that got to go to Fifth Wind Construction and see how earth block bricks are made in May were responsible for building them at each of their respectable schools. These building blocks are made out of earth - "structurally sound, and environmentally-friendly". They look fantastic and not to brag or anything (totally am) but my arms are a bit more buff (I call them dumpli...

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