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Green Thumbs Growing Kids Announcements May 24, 2013

It's an exciting time for school gardens - please join us physically and metaphysically in our celebrations of a new season of growth and beauty! First up, today is May 24 -- The First Annual School Garden Day, brought to life by our collaboration with EcoSource and the Ontario Edible Education Network. There's a survey to fill out to help us all better understand school food gardens and gardeners, (as well as other children & youth food programs). Next week on Wednesday May 29 is the Fairmount Park Farmers' Market, adjacent to a school yard where a gardening project ...

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Kakai pumpkins and tomato apple chutney, oh my!

What to do before the weather dips below zero degrees and damages the still-green tomatoes dangling from your plants? What to do when you want to help farmers and gardeners grow beautiful heirloom pumpkins next year? Well let me tell you! Last week we had the pleasure of hosting volunteers from ING Direct Canada  for the day. And boy, did we need them with a full-day of harvest activities at both Winchester and Sprucecourt! Tasha, Alycia, Jen and Dwayne were wonderful volunteers and I know the children really appreciated their company. In the morning we brought ...

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GTGK: January and February updates galore! Plant Nerd alert!

Oh boy. It's not quite gardening season (although we do have our onion and stevia seeds planted indoors!) and already we've had our hands full with various events, presentations and programs, not to mention grant writing and seed inventory! Eeeeee! On January 27, I went out to Ajax to present on a panel discussing engagement with newcomer youth. The Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA) organized this overarching conference on community engagement and settlement issues. Recommended by a Kitchener-Waterloo public health nurse, I was invited to participate on a ...

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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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Cool shout-out in EcoSchools April newsletter

We are quite pleased to receive a mention from our friends at TDSB's EcoSchools  in their April Newsletter issue: Green Thumbs Growing Kids (GTGK) EcoSchools Section 3: Questions 3.3, 3.6 This small and incredibly talented group of gardener-educators should be on everybody's radar! Through extensive long-term engagement with Rose Avenue and Winchester PS, Sunday Harrison and her staff have been planting 'seeds' of inspiration and practical skills as students take their knowledge of and passion for the living world with them through life. Check out their newsletter to ...

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