education


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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A double-double black magic kale, please!

Five-year-olds don't always want to eat their vegetables. But when they've spent time exploring a schoolyard garden and picking their own, eating vegetables is suddenly exciting. Call it a "Salad Celebration," and orders for a "double-double black magic kale" start rolling in. More than 160 children and parents a week enjoyed summer activities hosted by Green Thumbs this year at Winchester and Lord Dufferin Public Schools. Celebrating local food in our downtown eastside community meant trying new textures and flavours as part of learning how to identify edible plants ...

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A Community that stays together

A Community that stays together by Kisha Andrews, Community Worker in Training After two months of planning, I actually completed my first March Break program with over 200 children throughout the week.  I never expected it to be so chaotic but enjoyable at the same time. The up side of doing this March Break Program is having a group of volunteers and team leaders that can cohesively provide a program for such a large number of children. During the planning process I was in charge of contacting some of the organizations that would become guests at our program. ...

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Give Peas A Chance!

Give Peas A Chance!   Hello everyone, my name is Brad and I am a Community Worker in training at George Brown College. If you are reading this then I am glad to say that we both survived this gruelling winter! This is me on the left. The past four months working with Green Thumbs has been a remarkable experience. I began my practicum during the harsh weather of January, so the opportunity to spend time working in our wonderful school gardens has not presented itself. Though I haven't had the chance to see the three sisters (squash, corn, and beans) grow, I have ...

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Thanks to our awesome co-op students

In June, our co-op students Prushodhj Niranjan and Pantha Azmee finished up at GTGK. They were superstars! And we will miss them. Prushodhj and Pantha, both students in the Environmental Specialist High Skills Majors program at (school name), diligently took on a variety of tasks: leading workshops and teaching young children about vermicomposting, rebalancing and managing multiple composting sites; setting up and taking a leadership role in children's and youth garden programs; garden maintenance—building beds, repairing a composter, planting, watering and caring for ...

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July 19 Workshop – Learning Community Details/Flyer

  to see the full flyer click here: learning community

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Learning Community: Upcoming Workshop on School Food Garden Ecosystems

On Friday July 19, from 10 - 3, we'll host our very own training day. The theme is Learning Community: an Ecosystem Approach to School Food Gardens WHO: Teachers, Caretakers, Education Assistants, others (inquire) WHAT: School Food Garden Ecosystems  -- One-Day Workshop Explore hands-on activities, and take home elementary lesson plans linked to curriculum Learn about plants and compost; gardening tips specific to school gardens, Q&A Planning food for humans, food for butterflies: designing naturalized spaces and food gardens Gardens tour: Rose Ave. PS, ...

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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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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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