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P is for Planting

Patricia decided to plant a garden. She wanted to grow all the things that had the same first letter as her name, but the only plant she knew that started with a P was pea shoots, so that was what she planted. Even if your name doesn't start with a P, come plant pea shoots with us on Sunday June 11th, 12pm - 2pm. We'll be at the corner of Carlton & Parliament for the Cabbagetown Bike Tune Up. These gourmet greens you plant will be yours to take home to harvest a week or so later. Cycle Solutions will be on site providing bike checks and simple tune ...

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Remembering What Gardens Teach

"Environmentalism is not a specialty or a discipline like medicine or teaching or law. It's a way of seeing the world and recognizing that we are a part of the biosphere, dependent on nature--air, water, soil, photo-synthesis, biodiversity--for our health and well-being, and we need everyone to see the world through that lens." David Suzuki, Letters to my Grandchildren, 2015 On Saturday, May 13th, dozens of children, parents and grandparents joined Green Thumbs and award-winning author, Jon-Erik Lappano, to hear how the world changes when young Tokyo digs a ...

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Spring is in the Air: Let’s Celebrate!

Tokyo lives in a small house between giant buildings with his family and his cat, Kevin. For years, highways and skyscrapers have been built up around the family's house where once there were hills and trees. Will they ever experience the natural world again? This Saturday afternoon, May 13, join Green Thumbs families and friends at Spring is in the Air and find out what happens to Tokyo, Kevin, their family, and their city when an old woman gives Tokyo 3 seeds. Governor General's 2016 Award Winning Author for Young People's Literature, Jon-Erik Lappano, will host a ...

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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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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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Reflections on GTGK’s Contributors’ Appreciation Evening—Or, Why Digging For Potatoes is Like Winning the Lottery

Reflections on GTGK’s Contributors’ Appreciation Evening—Or, Why Digging For Potatoes is Like Winning the Lottery Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Kristina Vidug, and I am one of the newest board members at GTGK. I am, I suppose, what you would call a ‘young professional’. Currently, I’m an analyst in the medical technology sector. I studied sociology at both the undergraduate and graduate level and have always felt a strong drive towards nurturing the local food movement—whether it’s through my own container gardening, or through encouraging food ...

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July 19 Workshop – Learning Community Details/Flyer

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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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