food


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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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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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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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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Back-to-school harvesting

Do you feel that? It's the cool fall breeze rustling your hair. Do you hear that? That's the sound of children's voices gleefully picking vegetables from their school garden carrying over: eating beans, tomatoes, sorrel, chives and what have you straight out of the garden. Last week at Winchester, Gabrielle Roy and Sprucecourt children picked a large bounty of vegetables that went into the schools' lunch and morning snack programs, as well the fresh and immediate consumption! Tomatoes for everyone! Globular and pear shaped, small and big, stripey, red, orange, ...

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Happy 10th anniversary Winchester School Garden!

Happy 10th anniversary Winchester School Garden! We are proud and elated to announce that it is the 10th year anniversary of Winchester P.S. Community Garden! Come celebrate with us on Saturday, September 24th from 1pm to 4 pm. Details  (and more to follow!) listed on the poster.

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A Life Change

Food is something that is important to our well being as a necessity of life but is often not paid attention to.  I was born and raised in the city of Toronto and grew up thinking I knew everything about food and where it came from.  Little did I know that people around me and myself barely scraped the tip of the iceberg. Growing up as a kid I had to be cautious around food due to my sensitivities and allergies.  It didn’t help that my mom would make sure I didn’t eat foods I haven’t eaten before which can be a potential allergen.  As I hit my teenage years I ...

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Toronto District School Board Food and Grounds Tour Review

Meghan the intern here again, bursting at the seams to talk to you about one of my latest adventures!  As a student whose academic background is based in Nutrition and Dietetics, I have experienced a steep learning curve when it comes to topics like urban agriculture and environmental sustainability.  Being introduced to these ways of thinking has actually been one of the things that I have valued most about my practicum; every day, I’m learning how to see issues through multiple lenses.  My most recent experience as a participant at the Toronto District School ...

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School Gardens – What’s Nutrition Got To Do With It?

Greetings everyone - my name is Meghan and I’m an intern student from the Masters of Health Science in Nutrition Communication program at Ryerson University (whew, that’s a mouthful!). I’ve been asked to write a blog entry from the perspective of someone who focuses on the vital role that GTGK plays in child (or anybody’s!) nutrition. I’m really excited to be sharing this with you today! I have to be honest that I’ve encountered a few looks of confusion when I mention where I’m doing my practicum placement. “Gardening? Really? But what does gardening have ...

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