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 ...
Our favourite Lara has made this fabulous Illustrated Guide to Growing Food On Your Balcony. A super resource for those of us that do not have backyard gardens. Especially valuable when you think about most of the gardening books out there.
Lara has had 8 years of growing experience on balconies, particularly in the neighbourhood of St. James Town, which is renown for its high-rises!
Only a few hundred copies have been printed so far. But with your help, Lara(and her supporters and balcony growing advocates) hopes to be able to print more copies of this timely ...
Ah yes, the first notable snowfall in Toronto befall the city last week (and more was dumped yesterday!). Thankfully, we have put hoop houses on many of our garden beds at all of the schools, to extend the life of some of the greens.
One might think that garden programming ends when it gets cold outside, but not true at all! In fact, not only are children able to extend the growing season with aforementioned hoop houses, made out of hula hoops, recycled telephone wire, thick clear plastic and office clips, but also seed more leafy greens, collect seeds ...
Numerous people were displaced by the fire at 200 Wellesley last Friday, many of whom go to the schools we work at.
In response, the St. James Town Youth Network have started a blog, as a resource for youth who were affected and for people who want to help out. Check it out!
Furthermore u4Change, the St. James Town youth project, is putting on a 200 Wellesley St. Fire Relief Fundraiser on Friday October 8, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the u4Change office at 517 Parliament St., 2nd floor. There will be artistic performances and baked goods available for sale too.
Sarah Dobec, holistic nutritionist and also founder of Field Trip, is doing the Cancer Prevention Challenge, and has chosen us to donate to via fund sharing. Each participant gets to decide what prevention initiative 80% of their fund raising goes to. 15% goes to the Women's Healthy Environments Network and the rest covers the cost of administration. We are delighted, pleased and more than honoured to have been chosen!
You can support her support us, support cancer prevention(what a mouthful!) here. You can also read more about her personal pledge on her blog.
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