Hometown Heroes Awards

Green Thumbs Growing Kids is a finalist in the Group Category of Hometown Heroes, a national celebration of environmental achievement. Thanks Earth Day Canada!

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Thanks to Susan Hay at Global TV for great work

Susan Hay's Making a Difference segment on Global TV hit all the right notes.

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VarieTREE Show May 19

On May 19, 2011, Green Thumbs Growing Kids will sponsor student tree-planting of a variety of species, on three elementary school grounds, to honour International Biodiversity Day's 2011 Focus on Forests. Students will be planting trees from seed, to ensure biodiversity within the species. Species to be planted include 4 native trees. The project is supported by the Biodiversity Education and Awareness Network (BEAN) and seed was sourced through the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources' Tree Seed Facility. When the trees are large enough, they will be transplanted ...

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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 quick endorsement! Growing food on your balcony guide!

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 ...

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Winter garden programming & season extension

Greetings y'all! 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 ...

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School gardens and healthier school menus go hand in hand!

Rebecca Jones wrote this great article in Education News Colarado on how introducing healthier school menus is not enough in getting children to eat more healthily and nutritiously.  Researchers at the Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Center for Weight and Health at the University of California at Berkeley found that implementing school food gardens and cooking, and other participatory food related activities, with healthy menu choices in the cafeteria increased children's intake of healthier fare ---- they had a growing appreciation for fresh vegetables and fruit in and ...

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Article sur le Centre Francophone et le jardin commencé à Allan Gardens

The lovely Candice Nsongo, Community Health Worker at the Centre Francophone de Toronto(CFT), was featured in an article in L'Express, the French language Toronto newspaper. (Suite en Français) The Centre Francophone de Toronto published a second edition manual on where to  get ethnocultural foods in Toronto, i.e. Répertoire des aliments et épiceries ethnoculturels. This manual was in large produced by the CFT because many of its clients are of  diverse African, Antillean, European and Asian backgrounds, but is also available for all audiences interested in diverse ...

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We were written up in an article by Justin Skinner of InsideToronto! Helping to create Green Thumbs in St. James Town - August 18, 2010 - - Justin Skinner With so little green space in St. James Town, Green Thumbs Growing Kids is looking to give children and youth some gardening space to call their own. The not-for-profit organization has been running community gardens at three local schools over the past several years, starting with a large garden space at Winchester Public School more than a decade ago. Since it began, Green Thumbs Growing Kids has ...

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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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