Programs


Indigenous Land Stewardship Workshops

by Chimu Titi This fall Green Thumbs was afforded the opportunity through a generous grant from LUSH Cosmetics’ Charity Pot program, to bring Indigenous garden knowledge to three of our schools during school hours and one afterschool program for parents and children. The 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Action recommends that educators (among others): Make age-appropriate curriculum on residential schools, Treaties, and Aboriginal peoples’ historical and contemporary contributions to Canada a mandatory education requirement for Kindergarten ...

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Divided we Stand (plants, not people)

Call for Division! Native Plant Divisions for our Biodiversity Corner This fall, Green Thumbs is setting roots in Regent Park. In October, we will run our BiodiverCity Program in a new greenhouse and a new green space. With the help of Grade 6 students, we want to improve the biodiversity in the park by creating the Biodiversity Corner. We also need your help to transform the turf into a native plant garden. If you have native plants in your garden and feel like sharing, bring us some of your divisions! We are looking for seven specific species: Wild Bergamot ...

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Reflections on Yield, 2014 growing season

Reflecting on yield, by Chimu Titi, Urban Roots Youth Program Leader Gardeners think a lot about yield, what is it?  Quantity?  The quality? What we learned? What we shared?  As summer retreats and fall approaches we recall what went right and what went pear shaped.  We have numbers.  Over 20 lbs of fresh organic produce harvested per week and enjoyed in Urban Roots Culinary programs as well as sold at the Green Thumbs Growing Kids table by youth volunteers.  This does not include the produce harvested daily by community members.  We sold over 70 lbs of fresh ...

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Green Thumbs Growing… Gardens!

Our new social enterprise - check out the amazing skills and knowledge now available for your home garden! visit www.kidsgrowing.ca/what-we-do/garden-care for more details. Email gardencare@kidsgrowing.ca to book a consultation.

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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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Quick Summer Update: Plant Faces

Kicking off the summer with creativity, kids at our Sprucecourt morning program are having so much fun!  This ‘plant face’ activity kept everyone alert during the tasty garden tour as they collected materials along the way.   Being a “hands on learning”, I always enjoyed arts and crafts in school. Creating an example prior to our kids program, I loved choosing different textures and colours for my plant buddy. It reminded me a lot of my own journal and my entries that incorporate random items stuck in such as leaves or bracelets. Maybe I even had more fun ...

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Program Leader, Part-Time Contract

Job Posting – Urban Gardening Program Leader, Urban Roots Youth Program Part-time contract, March 19 to June 29: 20 hours/week; July 3-Aug. 24: 24 hours/week Wage: Hourly $18.50, contract position. Reports to Program Director/Volunteer Co-ordinator, Green Thumbs Growing Kids Green Thumbs Growing Kids works with children, youth and their families to learn about, grow and prepare fresh foods, cultivated in an environmentally sustainable manner, in hands-on programs. We are excited to offer our Urban Roots Youth training and employment program for the second year. The ...

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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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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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