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Cook & Grow, fall 2017

Green Thumbs is offering a new after-school program in two schools this fall, thanks to Seed funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The program engages children from grades 3-6 in cooking in their school kitchen, with produce from the school garden and beyond. Children are organized into two groups, and they switch halfway through the 2-hour program, giving every child a chance to do the activities in the garden and the kitchen. Natalie Meyers, one of the animators of this exciting new program working at Nelson Mandela Park PS shares this: “We had a wonderful ...

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Plant Sale May 27 – Tomatoes, Peppers & Basil $2 ea

Support Green Thumbs by buying our fabulous seedlings! Time: 11:00 AM -3:00 PM Place: Winchester Public School Community Garden, near Winchester St. and Rose Ave., west of Parliament St. between Wellesley St. and Carlton St. Plants for sale - ALL PLANTS ARE $2 TOMATOES Bali Flat, ribbed, 2-3-inch delicious fruit are a fantastic raspberry-pink in color. In flavor they are sweet and spicy, with a pronounced fragrance that makes them a delight to eat. Large plants produce loads of fruit. Good for home and market gardeners. This heirloom comes from the Island ...

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Summer Jobs!

Green Thumbs Growing Kids is a garden and food education non-profit based in the St. Jamestown neighbourhood. Through hands-on programs and engaging learning opportunities, we work with urban children, youth and their families to grow and prepare fresh foods in an environmentally sustainable manner. We are hiring 6 summer staff for summer 2017, in two roles. Please see the positions below. POSITION 1: Community Garden Program Leader POSITION 2: Community Garden Program Assistant   POSITION 1: Community Garden Program Leader June 26 - August 24, ...

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Job Opportunity

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Position: Administrative Co-ordinator Location: Toronto, Ontario Green Thumbs Growing Kids works with urban children, youth and their families to learn about, grow and prepare fresh foods, cultivated in an environmentally sustainable manner. We offer hands-on programs at a cluster of school gardens and City of Toronto sites in east downtown Toronto. Green Thumbs Growing Kids is a registered charity. We are seeking a part-time Administrative Co-ordinator, to be responsible for financial management of the organization, working closely with the ...

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Board Members Sought

Green Thumbs is seeking nominations for directors with skills in finance, fundraising, communications, marketing, and strategic planning About Green Thumbs Our mission is to empower urban children, youth and their families to learn about, grow and prepare fresh foods, cultivated in an environmentally sustainable manner, in hands-on programs. We envision healthy communities and learning gardens everywhere. Green Thumbs Growing Kids is a registered charity operating in Toronto, Ontario. We run programs at four school gardens in the Regent Park area, which focus on ...

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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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April 13th Event Preview: Strolling the Night Market

by Robin Buyers, emergence Curator "Tonight we're getting together and going to the night market...Everyone's there: men and women, the old and the young." In "Strolling the Night Market" (1991), Taiwanese singer Zheng Jinyi sings of a tradition that goes back to the Tang Dynasty, but now very much at home not only in Asia but in cities around the world. Part of a profoundly urban culture, night markets first sprang up outside temples, with vendors selling snacks and handicrafts and fortune tellers and street performers working the crowd. Temple Street Night ...

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April 13 preview – Green Future Award of Distinction: Mark Cullen, Garden Educator, Writer, Broadcaster, Entrepreneur

"What more can we do together to encourage educators and government to get kids outdoors during the school day?," Mark Cullen asked in his November 12th, 2016, Toronto Star Saturday edition feature. He then went on to welcome environmental and outdoor education organizations to his table to come up with answers. Green Thumbs immediately reserved our seat. Mr. Cullen is not your average expert gardener. "For his contributions to promoting and developing horticulture education in Canada and for his ability to explain how Canadians can protect the environment," he was ...

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Job Posting – Project & Communications Co-ordinator

Job Description Project & Communications Co-ordinator, School Garden Celebration Week Contract position, paying $22.50/hr, 14 hrs/wk x 13 wks. Total value of contract: $4,088. Start date: Feb 27/2017 (negotiable with minimum 8 weeks before, and one week after, May 15-19) Requirements: Proven communications, social media, and Wordpress skills Excellent administrative skills Able to communicate with diverse audiences (youth, Indigenous, Francophone, multicultural, with disabilities) French language skills an asset Interest in and familiarity with school gardens an ...

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Giving Tuesday Total Funds Raised

Thanks to the amazing supporters of Green Thumbs who gave $3,930 - and our matching donor who will double this to a grand total of $7,860! We are so very grateful for your support. Our hearts are full!!!  

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