youth


An ECS student’s view

by Jajiba Chowdhury Green Thumbs' mission is "to work with urban children, youth and their families to learn about, grow and prepare fresh foods, cultivated in an environmentally sustainable manner, in hands-on programs." When I read this statement on the Green Thumbs website, I immediately knew where I wanted to complete my final internship as a fourth year student at Ryerson University in Early Childhood Studies. As a child, I was very engaged with the physical environment, from playing at the neighbourhood park to camping and fishing. These are my fondest childh...

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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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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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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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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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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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Urban Roots Youth covered in Parliament St. Newspaper

Parliament St. News, a new local paper, featured our Urban Roots Youth program in their February edition. The program continues to gather steam, and participants learned all about cuttings and division last week.

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Remember those pea sprouts?

Remember the tray of pea sprouts (Or should I perhaps write pea shoots) the Urban Roots Youth planted almost three weeks ago? No? Here they are! These pea sprouts had to be trimmed and cut late last week. Unfortunately, the program was cancelled last week due to reports of Snowmaggedon 2011 closing down all school boards in the GTA. Thusly, the youth didn't get a chance to do the harvesting themselves this time around. That being said, 3 pounds of pea sprouts were harvested! 3 pounds of food! We're arguing in the office about whether to call them pea sprouts or pea ...

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