FREE Farm Field Trips Sign Up Open Now!

Through the Friends of the Greenbelt Fund, Green Thumbs is partnering with Wheelbarrow Farm to offer an exciting interactive field trip in Uxbridge, Ontario! We had the amazing opportunity to attend this trip the past 2 Fridays, learning about permaculture practices in farming, solar energy and other energy conserving practices.  We got to see the solar powered tractor and cool off in a homemade walk in fridge! Meeting local farmers and a young group of staff was also a terrific way to learn about local food systems, how people are getting involved and how to ...

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Spring Was In the Air

by Joe Durand Marla and David Celia provided beautiful music With the coming of spring there is so much to be thankful for as we look to the coming growing season and programs. The 2019 Spring Is In The Air event was a huge success and celebration of all that we strive for. It never ceases to amaze me how the garden is a place for everyone, every child, youth, teacher and volunteer can find a place to connect and learn. There were budding young artists using nature’s leaves, stems, needles and grasses to make art, seniors were sharing hand-crafted pollinator ...

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Summer Jobs!

Summer Jobs at Green Thumbs! You don’t need to be a student or returning to school in the fall anymore! To be eligible, participants must: be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and,have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial ...

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Job Posting – Indigenous Garden Educator

Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training Green Thumbs Growing Kids is a community-based non-profit organization bringing gardening into elementary schools, for children to learn about the environment and food through hands-on activities. We partner with a cluster of schools in the downtown East neighbourhoods of Regent Park, Cabbagetown and St. James Town. GARDEN EDUCATOR – Indigenous Program Co-ordinator You’ll bring gardening knowledge and experience with children into our school garden programs. You’ll help teach children about the land.Y...

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Two reasons I support the 20/20 campaign

By Joe Durand I decided to become a $20 monthly donor this year after many years of volunteering and being a donor from time to time. After participating in just about every aspect of GTGK programming and organizational activities, two things stands out to me as absolutely worth supporting in a much larger way. First, it’s about the relationship between kids and food that GTGK nurtures. Relationship at GTGK is more than about giving kids interesting taste experiences, it’s more than provisioning healthy food programs at school (goodness knows how important ...

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Placement Students Spring 2019

Throughout the year, Green Thumbs takes on many placement students from colleges and universities, giving opportunities for students to learn hands-on skills in the garden, gain frontline experience working in schools and the community and to bring their own unique interests and skills to our organization! Read about Sarah, Iris and Kristina, 3 of Green Thumbs’ current placement students who each play a special role at Green Thumbs! Kristina Apostolakis (left) I am in my final semester of the Community Worker program at George Brown College. Over the past two ...

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Why I support Green Thumbs

Here's what a few of our current Board Members say about Green Thumbs:

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Organic Certification!

Two school gardens were Certified Organic by EcoCert in 2018. In 2019, we intend to add the Greenhouse at Allan Gardens Children's Conservatory to the certified lands. We are excited to be in the EcoCert family!

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A successful semester of Community Health – Humber Nursing Students Practicum

From Sept. to Nov. 2018, a cohort of eight students with their instructor created a Mindfulness Garden to support Winchester Grade 1-2 students. Using the Social Determinants of Health lens as spelled out in the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion, the activities gave students opportunities to talk about their feelings and learn ways to reduce anxiety, deal with anger and sadness. "Green" is where you want to go, that's when you're calm, relaxed, happy and ready to learn! Fitting that Green Thumbs is making it happen! Here's their Greenthumbs Project Report and ...

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New Roots Dinner Series a resounding success

The New Roots Dinner Series sponsored by Daniel et Daniel Catering and Events went off spectacularly on Tuesday night. Over 100 people dined and celebrated the harvest season, at six local Cabbagetown venues. The menu, artfully created by award-winning Chef Karen O'Connor and Pastry Chef Bonnie Kravitz, incorporated ingredients from our Green Thumbs gardens. Please support the venue sponsors, Labour of Love, Kendall & Co., Akasha Art Project, Spruce and Toronto Dance Theatre, as they've supported us! Also a big thanks to our Gold Sponsor Dragonfly Meeting Solutions ...

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