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Gord Perks on the H.O.P.E. Garden

We recently talked to City Councillor Gord Perks about Parkdale and the H.O.P.E. Garden.

Perks has been a supporter of Greenest City from the beginning and we are thankful for his kinds words and time.

 

To learn more about GC and to donate, visit here.

Honey, I Shrunk The Garden House

In the H.O.P.E. Garden, gardeners fill their plots with veggies they choose.

Some gardeners choose to accent their space with personal objects.

This week in the garden, Gardener Mark showed off his woodworking talents and revealed his latest creation. The group was impressed with his attention to detail on this miniature tree stump house. Can you spot what may just be the world’s tiniest garden hose?!

Bravo, Mark!

A Wet First Week

The first week of the H.O.P.E. Garden’s growing season has been grey and wet.

Despite the not-so-nice weather, gardeners scrambled to get seeds in the soil and garden plots are starting to take shape!

“A Gardeners Outlook on Life”
by Laurie Jo DeGrave 2003

Take up the spade with song.
Nurture early on.
Be fervent while you plot.
Chart the spot.
Prune with certainty and care.
Growth stops there.
Patience, patience, time to grow.
Reap what you sow.
Hardly the Garden of Eden?
Thankful for another season.

TED Talks: Urban Farming

“Growing your own food is like printing your own money!”

What a great TED Talk on urban farming!

If Ron Finley can find spaces to garden in South Central LA, think of the possibilities of spreading H.O.P.E. Garden!

Shameless Plug

WateringGardenThe Greenest City’s gardens and programs served 3400 people last year.

THANK-YOU to everyone who made that possible!

High Fives!

And let’s try to beet that number this year 😉

There’s more details and stats in our 2012 Annual Report that’s hot off the press.

We’re Hiring!

Greenest City is looking for two super students who are searching for an awesome, hands on summer!

If you’re returning to high school, college, or university in the fall and are between 15-30 years of age, see the the information below or head here.

We have 2 summer student openings starting June 10, 2013

Join Greenest City’s Youth Green Squad

  • Plant trees
  • Clean up local waterways
  • Tend to (3) Urban Agriculture Plots
  • Grow Food for local Food Bank
  • Coach local residents on basic organic Gardening Best Practices
  • Help with Summer Community Potlucks
  • Build and Expand Garden pathways, beds, fences, planting areas

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Location, Location

The HOPE Garden is located in the vibrant community of South Parkdale.

Over the years, Parkdale has undergone much transformation. Did you know that Parkdale was once its own town in the 19th century?

ParkdaleTheatreCheck out this fascinating BlogTO post!

The neighbourhood is very different today. Parkdale is now one of Toronto’s most diverse areas. Many cultures compose the social fabric of the community. Over 50 percent of all families in South Parkdale self-identify as immigrants, and close to 45 percent speak a language other than English or French at home. (You can find these and more stats here.)

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One major reason why the H.O.P.E. garden is so vital to the community is that 90 percent of South Parkdale’s 25,000 residents are property renters and more than 45 percent are low income families. The accessible plots allow gardeners to grow the foods needed for their cultural cuisines for free.

H.O.P.E Garden is Officially OPEN!

Something’s sprouting in South Parkdale…

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The Greenest City is excited to kick off another growing season with around 75 community gardeners from the neighbourhood planting the seeds for a fruitful harvest.

On Saturday, May 11th, the HOPE Garden officially opened its gates beside the Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre. Participants from Parkdale tilled, laid compost, and planted everything from beets to bok choy. Gardeners have committed to maintaining their plots for the whole season, but they wont be doing it alone. Many will work the soil with friends and family, some with community groups, and of course, all with the help of Greenest City employees and volunteers.

 First Day Out!

The free garden plots are situated in a 4000-square-foot space on Cowan Avenue at Queen Street West in Toronto. The garden’s emphasis is on growing food organically, but flowers will help beautify and attract pollinators as well. The year 2013 is the HOPE Garden’s 7th growing season.

Keep updated on the HOPE garden’s growth on Facebook and Twitter.

Best Day In Greenest City!

TODAY IN GREENEST CITY I LOVED THE WHOLE  DAY LITERALLY FROM THE MINUTE THAT I GOT AT THE HIGH PARK’S CHILDREN GARDEN UNTIL THE END THAT CAME TO OUR MORE THAN CHILD’S PLAY PERIOD. OKAY LET’S GET TO BUISNESS, I ENJOYED THE GREAT RESPONSIBILTY OF HELPING THE KIDS IN THE HIGH PARK CHILDREN’S GARDEN AND I THINK THAT ALL OF MY TEAMATES(DOLKAR, AND EOIN) ENJOYED OT TOO BUT I WOULDN’T TRUST THAT SOURCE OF INFORMATION BECAUSE IT MIGHT E MISINFORMATIVE.

SOON I WAS SO FILLED WITH WORK THAT I COULDN’T GET ENOUGH TIME TO THINK BUT WITH THE WORK CAME THAT FAMILIAR FEELING OF ADRELINE FLOWING THROUGH ME. EVEN THOUGH WE DIDN’T DO A LOT OF WORK I STILL THINK THAT WE ACCOMPLISHED A GREAT DEAL WHICH BRINGS A QUOTE TO MY MIND ACCOMPLISHING SMALL THINGS BRING BIG STRIFE. YEAH IT’S KIND OF WEIRD BUT THE MEANING IS TRUE AND I THINK THAT THIS QUOTE APPLIES TO THIS SITUATION, AFTER WORKING THE GARDEN WE PAYED A SMALL VISIT TO THE OFFICE FOR THE GARDEN AND ONCE WE HAD FINSIHED BRAINSTORMING IDEAS FOR THE VISIT NEXT WEEK WHERE WE WOULD BE HELPING THE GARDEN’S DROP IN WHICH WAS HAPPENING NEXT WEEK.

 WHEN WE WERE FINISHED THAT WE ALL RETURNED BACK TO MASARYK COWAN TO THE GREENEST CITY OFFICE. AFTER FINSHING THIS I FELT AMAZINGLY HAPPY SINCE I LEARNED A LOT OF THINGS AND ALSO IMPROVED MY SKILLS ARSENAL.

THIS MAY BE THE LAST BLOG THAT I WILL POST FOR THE YGS BUT I THANK THE READERS BECAUSE THEY ARE TAKING THE TIME AND FOCUS TO READ MY WORK THANK YOU AGAIN BECAUSE WITHOUT YOU THINGS WOULDN’T TURN OUT THIS WAY.

SINCERELY,

                       TENZIN NAMSEL 

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