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Parkdale Earth, Food and Culture Festival – 2010

Parkdale Food, Earth and Culture Festival – 2010!

Saturday, October 2, 12 noon – 4 pm
Masaryk Park, 220 Cowan Ave

Come celebrate Parkdale, healthy food and the environment with Greenest City. Featuring a variety of musical performances: Baro Dununba (African drummers), Tibetan youth cultural performance and Shadowlands Puppet Theatre among others. We will serve a harvest lunch prepared with fresh, local ingredients. We’ll even have a bake sale for you to buy local produce from!

Other features include: arts + crafts, children’s games, bike tune-ups and a massage tent.

All of the activities above are free of charge. We only ask a minimum donation of $2 for a plate of our delectable dishes. So please join us.

If you would like to volunteer, sponsor, or have any questions, please contact us at 647-438-0038, info[at]


Greenest City Calendar 2010

Presenting … Greenest City’s 2010 calendar!

It’s an annual tradition of ours, and a way for us to share what we’ve accomplished in the year that was.

Featuring beautiful pictures of the people and work of Greenest City, the calendar is a perfect gift for yourself and to your family and friends as we near the holiday season.

The calendar includes all the important Canadian and multicultural holidays, as well as the different lunar phases, daylight saving time days, environmental dates, among other things. The boxes are bigger than last year’s, so you can have enough space to fill it out with notes. The design is crisp and simple, and we look forward to hearing what you have to say about it when you hold it.

Some preview shots:

Please click here to find out how you can get these calendars. Apologies for the multiple linkages. WordPress doesn’t approve of paypal’s “buy now” buttons, so our website is the only place where you can click on it.

For comparison, here are 2008 and 2009 calendars.


March Break Children’s Program

March Break Garden Program

March Break Garden Program

Greenest City Calendar 2009 (now with sample pictures!)

Back by popular demand: the fabulous Greenest City Calendar!

Due to the tremendous popularity of our first calendar last winter, we will be publishing a new one for 2009.

Featuring gorgeous pictures of HOPE garden, people young and older, field trips and potlucks from this year, and beautiful images of plants too. The design is uncluttered and colourful.





This is the gift that gives several times:

All funds will go towards making HOPE garden programs more inclusive next year.


In Greenest City fashion, the calendar is of highest eco-standards: printed on enviro-stock paper with vegetable-based ink and a “waterless” printing process.

We will have the calendars ready by mid November, but please pre-order now! The calendars are $ 15 each.

Enjoy the beauty of the gardens and community, every page, every day! This calendar will be the perfect gift to your friends and family for this year’s holiday season.

Thank you!

P.S. If you haven’t seen last year’s calendar, view it here!

This year’s promises to be even more beautiful.

Putting the Garden to Bed… this Sunday 12 noon – 5pm

It’s that time of the year again. The air is crisp, the elections are over, hockey season is well underway, and in a quiet pocket in the neighbourhood of Parkdale, a community garden is being put to bed before the onset of winter.

What: HOPE Garden Cleanup

When: Sunday, Oct 26. 12 noon – 5 pm

Where: HOPE Garden, 220 Cowan Ave.

So please join us if you are in the area. We’ll share our favourite memories from the garden, meet old friends, and also hot delectable soup.

It’s for the comfort of fall. It’s falling leaves, soft cardigans, and getting ready to prepare for another stronger and more beautiful season of gardening next spring.

Food, Earth & Culture Festival! – Sunday, Sept. 28

What: Food, Earth & Culture Festival
When: Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008. 12 noon – 5 pm
Where: HOPE Garden, Masaryk Park, 220 Cowan Ave. [map]

Featuring acclaimed children’s musician Chris McKhool, and a host of other talents. And best of all – everything is FREE!

There will be:
Food! Sample free food from our delectable Local Food Café… and enjoy an afternoon corn roast and local apples. Local Food Café opens from 12:00-1:30.
Music! Featuring accomplished performer Chris McKhool, who at 1pm will delight with his children’s music for the green-at-heart; also featuring African drummers, Tibetan folk music, storytelling and harpist, and more.
Eco-activities! Arts and crafts, free bike check-ups and garden scavenger adventures.
Fall Fun Fair! 3-legged races, bobbing for apples, hay-bale toss and more! With prizes for the fastest, strongest & silliest!
Press Conference! Join Greenest City, Organic Gardening Magazine and local dignitaries to officially open our NEW rainwater harvesting system at 12:30 pm.

For more information contact: Gelek 416-922-7626.

And don’t miss out on the satisfaction of volunteering to make it a great day! Please let us know if you could help with one of these important teams:

1) Food preparation [9:30 am – 11:30 am]: 2 hours of chopping help.
2) Set-up team [9 am – 12 noon]: this team is important.
3) Dish Washing Station [11:45 – 2:00 pm]: help keep the dishwashing station stocked and moving well.
4) Corn Roast [1:30 – 4 pm]: be a fire keeper, husker and all-around corn-y king.
5) Food Servers [11:45 am – 1:30 pm]: have the pleasure of serving local organic food to guests.
6) Clean-up [4:30pm – 6:30pm]: the all-star “many hands make light work” team.
7) Runners [12- 2pm and 2-4pm]: fetch things that we need during the day.

Volunteer letters and hours will be provided. Just email us and say what team you would like to be a part of.

So come on over and have yourself a good time with the folks from Parkdale & HOPE Community garden.

[Our thanks to the city of Toronto and Parkdale BIA for their support in making this event possible.]

Organic Apple Picking Trip [Sat, Sept 20]: Space Available, Register NOW!

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