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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.


Student Summer Jobs

THESE POSTINGS ARE NOW CLOSED – thank you to all the applicants

2 Student Positions Available:
•    Community Gardens Coordinator – 12 week contract, starting June 4th
Application deadline: May 23, 2012
The Community Gardens Coordinator will contribute to both a positive and productive growing season by supporting volunteers in Greenest City’s three gardens, including the HOPE Community Garden, the Youth Learning Garden, and the Milky Way ESL garden. The position involves both regular garden maintenance activities and organic gardening education for community gardeners of all ages and levels of experience.

•    Youth Green Squad Coordinator – 9 week contract, starting June 18th
Application deadline: May 25, 2012
The Youth Green Squad Coordinator will work with program staff to plan and lead this year’s team of students during their seven-week paid employment. The Youth Green Squad is a summer employment program for high school students, offered by Greenest City and focused on local food projects, including community gardening, food preparation for community kitchens, delivering food/garden-related workshops and community art.

Review full postings for details:

Community Gardens Coordinator_Greenest City Job Posting 2012

Youth Green Squad Coordinator_Greenest City Job Posting 2012

It’s time for the Greenest City Earth, Food and Culture Festival!

It’s harvest time in the garden, and everyone at Greenest City knows what that means!

This year’s Earth, Food and Culture Festival will be taking place on Saturday, September 24th from noon until 4pm. Come join us in Masaryk park for a fun afternoon of food, entertainment and family-friendly activities. This year, we’re being joined by Bicycle Commons and Mountain Equipment Co-op for a free minor repair and bike tune up clinic in adjacent Dunn Parkette.

Hope to see you there!

Greenest City Earth, Food and Culture Festival

And now for the 2011 Youth Green Squad!

We’ve already posted for the Youth Green Squad Leader, now it’s time to hire the 7-person Youth Green Squad Crew.

The Youth Green Squad is a seven week paid summer employment program offered by Greenest City. This program is designed for high school students with limited to no work experience and provides an introduction to various career fields related to food and the environment. The Youth Green Squad contributes to the community through a variety of local food projects while also developing life and job skills through various training opportunities.

To apply, read the attached job posting and download and fill out the attached application form. Resumes and cover letters will not be read – if you can’t open the attached form, email to receive it by email or drop by our office and pick up a copy!

Application forms are due by Thursday, June 2 at 5pm. Late applications will not be accepted.

Sorry – This posting is now closed

Help us get out of town!!!

Over the past three years, Greenest Cityhas been providing free field trips to
farms and nature areas around the GTA to members of the Parkdale Community. For
many on the field trips, they are a rare opportunity to get out of the city and
into the countryside, for others they are a wonderful chance to meet their
neighbours and fellow-community members.

This is your chance to help us make sure that we can offer field trips again in

Go to the Aviva website and vote for our project, Get out of Town! at

Whether we are successful depends on you! Registering to vote is easy, and you
can go back and vote every day for ten days. Tell your family, tell your
friends, and help us make sure the Greenest City field trips are in the works
for 2011!

Let’s all get out of town!

Greenest City 2011 Calendar

Once again, Greenest City has compiled some of our best photographs and produced a calendar beyond compare!

And here, only on the HOPE Garden Blog, is your FREE PREVIEW!

To find out how to order a calender of your very own, check out our web site.

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]

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