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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?

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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.

Summer Jobs for High School Students

We are pleased to announce three summer positions for high school students at Greenest City on the Youth Green Squad.

Start date: July 2nd, 2012
Contract length: 7 weeks, Monday through Thursday
Compensation: $10.25 per hour, 31 hours per week
The application deadline is Friday June 15, 2012 at 5 pm EST to summerjobs@greenestcity.ca.

Job Description
The Youth Green Squad is a seven week paid summer employment program offered by Greenest City, an environmental organization in South Parkdale. This program is designed for high school students with limited 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, involving community gardening and cooking, while also developing life and job skills through training opportunities.

*Please be sure to review the Youth Green Squad _Student Summer Job Posting 2012  for eligibility criteria and complete job information.

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 emma@greenestcity.ca 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

Greenest City Youth Green Squad Coordinator

Greenest City is looking for a Coordinator for the 2011 Youth Green Squad. This position is conditional on funding from Service Canada’s Summer Jobs program and is only open to full-time students returning to school in the fall. Applications are due on Wednesday, May 18th, 2011.

Sorry – this position is 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
2011.

Go to the Aviva website and vote for our project, Get out of Town! at
http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf9345

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!

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