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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.)


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.


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

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

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]

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.


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