The Toronto Community Garden Network is a great resource for Maloca. Read on for a copy of their most recent newsletter or visit their site at http://www.tcgn.ca/wiki/wiki.php
In this Issue
1. Toronto Community Gardening Network Workshops
2. Good Food Market Training Seminars
3. Wild Things with Wings
4. Celebrating Food and Farm Workers
5. The Role of Food and Agriculture in the Design and Planning of Buildings & Cities
6. Growing Soil, Growing Community: How to Compost in the City
7. This is Not a Reading Series
8. Compost Available
9. New Community Gardening Space Available
10. Deepening Roots Broadening Vision
11. Garden Jane’s Workshops
12. Job Posting
Toronto Community Gardening Network Workshops
Mark your calendars! Register now for the free upcoming community garden workshops, part of a series put on by the Toronto Community Food Animators (FoodShare Toronto, The Stop Community Food Centre and the Afri-Can Food Basket).
Organizing and Building your Community Garden
Date: Saturday May 10th, 10am-1pm
Location: Scarborough at 20 Gordonridge Place and North York Driftwood Community Centre , 4401 Jane Street, North York.
To register or for more information, please contact Kristin Wheatcroft at 416-652-7867 or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toronto Community Food Animators (FoodShare Toronto, The Stop Community Food Centre and the Afri-Can Food Basket) are offering two Good Food Market training seminars in May:
May 4: How to Start a Good Food Market, 10am-3pm.
May 31: How to Get Funds & Resources For Your Good Food Market, 10am-3pm.
Where: Training will be held at FoodShare, 90 Croatia Street (main entrance on Brock), Toronto.
Supported by the City of Toronto, TCHC, and the Metcalf Foundation. Although these training sessions are free, advance registration is required! Childcare available upon request and a free lunch will be served.
To register, or for more information, contact: Ayal at 416 363-6441 x227 or email email@example.com
On May 3 join FoodShare and partners Seeds of Diversity Canada, Evergreen and the David Suzuki Foundation for “Wild Things With Wings: A Celebration of Native Pollinators in Toronto.”
There will be two events:
–10am-3pm at the Evergreen Brickworks, a daytime event fromhosted by Gill Deacon with workshops, music, vendors and a brief visit by Dr. Suzuki;
– 4:30pm-6:30pm at the Danforth Music Halla late afternoon event with David Suzuki, Marjorie Harris, Dr. Laurence Packer (bee expert) and songs from Jason Collett, hosted by Bob McDonald of Quirks and Quarks. Tickets for the Danforth Music Hall event are available through the Music Hall and TicketMaster.
For more information, visit www.davidsuzuki.org
Exhibit, launch and discussion
On Friday, May 2 at 4:30pm, join FoodShare and Community Arts Ontario Forum as they co-present the opening exhibit of From One Place to Another: Las Dos Realidades. This event is free, and features Hamilton poet Klyde Broox performing a poem written in collaboration with Trinidadians working on a Norfolk County Strawberry Farm.
Author Deborah Barndt will be launching a second edition of Tangled Routes: Women, Work and Globalization on the Tomato Trail, as well as a Spanish Edition Rutas Enmaranadas: Mujer, Trabajo y Globalizacion. She will read excerpts from her books in honour of the alternative food programs that FoodShare promotes and other groups who support migrant farm workers.
Location: FoodShare, hallway and warehouse, 90 Croatia St, Toronto (entrance on Brock). Click here for directions
May 2-4, 2008, Ryerson University
You are invited to attend a symposium investigating the opportunities for creative cooperation between shapers of the built environment and actors in urban food and agriculture systems. It brings together, for the first time, individuals from the full range of professions of the built environment who have recently been tackling challenges of the urban food system. They will explore the interface between the physical aspects of urban food provision and distribution and urban design and architecture. After an introductory survey as part of a public lecture, this meeting will address a number of issues, grouped into five themes, and includes field visits and an exhibition.
The symposium website at http://architecturefood.googlepages.com contains the schedule, registration information, rates and lodging options.
For any questions, please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
May 27, 3:30pm, Trinity Bellwoods Farmers’ Market
Location: Trinity Bellwoods park, north-west corner at Dundas and Shaw St.
Come learn how to turn your kitchen scraps and yard waste into rich soil! This workshop will explain how composting works, how you can compost anywhere (in an apartment building or in your backyard), and how to work with your neighbours and community members when setting up a composting system. There will be examples of vermicompost bins and resources available (including a composting manual). Experienced composters will give advice about where to source out materials to start composting and will answer questions from those who are already composting.
This workshop will be hosted by Trinity Bellwoods Farmers Market and taught by FoodShare and FoodCycles, a new community-based urban agriculture and composting group in Toronto. All are welcome, from those who have never composted to long-time worm lovers.
On Tuesday, May 27 at 7:30pm Pages Books and Magazines presents Barbara Kingsolver & Steven L. Hopp , authors of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. The reading will be held at the MacMillan Theatre, University of Toronto.
Tickets are $10 and are available at Pages Books and Magazines, 256 Queen Street West (in person ticket sales only).
For more information please call 416-598-1447.
Co-presented by The Stop Community Food Centre and Toronto Food Policy Council.
Composted horse manure from the Sosnicki organic farm is now available at the Dufferin Grove Farmers’ Market. Ben Sosnicki will be there with potatoes, perogies and a truckload of horse compost! These bags of compost are perfect for flowerbeds and vegetable garden preparation, and are available for $5. Each bag will cover 12 sq feet, approximately 2″ thick. They are quite heavy, so plan to bring a cart. Please see Ben at the market beginning April 24th to pre-order your compost.
The Dufferin Grove Farmers’ Market is located in Dufferin Grove Park, on Dufferin St., south of Bloor, right across form the Dufferin Mall. Open every Thursday, 3pm top 7:00 pm
JavaMama, fantastic local cafe/coffee roaster on Bathurst at Dupont is looking for some loving hands to turn the backyard space of the business into a garden. The space is very spacious and welcoming, albeit somewhat shady in the summer months. The owner has had people work the space before with lovely results, and the previous gardeners grew vegetables as well as decorative plants. She would be able to provide something in terms of “funding” to whoever wants to take on the project.
If any of you are interested, please contact Susan at email@example.com. She would be more than happy to answer any questions.
You are cordially invited to participate in the 3rd annual:
Summer Internship in Organic Agriculture
May 22 – July 6, 2008
**ONLY THREE SPOTS LEFT**
At the Art of Living North American Centre
St Mathieu du Parc, Quebec
A unique program bringing youth the very best innovations in organic agriculture and leadership training.
Participants need not have previously participated in any Art of Living programs.
– Permaculture and polyculture design workshops with Dave Jacke
– Cultivating soil: a deeper understanding of agriculture and human health with Andrew Jones
– Urban agriculture, rooftop gardening and food security with innovative Montreal NGOs
– The Youth Empowerment and Skills Seminar: building dynamic youth leaders with Emily Peck
– Sahaj Samadhi: keeping the mind in the present moment with Pierre Laflamme
– And much more…
Click here to view a video from last year’s internship: www.youtube.com/deepeningroots
Click here to download an information brochure about the internship: http://www.artofliving.ca/deepening roots information package.pdf
Click here to download an internship curriculum: http://www.artofliving.ca/Curriculum Outline Final Draft.pdf
Contact for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-537-9915
Garden Jane is a Toronto area business that grows thriving gardens, gardeners and garden culture. We use nature as our guide to build soil and ecosystem health, and to grow edibles and other useful plants.
Garden Jane’s updated May and June schedule. There are several exciting new public events, workshops and even a new workshop series on the horizon. Here is the scoop:
Sat May 10th, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Pre-registration required)
Introduction to Organic Gardening and Permaculture. New additional date! Sun June 1st, 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
$50-75 sliding scale (includes take-home resources)
This hands-on workshop introduces organic gardening, permaculture theory and seasonal hands-on activities. Topics: permaculture design; organic and permaculture practices; plant guilds (plants that grow well together, help soil tilth and support the larger ecosystem); spring garden planting (May only); soil building; cover crops and mulches; organic pest control (June only). High Park Children’s Garden.
Sat May 17th, 9:30 – 12:30 p.m. (Pre-registration required)
The Soil Food Web (intermediate)
$30-45 sliding scale
This workshop is for garden keeners who want to learn more about soil science and the soil food web. Topics: pH, Nitrogen and other macro and micro-nutrients; bacteria and fungi and other members of the food web; low and medium tech ways to make good compost tea and how to use it. High Park Children’s Garden.
Sat May 24th and Sun May 25th, 10-4 (public event)
Drop-in garden activities at Brickwork’s and Evergreen’s Doors Open Event (Sacred Spaces, Sacred Places theme).Silent walking meditation, with a focus on Nature’s Patterns; Sacred seed art for the garden or woods; Sacred planting: Fairy Gardens, Herbs and Medicinals.
Mon May 26th, 7 – 9 p.m. (Pre-register at 416-252-3665)
Container garden workshop. $20-$30 sliding scale (includes take-home resources).
This presentation, talk and demonstration offers Garden Jane’s perspectives on organic container gardening. Learn tips on growing organic vegetables, herbs and other useful plants in containers. Includes a demonstration of planting containers that may be grown on a balcony, patio or rooftop.
Mind Body Clinic at 2921 Lakeshore Blvd W at Islington.
Sun June 1st, 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. (Pre-registration required)
Introduction to Organic Gardening and Permaculture. $50-75 sliding scale (includes take-home resources). See May 19th for details.
Wed June 4th, 6 – 8 p.m.
Introduction to Organic Gardening Workshop, Emmett Ave Community Garden, hosted by Evergreen for Jane and Eglinton neighbours. RSVP required. To RSVP or for more info, contact Rebekka Hutton at email@example.com or 416-596-1495 x 244.
Thur June 5th, 6 – 8 p.m.
Introduction to Organic Gardening Workshop, Fort York Community Garden, hosted by Evergreen or Front and Bathurst neighbours. RSVP required. To RSVP or more info, contact Rebekka Hutton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-596-1495 x 244.
Sat June 7th and 8th (free entrance, pay what you can activities)
Windfall Ecology Festival, Fairy Lake Park, Newmarket. Garden workshops for families (Sat 10 and 12, Sun 10); Cirque Dirt storytelling (Sat and Sun 3:30 p.m.); Drop-in garden activities.
Tues June 10th, 17th and 24th, 7 – 9 p.m.
NEW! Vibrant well-being in times of stress
$120-150 sliding scale. Co-facilitated with Dr. Johanna Beyers (www.windoakdove.com). Register at email@example.com or 416-651-5930.
This three-part hands-on workshop series delves into ways that stress is expressed in ourselves, our communities and nature. Using Jungian principles, and personal and interpersonal exploration, we’ll uncover topics including:
– lessons from the garden and woods on dealing with stress
– nature play for self understanding, visioning and creative expression
– taking direction from the sensory world
– garden-based healing practices
– strengthening our capacity to be healthy in community
Wed June 18th, 7 – 9 p.m. (Pre-register at 416-252-3665)
Sprouting Workshop. $20-30 sliding scale (includes take-home resources)
Learn the basics of sprouting a variety of seeds for your health and well being. We’ll explore ways to incorporate more live food into your diet and lifestyle.
Mind Body Clinic at 2921 Lakeshore Blvd W at Islington.
Sat June 21st, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. (tip jar)
I’m promoting Jerome Godboo’s blues music (with gardening themes!) too. One of Jerome’s not-to-be-missed Toronto gigs is at the Rex with David Rotundo on Sat June 21st, 3:30-6:30 p.m. (get there early for a seat). Ask me for free beans if you come.
Position: Communications Manager Local Food Plus
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Deadline: May 9, 2008
One-year contract, Full-time, based in Toronto, Ontario
Local Food Plus (LFP) is a non-profit organization
committed to growing environmentally, socially and
economically sustainable local food systems, in order to
foster vibrant regional economies.
Local Food Plus (LFP) works in three main ways to help grow local sustainable food systems — through a certification system that identifies farmers and processors who are producing local food in ways that are environmentally and socially sustainable, a market development program that opens new markets for certified farmers and processors, and a public education program. The primary tools for communicating these goals are the LFP website, targeted newsletters, and news releases. The job of the Communications Manager is to ensure that all materials are of top quality — dynamic, credible, current, accessible to a wide public, informative, and smart.
* Manage media and public relations for LFP events
* Produce regular newsletters for LFP stakeholders
and the general public
* Work closely with the President to develop a strategic
* Write, edit and post material for the LFP website
* Excellent journalistic skills; ability to write in an
accessible and engaging manner
* Three to five years experience in media and public
* Excellent research and interviewing skills
* Excellent communication, organizational and computer
* Knowledge of agricultural and food system issues
* Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
* A strong commitment to growing local sustainable food
systems according to LFP principles.
* Knowledge of the Ontario Greenbelt an asset
$45,000 – $50,000 annually, plus a full benefits package
Local Food Plus is an equal opportunity employer and
invites applications from all interested individuals.
HOW TO APPLY: (do not reply to this FoodShare email!)
Deadline: May 9, 2008
Please submit a detailed cover letter, resume and three
references by email only to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please
put “Communications Manager” in the subject line
We thank all applicants for their interest, but advise that
only those selected for interviews will be contacted.