Community Partners

HomeGrown National Park

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On October 5th, 2014 the David Suzuki Foundation will host the second annual Homegrown Park Crawl, a one-day celebration of Toronto’s green space!

Residents will join David Suzuki and dozens of chefs, musicians, Park Rangers and park lovers to celebrate the Homegrown National Park Project. Hundreds of local residents will enjoy delicious food and great music as we crawl —by foot, bike and canoe — between the parks of the former Garrison Creek.

The park crawl kicks off at 10:00 in Christie Pits. From there, we’ll move to Bickford Park, Fred Hamilton and finish at Trinity Bellwoods. We are seeking a team of energetic and committed volunteers to help us pull it all off again this year!


 

Native Plants in Claremont

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Karen Abrahams and her fabulous team provide us with our ethically grown pollinator plants.

No herbicides no pesticides.

Native Plants are those that evolved with the creatures in the geographic region you are in. Plants native to Southern Ontario are part of the Carolinian Forest with Tall Grass Prairies, Meadows, Oak Savannahs and Alvars representing just some of the different ecosystems that were here before colonization.

Only 90 percent of Carolinian Forest remains. How can we curb this disastrous trend? Plant native trees, shrubs, vines and forbes, you can check them all out here on the NANPS Plant Database. Find the plants that suit your garden the best.

Native Plants in Claremont offers many species for the annual NANPS Native Plant sale, the largest of it’s kind in North America. The Birds, Bees, Bats, Moths and Flies very much appreciate the effort.


World Crops Project

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This initiative is a joint collaboration between The Stop Community Food Centre, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association, and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation to create awareness about new world crops in the Greenbelt and Ontario.


North American Native Plants Society

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NANPS is a volunteer-operated registered charitable organization concerned with preserving native plant habitat in wild areas and restoring indigenous flora to developed areas. Our key purpose is to provide information and inspire an appreciation of native plants with an aim to restoring healthy ecosystems across the continent. It is our belief that nature belongs in urban, suburban, and rural areas as much as in remote areas. TorontoNANPSChrsitiePitsSale2014TreePurchasePeterKellyTorontoNANPSChrsitiePitsSale2014IntoTentPeterKelly


BUFCO

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After three successful decades working in the motion picture industry, husband and wife team Marc Green and Arlene Hazzan Green co-founded The Backyard Urban Farm Company. Their mission is to ignite people’s passion for growing their own food, to educate themselves and others about self-sufficiency and food security, and to strive for responsible stewardship of the planet.

 The Backyard Urban Farm Company is an organic vegetable landscaping company that designs, installs, and maintains edible gardens in homes, businesses, schools and other institutions throughout the Greater Toronto Area. We feed your urge to grow.

BUFCO is dedicated to participating in a worldwide food movement that encourages lowering our carbon footprint and trying to live more sustainably, naturally, independently and locally. Planting and saving heirloom and non-GMO seeds (genetically modified organisms), and preserving the harvest are top priorities for us.


The Tower Garden®

Aeroponic farming is the process of growing plants without soil and using very little water. Unlike conventional hydroponics wherein the roots sit in the water/nutrient solution, aeroponics enables vertical growing thus dramatically reducing the amount of space and water required….approximately 90% less than conventional soil farming. We are proud to showcase the Tower Garden® Vertical growing system as an example of how aeroponic systems support more widespread urban agriculture.


Meet the Pollinators

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Stephen Humphrey is a writer, photographer, broadcast journalist and beekeeper who’s devoted much of the last five years to learning and communicating about bees and other pollinators. In 2010 he was writer-in-residence at Guelph University’s School of Environmental Science and had the opportunity to meet pollination scientists from all over North America. In 2012 he worked on the radio documentary ‘Dancing in the Dark’, about bee intelligence, for CBC Radio One’s IDEAS – it was short-listed for the prestigious New York Festival Award. He regularly collaborates with composer and multimedia artist Sarah Peebles for her bee art project, Resonating Bodies. One of his poems was recently burned into one of Sarah’s cabinets, built to house wild bees. He’s a member of the Toronto Beekeepers Co-operative. At his two part Meet the Pollinators events up on the Roof Stephen encouraged us to look down and into the center of a flower, let’s hope for more guided tours as the late Summer flowers emerge. Butterfly on echinacea flower_15_Crop


Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA)

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With decades of practical experience in protecting our environment, educating young people, and engaging communities, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) works with governments, businesses, and individuals to build a greener, cleaner healthier place to live. Our vision is for a new kind of community, The Living City, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature’s beauty and diversity. TRCA Stewardship offers opportunities for people who want to get their hands dirty looking after the environment in their own communities. When you join us, you’ll connect with people like you who share an interest in taking action. From hands-on demonstrations and workshops, to tree plantings and community clean-ups, your efforts will have an immediate and positive impact on the environment, and contribute to long term sustainability. – See more at www.trca.on.ca/stewardship

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