Fall is upon us and sure to be lovely and warm. Many more days left to enjoy in the park. Please check our website calendar for upcoming events that take place specifically park. It's a great way to plan your time in the park, or away. We are in the process of locking down a Fall meeting date, so please stay tuned. Best way is to sign yourself up for our newsletter - just to the right of this article ;-)
The farmers' market goes till Oct. 29th. Our adopt-a-tree program is on going, so please if you love trees in our park....this is the way to support successful successive planting (say that 3 times fast). And the green house is a great way to keep your thumb green. All our initiatives are community volunteer and we encourage you to come participate to keep our community strong.
My name is Ranger Aidan, and I’d like to put a Community Canoe Garden in your neighbourhood!
What’s a Community Canoe Garden? As part of the David Suzuki Foundation’s Homegrown National Park Project, our plan is to take old canoes that are no longer seaworthy and repurpose them as bee-friendly garden planters.
The Community Canoe Gardens will be installed in parks along the corridor of the old Garrison Creek. And they will be filled with native flowers that are really good for birds, bees and butterflies. Listen to our interview on CBC’s Metro Morning.
Our goal is to raise $5,000 so we can establish a network of 12 Community Canoe gardens. This money will be used to buy old canoes, plus soil, plants, mulch and other materials.
And we need your help. Not only will you be helping to change the landscape of the city, check out the amazing perks for your generous support!
Well, we love canoes. And not only do they look awesome filled with native plants and flowers, the Community Canoe Garden network will support local bees, butterflies and other pollinators that help ensure our fruits, veggies and herbs are abundant and healthy.
Please join us in this project. Together, we can build the Community Canoe Network.
And please note that the Community Canoe Garden Network is just the beginning. Working with residents, community groups, the city, and local paddling businesses, our grand ambition is to establish Community Canoe as a service similar to bixi bikes, but for canoes. We want to help make it easier for residents to explore Toronto’s waterfront and waterways. Imagine adding a paddle down the Humber or the Don to your commute, or taking a canoe trip along the waterfront!
Please help bring canoes back to the city by showing your support for Community Canoe – a “park service” of the Homegrown National Park.
Homegrown National Park Project
Ever wanted to know about the birds in our park? Or whether and to what extent bees like our park? This sounds like a great event -- have a look.
Sunday July 21st
Free for all to attend, all welcome.
The event will be held northwest of the "bowl/slope" near Dundas St and Crawford St, It will be close enough to Dundas Street that it should be easy to find.
The event is part of the Homegrown National Park Project by the David Suzuki Foundation. Presentations by Ranger Kristi McLellan on local birds, including identifying by sight and by song, and by Ranger Gillian on urban beekeeping and the role bees play in food production. She will be bringing a demo hive. (Wow.)
Bring your own litterless picnic lunch, or purchase in advance a pre-packed lunch bag from Fresh City Farms, to be picked up at the event!! Each bag feeds two people, costs $17.
Check the picnic Face Book page for further information.
No official rain date, though this might change.
Ranger Kristi McLellan
About 100 people turned out for Councillor Mike Layton's July 4th meeting to discuss how to address park neighbors' complaints about rowdy behavior as a result of excessive drinking in Trinity Bellwoods Park -- excellent turnout! By all reports it was a good meeting with many ideas discussed.
(Photo from Now Magazine - thanks)
Inside Toronto/Parkdale Villager Suggestions made to keep harmony in Trinity Bellwoods Park
Now Magazine 20 solutions to the park drinking problem
The Toronto Star Drinking debate draws crowds to Trinity Bellwoods
The Toronto Star Should People be allowed to drink in Toronto Parks?
The Globe and Mail Toronto neighborhood debates alcohol use in park
When: Thursday, July 4 at 6:00 pm
Where: Trinity Bellwoods Community Centre, Assembly Hall
This event will be hosted and mediated by Councillor Mike Layton.
-City of Toronto Representatives from Parks and Recreations
-Municipal Licensing and Standards
-Toronto Police Services, 14 Division
Everyone is welcome.
For some background information, have a look at this recent Toronto Star article.
See this film! Wed. May 29th, Royal theatre 7pm.
The Toronto Farmers' Market Network (www.tfmn.ca) presents a screening of Symphony of the Soil, made by filmmaker, Debra Koons Garcia of 'The Future of Food'. This recently released documentary has not been widely seen, so this is a unique opportunity. For trailer and details on the film visit www.symphonyofthesoil.com.
Where: Royal Theatre, 608 College St.
Time: 7pm – film starts promptly, please arrive early
Tickets at the door: $10 ($5 for 12 and under)
Synopsis: 'Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of a miraculous substance, soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. The film examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil's key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time. Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights the possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet.'
Toronto Farmers' Market Network brings together community-based market organizers to share information, advocate for a strong and healthy local food system, and grow great markets in our city.
Visit www.tfmn.ca to find your farmers' market. Feel free to print and post the attached flyer to help spread the word of this very insightful and intelligent film.
Carolyn Wong (Trinity Bellwoods Farmers Market) & Anne Freeman (Dufferin Grove Farmers Market)