We hope you'll join us for a Harvest Party at The Backyard Farm and Market at Erin Mills on Sat Oct 5th. The Market runs til 12:30 that day and the event starts at noon with a meditative labyrinth walk followed by a gorgeous meal and activities for all ages. The Backyard Market is open until Oct 12th, 10-2 and we are still working with volunteers on Tuesdays. Contact us if you'd like to join on a volunteers day as we lead up to the Harvest and/or as we wrap up the farm.
It has been a full year with the new Backyard Farm and Market at Erin Mills project, new and continuing condo gardens in the GTA, the second year of the William Burgess School garden, and Toronto's second full Permaculture Design Course. Each project has offered up learning, good food, personal growth and community sharing. We've designed each project using permaculture principles and processes, following nature's queues along the way. We let the designs emerge as energy and resources became available, without forcing things. At times it has been messy and at times we've worked pretty hard, but the team and volunteers have worked with love and care for self, along with love for the gardens, land and others.
We are still committed to working with longer cycles on projects whenever we can, and in year two of several of these project commitments, the rewards are coming in. More engaged people, deeper learning, warm connections, better food and gardens all round. Year three promises to be wonderful! As the cooler weather settles in, we'll update photos and share some of the favourite stories, but for now, Harvest season is upon us... enjoy!
What we're about...
We are all about helping people of all ages connect with healthy food and gardening. Check out our schedule of workshops, courses and project happenings here. See our new testimonials page for what people are saying. We offer Garden and Permaculture Coaching as well. Through coaching we help individuals, as well as schools, daycares, developers, condominimum communities and other groups with gardening and permaculture projects.
We continue to have seed ball kits for sale for those looking for a fun activity to do with a class, at a kid's party or for your own fun. Seed balls can be made over the fall with winter rye or clover and spread immediatetly, or the can be dried and saved until spring.
People are critical players in the social and garden ecosystems we strive to nurture. A big thank you goes out to the 7000 people who came out to workshops and events in 2013 (and 30,000 since 2007!). Thank you to the many caring people who spread the word and pitch in to put on the workshops, events and activities.
Storiesare an important part of how we share what we know. Here are some recent media and publications:
Alive (April 2013) did a piece on Permaculture: Revolution disguised as organic gardening, with comments from Jane.
Check out the Toronto star article from Oct 21 2011. There's also a That Channel web tv interview, recorded May 13th 2011. Info. Seeded and Soiled features a piece that explains a little more on why soils are so integral to our education programs. There's also a new bit of the 500 year plan.
"A 500 year plan" (a small excerpt!) was published inHope Beneath Our Feet: Restoring Our Place in the Natural World in September, 2010. The book is an anthology about how we can live right now in a time of environmental crisis. Also contributing to the book are Paul Hawken, Alice Walker, Diane Ackerman, Barry Lopez with an afterward by Wendell Berry. Order the book here. Earlier in 2010, About Local Food: Four Conversations with Toronto Food Activists by Laurel Waterman was published as well. It features an interview with Jane. About the book.
Hope to see you in a garden, kitchen or at a your home sometime soon!
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