Gardening Workshops 2020

Foodshare Toronto Spring Garden workshops. Free workshops to get you growing.

Hello all! I’m pleased to invite you to our first round of free Foodshare gardening workshops for 2020! Join Community Garden Coordinator Natalie Boustead as she leads you through engaging, hands on workshops to get you flexing your green thumbs! All workshops will provide light snacks and refreshments. You will receive a follow up email closer to the date of the workshop confirming your spot! 

Please fill out this form to secure your spot, space is limited:

Here are the spring workshop topics on offer (more to come later in the season): 

1. Seedling Starting- Weds Feb 19th, 6-7:30pm at the CAMH Greenhouse

2. Seedling Starting- Mon Feb 24th, 6-7:30pm at the CAMH Greenhouse: 

3. Intro to Gardening- Tues March 3 6-8 pm at Foodshare Headquarters: 120 Industry Street Unit C 

4. Intro to Gardening- Saturday March 7 10-12 pm at Foodshare Headquarters: 120 Industry Street Unit C

Please note:  These workshops will take place at 2 different locations. Both locations are wheelchair accessible. Foodshare Toronto has gender-neutral washrooms on site. 



to access the greenhouse: turn South on White Squirrel Way, go all the way to the end of that street, turn left, and the greenhouse will be on your right hand side after a large brick storage building. 

Foodshare Toronto head office- 120 Industry Street Unit C 

Using Public transit: from Runnymede station, take the 71 bus to Industry street, there is a stop directly in front of Foodshare’s office, last stop on the route. 

Natalie Boustead

Pronouns “She/Her”

CAMH Therapeutic Garden Coordinator and Community Gardens Lead

120 Industry St
Unit C, Toronto, ON
 M6M 4L8

More Handpicked Books

Winter in the garden is for books! We have time to read and dream and plan for spring.

Here are some inspiring titles.
All available at the Toronto Public Library.

The Pollinator Victory Garden: Win the War on Pollinator Decline with Ecological Gardening. Kim Eierman. January 7th 2020 by Quarry Books

“Native pollinators don’t always get the credit they are due for the pollination services they provide. Bumble bee pollination of blueberries creates twice as much fruit as honey bee pollination; native bees account for 90 percent of pollination of watermelons; and native bee pollination improves fruit production in apples and tomatoes. Suash and gouds are best pollinated by two species of native squash bees. Blue orchard mason bees are incredible pollinators of apples and almonds, compared to 15,000 to 20,000 foraging honey bees. Research is under way to diversify almond pollination with these native bees, which is currently completely done using honey bees.”

Examples of native flowers pollinated by native bees:

  • giant hyssops
  • garlics, onions
  • milkweeds
  • wild indigos
  • prarie clovers
  • sunflowers
Dancing with Bees: A Journey Back to Nature. Brigit Strawbridge Howard. White River Junction, Vermont : Chelsea Green Publishing, 2019

With special care and attention to the plight of pollinators, including honeybees, bumblebees, and solitary bees, and what we can do to help them, Strawbridge Howard shares fascinating details of the lives of flora and fauna that have filled her days with ever-increasing wonder and delight.

The Complete Mushroom Hunter, Revised: Illustrated Guide to Foraging, Harvesting, and Enjoying Wild… by Gary Lincoff .
Beverly, Massachusetts : Quarry Books, 2017

A brief, but colorful history of mushroom hunting worldwide; how to get equipped for a mushroom foray; a completely illustrated guide to the common wild edible mushrooms and their poisonous look-alikes — where to find them, how to identify them, and more; how to prepare and serve the fruits of your foray, plus more than 30 delicious recipes; plus, dozens of colorful, priceless anecdotes from living the mushroom lifestyle

A Global history series is a great series of small format, illustrated books introducing the reader to the origins, history, ancient recipes and more, of the chosen vegetable in this case: tomato, cabbage and potato. These books are fun entertainment as well as very informative.

Both The way through the woods by Long Litt Woon and A victory garden for trying times by Debi Goodwin are wonderful, personal narratives of how nature (mushroom picking and gardening respectively) played a big role in the lives of both women. Writing these beautiful stories helped the authors, it may as well help you, dear reader. They will inform and entertain and fill you with awe in face of always helpful Nature.

For those of you who love bringing nature indoors these two gorgeous books offer detail advice on how to create indoor plant displays that bring joy to eyes and hearts.

You can borrow any of the books at the Toronto Public Library

— posted by Dorota Rajewska

Handpicked Books

The Garden in Winter: Plant for Beauty and Interest in The Quiet Season

This book by Suzy Bales has so many beautiful photographs and ideas on how to add interest to your garden in winter. It is meant to inspire and get your creative mind going. Bales collects tips from many different sources and knows how to capture the beauty in nature.

It’s a perfect book to look through and pick up ideas while looking at your early winter garden through your window while you sip a cup of tea nicely tucked in your favourite armchair.

There is a chapter on Christmas wreaths, center pieces and arrangements. It is so lovely to make ornaments and arrangements from nature, better yet using materials from your own garden and avoiding buying plastic ornaments all together.

My personal favourite is the Bales’ use of spray-painted dried allium that can look like snowflakes when painted white.

Now I need to venture into our LEGS Community Gardens to see what plant material is there to use.

spray painted allium
Dried allium Christmas ornaments

Many Suzy Bales gardening books, including The Garden in Winter are available at the Toronto Public Library.

The Garden in Winter: Plant for Beauty and Interest in The Quiet Season. Suzy Bales. Rodale, 2007.

By Dorota Rajewska

While the Garden Sleeps

Last days of autumn in the garden

We can be proud of our accomplishments in 2019:

  • 212lbs of fresh, organic food donated to the Daily Bread Food bank
  • planted: 4 pear trees, 3 plum trees, many serviceberries, 2 hazelnut trees and a strawberry patch
  • added a new 3-section composter
  • created a water system that finally works!
  • extended our north garden area

We are looking forwards to another great year in 2020. We are planning to start on orchard pruning and organic bug control methods as early as February.

In November we have completed our Autumn Tasks in the LEGS Community Gardens and now we can use the well deserved break to dream up plans for next year’s planting.

Some things we have done this year:

  1. Raked, raked, raked all the leaves and other plant debris to place in the compost bins.
  2. Weeded the pesky strangler vine.
  3. Spread the organic mushroom compost over cleaned up vegetable beds
  4. Gathered all the apples; we couldn’t compost them as they had too many bugs this year.
  5. Moved some perennial flowers to a better location.
  6. Did a general clean up of the whole area.
  7. Our tool shed has never been better organized!

Seeds, seeds, seeds.

We have been saving seeds so now that we get a break from gardening it is time to organize the seeds and get them ready for the annual seed exchange in the spring.

What about you, how do you prepare your garden space to rest through the winter?And what types of things do you do now in order to be one step ahead once planting time arrives?

By Dorota Rajewska

Terracotta – Herb Markers Fall Special Event with Black Rock Studio

Catherine Carroll, of Black Rock Studio, is sharing her beautiful talent, famous artistic eye, and studio in South Etobicoke for us local gardeners, hungry for more Garden Fun!

herb markers….they can be simple or elaborate….

See our Events Page – for details

catherine blackrock

Check out Catherine’s beautiful work with designer tiles at:Black Rock

black rock studio

Community Arborists deliver much needed mulch!

This summer we started the growing season with super garden help by receiving

Delivered mulch from 2 excellent tree care services in Toronto — donated to our community garden at Our Volunteer run Toronto Food Bank.

— want to join us? Yes

We want to thank:

Riley – Elite Care Tree Services


Dion – Hudson Tree Services

You have helped our food donations grow from great supportive much needed mulch this summer!

Lakeshore Environmental Gardening Society
presents the first Annual:

ECO — Art in Our Garden — CONTEST


OR email us at:

Deadline to enter: July 11th
Drop off art pieces: July 27th to August 1st

Garden Party Community Celebration &
Art Winners Announced: August 2nd



Monetary Prizes based on total entries received!
Starving Artist Local Merchant Gift Baskets — PLUS:


Urban Agriculture, Montreal Style! —> agri talk!

From Joe Nasr at Greenest City :

Organized by Ryerson’s Chang School in conjunction with Toronto Urban Growers will be taking place on Friday the 15th at 2PM.  Eric Duchemin, one of the key actors in the dynamic urban agriculture movement in Montreal… focusing on the recently established and fast-growing research and action hub that he is leading.  Registration details are below.

Urban Agriculture, Montreal Style! Hybrid Research Hub Supports Urban Resiliency

Join Eric Duchemin, Co-Founder and Scientific Director, Laboratory on Urban Agriculture/Laboratoire sur l’agriculture urbaine (AU / LAB) (, as he provides an overview of AU / LAB’s activities – including an experimental rooftop farm, eco-grazing, rooftop vineyards, and the Urban Agriculture Montreal Hub. Eric will also present the preliminary results of a three-year research project that evaluates how urban agriculture, and particularly household gardens, act as green infrastructure for individual and collective resilience in an era of climate change.

AU / LAB is a hybrid research centre and hub that conducts social, technical, and economic research on urban agriculture (UA). It is a nonprofit organization that is associated with the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), and works with municipalities, real estate developers, building managers, farming social groups, and other UA stakeholders to help in UA planning and development.

This event is presented by The Chang School’s Certificate in Food Security and Course Series in Urban Agriculture, and is co-sponsored by Toronto Urban Growers.

DATE: Friday, February 15, 2019

TIME: 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Ryerson University

Heaslip House, 7th Floor

Peter Bronfman Learning Centre

297 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON

CONTACT: 416.979.5000, ext. 6674

TO REGISTER FOR THIS FREE TALK: Please click on the following link:

Accessibility: The Chang School is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. Please contact us two to three weeks in advance of the event if you have any particular accommodation requirements.

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Questions?You can reach them at

Mailing address

c/o Greenest City

220 Cowan Avenue

Toronto, Ontario

M6K 2N6

Sprout Guerrilla Talk January

Mark your calendars:

Our regular meeting first thursday of each month is shifted this January due to its proximity to New Year’s Day.

Our Winter Season Starts the second tuesday on January 9th!
January meeting – January 9th – 2014
Julie from Sprout Guerrilla 
— Sprout Guerrilla is a company striving to enable and promote urban guerrilla gardening. Sprout Guerrilla’s moss graffiti kits enable people to reclaim dead urban spaces and transform them into living ecologies. —

See more about these fantastic gardens here:

Fallen Leaves

mono october 2013_247 kids walk

The last of the gorgeous colour falls all around us, as we welcome another cold season ahead. Gardening tools put away. Beds covered for warmth and protection from the elements.

Enjoy the fall season and all it has to offer. Explore the outdoors. Don’t forget to join us for our monthly gardening talks. First thursday of every month until June 2014. December, we will have our annual Christmas Garden Dinner instead of a regular meeting.