Our Fall Tea Blends are now available: a Fundraiser at Tatsu’s Bakery

Our Fall Teas are Available for sale/donation! Our Annual fall Fundraiser is at Tatsu’s Bakery on Lakeshore Blvd West, South Etobicoke. Tatsu’s makes the most delicious sourdough rye bread and dairy free scones! Perfect for some tea and jam winter combos.

Delicious Fall Herbal Teas Available

Fall Herbal Tea fundraiser for Lakeshore Environmental Gardening Society
fall teas at tatsus bakery for sale

Lakeshore Environmental Garden Society Tea Blends – Fall 2022

Fundraiser Fall Tea Blends Available

Fall Herbal Tea fundraiser for Lakeshore Environmental Gardening Society Our Herb Garden

“Secret Garden” Tea

 lemon balm, spearmint, anise hyssop, lavender, calendula 

“Down Memory Lane” Tea

apple mint, sage, lavender, blue cornflower

“Sweet Dreams” Tea

Chamomile, apple mint, lemon balm, lemongrass

Perfect Fall Tea for the wonderful sweets at Tatsu’s:

We are selling our organic herbal teas at this local Toronto treasure of a bakery and you must visit!

Tatsus pastries baked cookies scones go well with our fall teas
shop Tatsus’ baked goods here

Tatsu’s Bread- at 3180 Lake Shore Blvd. West, just west of Kipling Avenue on the north side.
Thank you very much to Tatsu’s for providing this opportunity for LEGS!

These Fall Herbal teas blends are from herbs we have grown in our LEGS Herb Garden at the Daily Bread Food Bank, on New Toronto Street just east of Islington Avenue. If you love this initiative, you would love being a member of our garden steward community. Why not join now?
Our annual fundraiser is always a popular event just in time for hostess gifts and Christmas stocking stuffers.


There are 3 varieties of herbal tea available.

Fundraiser Pricing!
While quantities last.

Packages are being sold for $5 each: $2.50 goes directly to the Daily Bread Food Bank.

This is a great excuse to visit the bakery – Barbara, our Co-Chair highly recommends their veggie quiche and chocolate croissants!

Please drop by Tatsu’s and support LEGS and the Daily Bread Food Bank by purchasing a bag or two of our tea.

from your LEGS Board and Garden Stewards for 2022/2023

tea blending party with our garden stewards at LEGS

When you support us, you support the entire community.

We thank you.

You may also donate by sending in an e-transfer anytime, no donation is too small.
Send a $5 Volunteer Thank you transfer to: legstreasurer@gmail.com

Fall Garden Blessing and Drumming Circle

POSTPONED !

Details

Saturday – 15th October, 2022
10am at our Community Gardens

191 New Toronto Street, Toronto

In Our Community Garden at Daily Bread Food Bank

email us for more info: legsetobicoke@gmail.com

Join us in our fall drumming, singing with the earth and giving thanks in harmony with the land.

We are joined by Andrew Feathers, a local Anishinaabe artist in Toronto. Let us sing and drum with the heart beat of our great mother earth and spend time reconnecting and remembering the bounty of this land.

We are learning and remembering together

Land Acknowledgement

The following statement is Toronto Metropolitan University’s Land Acknowledgement (from their website here)

“Toronto is in the ‘Dish With One Spoon Territory’.  The Dish With One Spoon is a treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee that bound them to share the territory and protect the land. Subsequent Indigenous Nations and peoples, Europeans and all newcomers have been invited into this treaty in the spirit of peace, friendship and respect.”

We share all our resources at LEGS. The Dish with On Spoon Territory land acknowledgement and honouring of the Treaty is remembered and shared here. We strive to continue to share the land as garden stewards and also share our teachings our stories and bring all communities together, at the table.


learn more about these beautiful lands:
https://chiefs-of-ontario.org/resources/map/

Our Annual Plant Exchange is back

Our annual plant exchange is back at last. This is the 12th plant exchange event we have organized in Etobicoke and we are so looking forward to growing with you!

Date: Sunday May 8th, 2022
Yes, it’s Mother’s Day – but the morning only!

Time: 9-12pm
Early birds bring the best plants!

Location:
Assembly Hall
1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive

Rain or Shine!

What happens at our Plant Exchange?

our plant exchange in etobicoke

Good question!

Bring a plant and take home a plant. All plants are donated by local gardeners from overflowing gardens. There is usually something for everyone! Maybe you need some more bulbs or berries or daylilies or you have tons of those to share.

Bring them with you when you come.

daisy grows our community hearts at legs
Daisy Heart for the Avid Gardener (in love with Flowers)

At our Plant Exchange we also have:

  • seed exchange
  • LEGS membership table
  • seedlings good to go home with you by donation
  • local garden and community groups joining us
join us – email us at info@legsetobicoke.ca to help out or find out more!

We are proud and happy to Partner with the Assembly Hall, our long time Plant Exchange location in south west Etobicoke

Assembly Hall
1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive

Etobicoke, Ontario

Did you know?

Seed and plant exchanges allow gardeners of every level in our community to come together and share seeds, cuttings, and transplants from their own gardens to swap with others. Even wisdom, sometimes books and references are shared. Most importantly, new friendships and stories are shared!


participating community groups:

Gardens Lakeshore – Growing better communities in South Etobicoke
We are Building Communities & Food Security together!


Blast from the past! (our past snapshots)

Assembly Hall – Rainy Day Plant Exchange

LEGS COMMUNITY GARDEN OPEN HOUSE SEPTEMBER 11 2021

You are invited to:


join us in our first annual September Harvest showcase.

We hope to see you in our community gardens, in the west end of Toronto, South Etobicoke. We have been working very hard to grow an urban farming environment that’s inviting and welcoming to everyone.

Come see our growing gardens, pollinator beds, raised beds, Fruit Orchard and join us in the many activities we have planned for this coming September 11th, 2021.

We support the Daily Bread Food Bank with our produce and our dedicated garden steward volunteers work had weekly to grow food for everyone – growing food security where it is needed the most!

Date: September 11th, Saturday 9-1pm

Location: 191 New Toronto Street, Etobicoke

Daily Bread Food Bank Grounds

Plant Contest

Send us your wackiest plant photos!

We are running a summer garden contest for the oddest, weirdest, funniest, wackiest plants you grew this year!

Send us the photo via email to:

Info@legsetobicoke.ca or dm us on social media at our facebook page, instagram or twitter
@legsetobicoke

Show us your #legswackyplants !!!

Winner gets a $25 Gift Certificate to Sweet Olenka’s Chocolate & Ice Cream & Bragging Rights until next year!


Activities planned for the day:


  • Garden Tours
  • Explore the Fruit Orchard
  • Plant & Seed Exchange
  • Discover our New Pollinator Garden
  • Learn about Composting & see our Compost Structures (thank you to FoodShare!)
  • Find your new favourite Library Garden Book courtesy of the Toronto Public Library
  • Donate non-perishable food for our Food Drive at the Food Bank
  • and more!

need more details? email us at info@legsetobicoke.ca

Tea Fundraiser Update! For fall 2021

Get set and ready to make tea, for fall.

We are launching our Annual Tea Fundraiser this fall – starting this month. Making blends and custom tea blends. Want to join us? info@legsetobicoke.ca

We will discuss growing, harvesting, drying and storing teas!

In preparation for our tea production we are going to have at least one (or more time permitting) tea blending party.


We will mix herbs and dried fruit and try a few.

We will work on developing our LEGS signature blends among them Summer Berry Tea (name to be chosen).


You are invited to come to the Healing Muse. 
Wed August 11th at 5 p.m.


RSPV REQUIRED! here


We will need a couple of tea kettles and a few, maybe 4-5 teaposts (small) if everybody brings one it should be enough.


If you have already experimented with different blends pls bring your recipes.
We have some recipes from last year and will develop new ones.


I am looking forward to seeing you all at the Healing Muse!


See some sample ideas for recipes from Dorota here:

For those of us who like to experiment I have 3 book recommendations.
 All available at the library.

Lois Hole. Herbs and edibile flowershttps://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM322102&R=322102
– cucumber and lemon balm marmalade (with lemons)- fried sage leaves- tarragon cream pesto- zucchini-rosemary pickles

Tart and Sweet. Kellly Geary and Jessie Knadlerhttps://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/search.jsp?N=4292744803
– sweet apple cider baby beets- pickled baby beets with juniper berries- peach lavender jam- canned hole berries- pickled cauliflower- ginger garlic pickles- zucchini relish

Canning for a New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavours for a Modern Pantry. Liana Krissoffhttps://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM2732960&R=2732960
– pickled asparagus- blackberry jam with lemon zest- apricot halves with honey and ginger- peaches in vanilla syrup- peach jam with lemon thyme- raspberry jam with mint and lavender- roasted peppers with lemon juice- zucchini bread-and-butter pickles with ginger- mint apple jelly


next up: preserves are fun!

Our Spring Plant Exchange is back!

May 8th to May 30th 2021!

Each week ( or even each day!!!) New plants will be donated by neighbhours and gardeners at these locations and you can come by and pick up your favourites!

First come, first serve.
While quantities last.


5 locations — 3 weeks of plants!

The way it works:
You bring a plant / take a plant! 
The plant varieties will keep changing. 
LEGS Spring Plant Exchange runs from Sat., May 8 till Sunday, May 30
depending on individual locations.

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Donate to support our Community based group!
Etransfer Donations accepted at: Legstreasurer@gmail.com

If you can: donate a few extra plants to LEGS.  Drop off at a location near you. See Below.
Some people to not have plants to donate, so they make a small donation to LEGS instead. (above) That is why we really need extra plants. 
Please see what you can spare from your garden, to help us out!

If you need plants that you are donating to be picked up, or have any questions, send us an email to info@legsetobicoke.ca and we will make arrangements and answer any questions that you may have.


Where the plants are:

Location 1

The Healing Muse Apothecary – ECO HUB 2859 Lakeshore Blvd West

The Healing Muse Apothecary – ECO HUB 2859 Lakeshore Blvd West

Will have plants sitting outside the shop for daily pick up

Plant drop off times:  
Monday – Saturday 
9.00am – 5.00pm 

Plant Exchange times:

Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm

 Sample plants coming up:
strawberry plants, feverfew, chives, seedling red cabbage, seedling basil.


Location 2

calendula

Plant overnight storage and drop off for LEGS:

The Sanderson’s

76 Hillside Ave, Etobicoke, ON  M8V 1S9
Note:
Plants can be dropped off anytime

Larger donations:

of plants LEAVE AT front door (OF 76 Hillside)
and then WE can gradually put out plants on the church lawn… to spread the love!

Plant Exchange Location:
Picnic Tables @ Mimico Baptist Church
😯 Hillside Ave, Etobicoke, ON M8V1S9

Plant Exchange times:

Monday to Friday -8:30a.m. to sunset

 Sample plants coming up:
TBD

mimico baptist church

Location 3

Longbranch —- Anna

30 Park Blvd, Etobicoke M8W 1G7
Plants drop off: 
on Friday 14th May.

Plant Exchange times:

Saturday start day 15th May – noon to 4.00pm


Location 4

Alderwood — Julie
99 Foch Avenue Etobicoke M8W 3X9

Plant drop off: the week of 3rd of May

Plant Exchange times:

Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10-1pm

Early plants up for grabs:
wild columbine, tiger lilies and some sedum.


Location 5

Longbranch —- Gary & Donna
7 Lake Promenade Etobicoke M8V 2G6

Plant drop off:
Any Friday before the Saturday

Plant Exchange times:

Saturday 10.00am – 2.00pm

#legsetobicoke #plantexchange #etobicokegarden #seedlibrary #seedexchange #etobicoke #havelegswillgarden

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. —
www.sproutguerrilla.com
info@sproutguerrilla.com

See more about these fantastic gardens here:

World’s Tallest Flower About to Bloom!

The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) announce that it has two of the tallest flowers in the world growing on site in the Floral Showhouse, which are expected to bloom within the next week.

The Titan Arum plant has grown an additional 10” over the last two days and is now 80”tall (as of April 26)!

http://blog.niagaraparks.com/news/worlds-tallest-flower-growing-at-niagara-parks/