Seeds For Change


Seeds for Change (SFC) is a grass roots organization that has partnered with York Region Food Network (YRFN), to grow healthier neighbourhoods through school and community gardens. The gardens will provide citizens with opportunities to gain critical life skills, build cross-cultural, inter-...generational relationships, eat nutritional food and enjoy outdoor activity. Participants will cultivate a sense of connection and appreciation for the environment through hands-on experiences.

Citizens will have opportunities to create strong communities rooted in appreciation and understanding of ecology and agriculture. SFC will work with municipalities to fulfill our common objectives: for school and community gardens to improve the environment, health and community well-being as outlined in York Region's Sustainability Strategy, Building Markham's Future Together and Markham’s Greenprint Sustainability Plan.

We are looking for dedicated, enthusiastic people of all ages who are interested in environmental sustainability to join in taking care of the garden If you are looking for volunteer hours or just a productive way to spend time over the summer we would love to have you come out!

Feel free to come by every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 for workshops and gardening. As well, we hope to have come musicians from the area come and play some music for us while we work, if you are interested in that aspect we would love to hear from you! Please enter along the path on the east side of the firehall.

Parking is available just across the street at the Promenade Mall as there is no parking allowed at the firehall.

Also since we are just starting out, we would appreciate if anyone was able to donate any supplies to use in the garden. We need shovels, rakes, gloves, buckets, watering cans, things of that nature.

We hope you will come and grow with us!

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Here is part of our incredible team at Hartman Public School in Aurora! From weeding and watering to harvesting and recording, these volunteers do it all! 

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Seniors grow friendships and vegetables at Richmond Hill community garden

Richmond Hill Liberal

"Tomatoes, spinach, radishes and herbs flourish in the new community garden being tended by residents at a senior housing complex in Richmond Hill — but they are not the only crop being produced.

The gardeners here are also harvesting a crop of new friendships, good spirits and strong, flexible muscles and bones.

Launched this week, the Dunlop Community Garden is a new initiative of the York Region Healthy Aging Working Group, funded by Delmanor Elgin Mills, in partnership with the region’s public health, Housing York, Seeds for Change and York Region Food Network.”

To read the full article online, check out: http://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/4636210-seniors-grow-friendships-and-vegetables-at-richmond-hill-community-garden/

Photos by: Steve Somerville 

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Look how amazing our garden is growing! Once again, Hartman Public School in Aurora is doing an incredible job taking care of their fruit and vegetable plants. Our purple cauliflower is getting bigger, our broccoli is growing quickly and we have found our first green pepper.

We got an amazing donation from the York Region Food Network of peppers, tomatoes, eggplant and squash plants. We planted a few sweet peppers in te garden together today!

Thanks to all our incredible volunteers for maintaining the garden so beautifully. You’re doing a great job!

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Here are some more pictures from our ‘Gardening 101 for Kids’ workshop in Markham! The kids were so excited to learn about seeding and pollinators. It was a pleasure to teach such an enthusiastic group! Here they are making bird feeders out of pine cones, soy peanut butter, seeds and dried fruit. 

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Look how amazing our garden is growing! Hartman Public School in Aurora is doing an incredible job taking care of their fruit and vegetable plants.  We have some cauliflower beginning to come up and we have already harvested some leafy greens!

Here are a few of our volunteers checking into the garden!

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The City of Vaughan is hosting a “Sprout-A-Garden” photo contest all summer long! To enter, all you have to do is “Like” the Sprout-A-Garden Photo Contest Facebook page and upload a picture of your garden to be entered to win one of three $40 gift cards for gardening tools and supplies.
If you have any trouble entering the contest, please feel free to email your photo entries to environment@vaughan.ca
 Happy Gardening!

The City of Vaughan is hosting a “Sprout-A-Garden” photo contest all summer long! To enter, all you have to do is “Like” the Sprout-A-Garden Photo Contest Facebook page and upload a picture of your garden to be entered to win one of three $40 gift cards for gardening tools and supplies.

If you have any trouble entering the contest, please feel free to email your photo entries to environment@vaughan.ca

 Happy Gardening!

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Gardening is all about forming intergenerational relationships. Here are two of our incredible volunteers growing together at the Growing to Give Garden in Thornhill. It is such an amazing thing to see so much love and life in the garden!

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We’ve Been SNAP’ed!

"Starting a New Chapter

Regional Councillor Deb Schulte and other dignitaries from the City of Vaughan, the Principal, Teachers and students from Danilack Middle School, Associated Hebrew Schools of Toronto joined Seeds for Change representatives for a special dedication ceremony. The launch of the 2014 season garden also kicked off this year’s “Starting a New Chapter” theme. The school donated a Little Free Library to the community’s “Growing To Give” Garden – built and stocked by the generous students. The miniature outdoor libraries have two shelves filled with donated books and visitors to the garden are encouraged to “Take a book - Return a book”. The movement began in Wisconsin in 2009 and has spread to more than 3,000 libraries all over the world! This library will not only help promote literacy for volunteers of all ages and cultures, but will encourage people to use our gardens as a place of respite and conversation, whilst munching on delicious, nutritional vegetables and fruit!”

A huge thank you to SNAP News, Rob Lorusso for his amazing photos and the staff and students at Danilack Middle School! 

To see the original article from SNAP Newspaper, check out: http://www.snapvaughaneast.com/?option=com_sngevents&id%5B%5D=682592&utm_source=email&utm_medium=snapd

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We had an amazing time at the Gardening 101 For Kids Workshop! Spending the day planting seeds, making bird feeders and telling stories with 30 participants was great!

Thank you Milliken Mills Public Library for all your support!

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Lessons from a super school garden →

Imagine what your schoolyard could become, with smart planning and partnerships! Check out the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s tips for growing a successful school garden!

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