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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Inviting all SFC volunteers and local garden organizations! Free composting in Community Gardens workshop November 7th.

Inviting all SFC volunteers and local garden organizations! Free composting in Community Gardens workshop November 7th.

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On Thursday October 16th, the National Initiative for Eating Disorders is hosting a free talk on Male Body Image and Body Dissatisfaction. All are welcome! It is a free evernt and there is no registration required.Special guest speaker: Jay Walker— Eating Disorder Survivor & Certified Personal Trainer.Please share this flyer as it could really help someone struggling with an eating disorder! At every symposium, someone new comes because they saw a NIED flyer posted at their local coffee shop, school or gym.

On Thursday October 16th, the National Initiative for Eating Disorders is hosting a free talk on Male Body Image and Body Dissatisfaction. All are welcome! It is a free evernt and there is no registration required.

Special guest speaker: Jay Walker
— Eating Disorder Survivor & Certified Personal Trainer.

Please share this flyer as it could really help someone struggling with an eating disorder! At every symposium, someone new comes because they saw a NIED flyer posted at their local coffee shop, school or gym.

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Community Growing to Give Day
On August 24th from 10:00am to 2:00pm, members of our Vaughan, Markham and Richmond Hill communities all came out to harvest, wash and donated fresh fruits and vegetables to those community members in need and the Richmond Hill Food Bank. We acknowledged our remarkable volunteers, introduced a new partnership with Goodwill and celebrated this season’s successes!
Dignitaries from Vaughan, Richmond Hill and Markham are seen in these pictures taking on a “friendly” competition engaging constituents to participate in the Seeds For Change’s 2015 Campaign; an initiative to promote healthy living and good food education by growing 2,015 new food garden plots by the year 2015.

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Rhythm & Harvest Farm Retreat!
On September 28th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, join Rhythmic by Nature and The Cutting Veg for a day of drumming, farming, nourishment and play!

To register or for more information, contact Terri at (416) 662-6488 or terri@rhythmicbynature.com 

Rhythm & Harvest Farm Retreat!

On September 28th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, join Rhythmic by Nature and The Cutting Veg for a day of drumming, farming, nourishment and play!

To register or for more information, contact Terri at (416) 662-6488 or terri@rhythmicbynature.com 

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It’s time to go back to nature… 
For a little piece of tranquility within the city, come and join us in one of our community gardens. Or, go a step further and create your own at home through our 2015 new gardens campaign!
www.seedsforchangegardens.org

It’s time to go back to nature… 

For a little piece of tranquility within the city, come and join us in one of our community gardens. Or, go a step further and create your own at home through our 2015 new gardens campaign!

www.seedsforchangegardens.org

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It’s time for the 9th Annual Garlic Harvest at the Cutting Veg, and they’ve got 25,000+ bulbs of Persian, Korean, Italian, Russian, Israeli and 14 other varieties to harvest and hang in the barn to cure!  Please join us for the garlic harvest on Sunday, August 3rd, and/or Monday, Aug 4th (Civic Holiday) from 7:30am-4pm.  Two of the most fun days of the year on the farm!  If you are interested in helping with the garlic harvest, please rsvp to daniel@thecuttingveg.com and let him know which day you want to come, and if you need directions to the farm, or a lift.  Looking forward to harvesting garlic with you very soon!P.S. If you would like to place a garlic order, and haven’t done so yet, please do so athttp://bit.ly/12wbLh

It’s time for the 9th Annual Garlic Harvest at the Cutting Veg, and they’ve got 25,000+ bulbs of Persian, Korean, Italian, Russian, Israeli and 14 other varieties to harvest and hang in the barn to cure!  Please join us for the garlic harvest on Sunday, August 3rd, and/or Monday, Aug 4th (Civic Holiday) from 7:30am-4pm.  Two of the most fun days of the year on the farm!  If you are interested in helping with the garlic harvest, please rsvp to daniel@thecuttingveg.com and let him know which day you want to come, and if you need directions to the farm, or a lift.  Looking forward to harvesting garlic with you very soon!

P.S. If you would like to place a garlic order, and haven’t done so yet, please do so athttp://bit.ly/12wbLh

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Here are some the members of our volunteer team at the Growing to Give Garden! We have already had an amazing harvest and thanks to our hard working volunteers and our generous donors, there will be much more to come! Thank you!

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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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