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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From energy conservation to increased biodiversity and wildlife, there are so many reasons why more people are using green roofs! 

From energy conservation to increased biodiversity and wildlife, there are a million reasons why people are joining the green roofs movement! To get started with your own green roof check out Green Roofs for Healthier Cities at : http://www.greenroofs.org/

To find out more about the advantages to green roofs check out another great link: 

http://www.designweneed.com/enviromental-advantages-of-green-rooftops/

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Would you believe that these incredible homes are made up of used plastic water bottles and wine bottles? 

Check out these incredible projects at: 

http://www.inspirationgreen.com/plastic-bottle-homes.html

And learn how to make your own water bottle greenhouse at: 

http://www.reapscotland.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Plastic_Bottle_Greenhouse_Instructions_2004.pdf

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Second Life For Old Phone Booths

French lighting designer Benoit Deseille and artist Benedetto Bufalino revamped the boxes into aquariums for their installation for the Festival Of Lights in Lyon! What an incredible way to reduce, reuse and recycle! 

To learn more about their project visit: 

http://www.designweneed.com/second-life-for-old-phone-booths/

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Do you have extra dirt from digging in ground beds? Here is an incredible idea! Make your own grass sofa for your backyard! 

You could definitely grow flowers/vegetables out of it or around it too. Brilliant idea!

To learn more check out:

http://www.designweneed.com/how-to-make-your-own-grass-sofa/

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How will you break new ground this year? Urban and community gardens are one of the best ways to become healthier and make our world more sustainable!
Join us as we strive to plant 2015 new home, school and community gardens by the year 2015! We have online master gardeners to help you with any questions or concerns about your garden as well as great tips and tricks for the upcoming season!

To plant Seeds For Change this year through our 2015 campaign visit:
www.seedsforchangegardens.org

How will you break new ground this year? Urban and community gardens are one of the best ways to become healthier and make our world more sustainable!

Join us as we strive to plant 2015 new home, school and community gardens by the year 2015! We have online master gardeners to help you with any questions or concerns about your garden as well as great tips and tricks for the upcoming season!

To plant Seeds For Change this year through our 2015 campaign visit:

www.seedsforchangegardens.org

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It is imperative that we do everything in our power to save our earth. For it is only through saving our earth that we can save ourselves

It is imperative that we do everything in our power to save our earth. For it is only through saving our earth that we can save ourselves

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Natural Egg Dyes
How to make natural egg dyes: 

Wash hard-cooked (boiled) eggs in warm soapy water to remove any oily residue that may impede the color from adhering to the eggs. Let eggs cool before attempting to dye.


You need to use your own judgment about exactly how much of each dye stuff to use. Except for spices, place a handful (or two or three handfuls) of a dyestuff in a saucepan.


Add tap water to come at least one inch above the dye stuff. NOTE: This will be about 1 cup of water for each handful of dyestuff.


Bring the water just to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low. Let simmer about 15 minutes or up to an hour until you like the color obtained. Keep in mind that dyed eggs will not get as dark as the color in the pan. Remove the pan from the heat.


Pour mixture into a liquid measuring cup. Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of white vinegar for each cup of strained dye liquid. Pour the mixture into a bowl or jar that is deep enough to completely cover the eggs you want to dye.


Use a slotted spoon to lower the eggs into the hot liquid. Leave the eggs in the water until you like the color.NOTE: Allow the egg to sit in the tea for several hours or overnight. The longer the egg soaks, the deeper the final color will be. If you plan to eat the eggs be sure to do this step in the refrigerator.


When eggs are dyed to the color you desire, lift the eggs out with the slotted spoon. Let them dry on a rack or drainer. NOTE: An egg carton works nicely as a drying rack. Be careful to handle the eggs gently and minimally as some of the colors can easily be rubbed off before the egg has dried.


For a textured look, dab the still wet egg with a sponge.


Eggs colored with natural dyes have a dull finish and are not glossy. After they are dry, you can rub the eggs with cooking oil or mineral oil to give them a soft sheen.

 Color - Items To Dye With
Brown Gold: Dill Seeds, Brown Orange, Chili PowderGold:  Turmeric,Green: Spinach Leaves (boiled), Liquid ChlorophyllGreenish Yellow: Yellow Delicious Apple Peels (boiled) Grey: Purple or red grape juice or beet juice Lavender:  Small Quantity of Purple Grape Juice, Violet Blossoms plus 2 tsp Lemon Juice, Red Zinger Tea Orange: Yellow Onion Skins (boiled), Carrots, Paprika Pink: Beets, Cranberries or Juice, Raspberries, Red Grape Juice, Juice from Pickled Beets Red: Pomegranate juice, Canned Cherries (with syrup), Raspberries, Cranberries, Lots of Red Onions Skins (boiled)Violet or Purple: Violet Blossoms, Hibiscus tea, Small Quantity of Red Onions Skins (boiled), Red Wine Yellow: Orange or Lemon Peels (boiled), Carrot Tops (boiled), Chamomile Tea, Celery Seed (boiled), Green tea, Ground Cumin (boiled), Ground Turmeric (boiled) or Saffron
 Source: Better Gnomes & Cauldrons and whatscookingamerica
 

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Natural Egg Dyes

How to make natural egg dyes:

  • Wash hard-cooked (boiled) eggs in warm soapy water to remove any oily residue that may impede the color from adhering to the eggs. Let eggs cool before attempting to dye.

  • You need to use your own judgment about exactly how much of each dye stuff to use. Except for spices, place a handful (or two or three handfuls) of a dyestuff in a saucepan.

  • Add tap water to come at least one inch above the dye stuff. NOTE: This will be about 1 cup of water for each handful of dyestuff.

  • Bring the water just to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low. Let simmer about 15 minutes or up to an hour until you like the color obtained. Keep in mind that dyed eggs will not get as dark as the color in the pan. Remove the pan from the heat.

  • Pour mixture into a liquid measuring cup. Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of white vinegar for each cup of strained dye liquid. Pour the mixture into a bowl or jar that is deep enough to completely cover the eggs you want to dye.

  • Use a slotted spoon to lower the eggs into the hot liquid. Leave the eggs in the water until you like the color.NOTE: Allow the egg to sit in the tea for several hours or overnight. The longer the egg soaks, the deeper the final color will be. If you plan to eat the eggs be sure to do this step in the refrigerator.

  • When eggs are dyed to the color you desire, lift the eggs out with the slotted spoon. Let them dry on a rack or drainer. NOTE: An egg carton works nicely as a drying rack. Be careful to handle the eggs gently and minimally as some of the colors can easily be rubbed off before the egg has dried.

  • For a textured look, dab the still wet egg with a sponge.

  • Eggs colored with natural dyes have a dull finish and are not glossy. After they are dry, you can rub the eggs with cooking oil or mineral oil to give them a soft sheen.


Color - Items To Dye With

Brown Gold: Dill Seeds, Brown Orange, Chili Powder

Gold:  Turmeric,

Green: Spinach Leaves (boiled), Liquid Chlorophyll

Greenish Yellow: Yellow Delicious Apple Peels (boiled)
 
Grey: Purple or red grape juice or beet juice
 
Lavender:  Small Quantity of Purple Grape Juice, Violet Blossoms plus 2 tsp Lemon Juice, Red Zinger Tea
 
Orange: Yellow Onion Skins (boiled), Carrots, Paprika
 
Pink: Beets, Cranberries or Juice, Raspberries, Red Grape Juice, Juice from Pickled Beets
 
Red: Pomegranate juice, Canned Cherries (with syrup), Raspberries, Cranberries, Lots of Red Onions Skins (boiled)

Violet or Purple: Violet Blossoms, Hibiscus tea, Small Quantity of Red Onions Skins (boiled), Red Wine
 
Yellow: Orange or Lemon Peels (boiled), Carrot Tops (boiled), Chamomile Tea, Celery Seed (boiled), Green tea, Ground Cumin (boiled), Ground Turmeric (boiled) or Saffron

 Source: Better Gnomes & Cauldrons and whatscookingamerica

 

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