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The Oriole Community Garden is an interactive and  welcoming space which caters to over

100 families in the PeanImageut area, most of which are newcomers to Canada.

Families are given the opportunity to grow their own herbs and vegetables, make friends and interact with neighbours, also engage in community activities such as the monthly potlucks, children art and gardening workshops, and the stewardship project for youth and seniors.

Please join us in celebrating a very successful and exciting year yet again, a time to share your fresh organic harvest and gardening stories.

Oriole Community Garden Harvest Festival

Please join us in celebrating a very successful and exciting year yet again, a time to share your fresh organic harvest and gardening stories.

Toronto Green Community is offering their “Great Garden Adventure” program for the Garden’s children. It is happening every Tuesday from July 17, 2012 to August 14, 2012. “This program uses fun games, crafts and activities to teach children about garden ecosystems, composting and growing food.”

For more information about this organization and its other activities, visit the website: http://www.torontogreen.ca under “Programs”.

Our gardens, especially the youth lots, are lush with vegetables everywhere! Plenty of eggplant, squash, gooseberries, raspberries, tomatoes, chilli and okra.

Okra is a mysterious vegetable, furry and harmless on the outside, but gives its eater the taste of goo when cooked with the slimy interior. In addition, there are many okra-based dishes to satisfy your taste buds, even for the pickiest eaters. Despite its slimy texture, okra is a popular healthy food thanks to its high fiber, vitamin C and folate contents. It is high in antioxidants and fat- and cholesterol-free.

We harvested a lot of okra from the youth gardens and promoted ethnic cooking.  A delicious dish was prepared and brought to be shared between the youth volunteers and the gardeners in a flash!

Nothing stopped our gardeners from keeping up with their tradition of making our community potluck a special occasion. We all were sad of losing one of the gardeners who passed away recently, but the gathering of last month was full of energy, ethnic foods and dishes made with locally grown produce in Oriole Garden. The weather was so lovely adding the best factor to the open-aired event.

Kids had so much fun with the face painted and the henna on their skin.

We skipped July’s potluck due to Ramadan; Our next date for a new gathering will be August, 24th. See you there:)

Bon Appétit!

Our children have started to pick up the juicy strawberries and enjoy the taste. Grown-ups are following knowing that eating this lovely, antioxidant fruit when in season can help boost our immunity, protect our eyes, fight cancer among many more benefits you won’t regret prioritizing strawberries in your diet.

The Youth Program was too busy creating a beautiful mural in our Oriole garden and about it. Around 10 participants had worked their fingers and feelings to express in colours and paint their love for Mother Nature.

 

Our garden is basking in the sun neat and earthy after our first massive cleanup. Thanks to our gardeners’ effort and dedication: Bobby, Kamal, Keyvan, Jafari, Salah, Hayat, Salwa, Shokria and all the young people who worked hard to make it happen.

Thank you!

Sarah Resnick was our garden coordinator for two harvest seasons. She made sure everybody was happy, engaged and satisfied with growing plants and herbs. She managed Oriole garden with over 100 families and worked with every person to ensure their functionality. Among other smaller tasks, she was in charge of talking to the church that owns the garden property. Before she left to the USA, she launched with the team a youth program where 25 people have started to learn gardening and leadership by meeting 3 to 4 days a week.

“I really love being there. People are extremely warm and welcoming. I’ve learned from them because they have the expertise”. She added “It’s a special place in Toronto. People come from Iran, China, Lebanon, Afghanistan, etc… they bring seeds from their countries and grow food and share with others. It’s an alive and special place”.

She wishes our garden a good harvest season and suggests we keep up doing lots of workshops to give a chance for new participants to work in the garden. Sarah thinks we need to introduce some fruit trees.

Before leaving Toronto, she invited everybody to visit our garden between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. See you there:)

 

Our First Potluck!

Last week, our garden was in full colours celebrating our first Community potluck. Around 25 families, from virtually every age, gathered in one place to savor and enjoy special homemade plates and delicacies! It was a great opportunity for all of us to appreciate our garden’s locally grown produce and the intimate circle that joins us. We didn’t forget to say good-bye to our former garden coordinator, Sarah Resnick, who’s getting ready to leave the country for the USA. Good luck Sarah!

the potluck (May 2012)For those who missed the event, we hope to see you at our next potluck in June, 29th:)