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Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop in Guelph

In partnership with Guelph Community Orchard Project and The Elora Environment Centre, Susan Poizner, an urban orchardist and the author of the award-winning fruit tree care book Growing Urban Orchards,  will guide us through fruit tree care.  You will learn the techniques for dormant tree pruning (versus summer pruning when the tree is actively growing).  Dormant pruning, done annually, helps you improve tree health, spur healthy growth and helps your tree develop a structure that will support a robust harvest.   YOU WILL LEARN >

TransformTO Webinar April 27

What is our vision for Toronto in the year 2050? How will we reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent? These questions and more were the focus of the TransformTO Community Conversations and events.Nearly 2000 Torontonians participated in TransformTO events and online survey to share their visions for Toronto in 2050.From the community feedback provided at the TransformTO events, community reports and other submissions, common ideas and themes were identified.The most mentioned ideas overall, across categories were: >

Orchard People radio show - fending off stink bugs

Here’s why you should care about the brown marmorated stink bug – it may be lurking in your attic right now, waiting to wreak havoc on the fruit trees in your yard or orchard. This insect pest has caused incredible damage to crops in various parts of North America and it’s quickly spreading around the continent. But the good news is that you can pay a role in stopping it. In this episode I’ll speak to entomologist Dr Tracy Leskey, Director of the Appalachian Fruit Research Station at Kearneysville, WV., whose research has focused on development of behaviorally-based management tools for invasive and native pests of fruit crops and she’ll be there to answer our questions on clamping down on brown marmorated stink bugs. >

Ryerson Urban Farm Volunteer Meet and Greet

Want to become a RUF volunteer? Join the crew by attending a Volunteer Meet & Greet! We’ll be holding Meet & Greets throughout the season, so there will be multiple opportunities to join. Attending a Meet & Greet gives you the opportunity to register for our volunteer programming, which includes: Maintenance Mondays | every Monday, 1-4pm, starting April 3 Supporting various tasks in our ground level gardens, which include a micro flower farm, rain and pollinator gardens, and edible container garden First Thursdays | every first Thursday of the month, 1-4pm, starting May 4 Supporting various tasks on the rooftop farm. Open Farm days | TBA Supporting various tasks related to our seasonal Open Farm days >

Ryerson Earth Day Fair

Ryerson Earth Day Fair The Earth Day Fair will take place from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Kerr Hall Quad outside of the RAC entrance. There will be fun, interactive booths hosted by many groups including Ryerson Urban Farm, MicrobeHub, Sustainability Matters and more! Activities will include: DIY seed bombs Campus nature walks Free drop-in bike tune ups Bee hotel assembly Pollinator education games Campus Nature Walks Hosted by Environment and Urban Sustainability student Sammy Tangir, these campus nature walks will guide participants around campus to learn more about the urban landscape. Did you know that edible berry bushes grow on campus? You can learn where... >

Gardeners' Cafe in Parkdale

As we begin to prepare for warmer weather, Greenest City would like to extend an invitation to community gardeners to come together to share coffee, questions and ideas at a Gardeners' Cafe! How do I plan for succession gardening? How do I make the most of a small balcony garden? What are some ideas for companion gardening? There is so much gardening knowledge and experience in this community, and we want to provide a space for members to connect and share advice so we can learn and grow together. Bring all of your questions and ideas! Snacks and coffee will be provided. Please contact Claire at... >