Summer/Fall 2014

Upcoming Events

December

-Dec 6 – Seedy Stocking Stuffer Workshop with Skilltree Toronto

Learn how to turn seeds into “radish” gifts for the upcoming holiday season! No matter what you celebrate, everyone appreciates a yummy gift. The gift workshop, on Dec 6, 1-3pm at 2241 Dundas Street West, 3rd Floor will be interplanted with seed saving information, so “bee” prepared with any questions you may have. See you there! Cost: $5. More info here.

November

-Nov 20 – Daily Bread Branch Launch

We’ll be teaming up with Canada’s largest food bank to provide seeds and seed saving information to Daily Bread’s clients. Our launch party will be Wed Nov 20, 1-2:30pm at 191 New Toronto St. This is a “grape” opportunity to spread seeds to everyone who needs them! The Daily Bread Branch will also be our first in Etobicoke. Make sure to “turnip” at the launch, the event is free and there will be light refreshments and seeds! This is a FREE event.

– Nov. 15th – Festival of Dangerous Ideas with VANDANA SHIVA – Daniels Spectrum Centre, Dundas East, Toronto . Starting at 1pm growing all day. More Details coming.

-Nov 8. Seed Saving, Sharing & Permaculture: Workshop and Discussion at Toronto Tool Library, Danforth

Learn how to save seeds and how Seed Libraries work with expert seed savers from the Toronto Seed Library and PermacultureGTA — hosted by the Toronto Tool Library’s Danforth Branch. On Saturday, Nov 8, 1-3pm, we’ll be discussing seed freedom, permaculture, & the sharing economy, basic seed saving, cleaning, and storage, plus advanced techniques like how to plan seed gardens, and how to deal with biennials & hard-to-save seeds. Bring your questions and expertise, and pick up some seeds! Suggested donation: $5.

-Nov. 4 Seed Saving Workshop at Port Credit Library

Learn how to save seeds and how Seed Libraries work with the Chief Librarian of the Toronto Seed Library, Brendan Behrmann. On Tuesday, Nov 4, from 6:30 to 8pm, we’ll be discussing seed freedom, basic seed saving, cleaning, and storage, plus advanced techniques like how to plan seed gardens, and how to deal with biennials & hard-to-save seeds. Bring your questions and expertise, and pick up some free seeds! Please Register, Port Credit Library: (905) 615-4835.

October

-Oct. 30 Pumpkin Family Seed Saving Workshop at Parliament Library
Tis the Jack-o-Lantern season — but don’t throw out those seeds! Thursday, Oct 30, 6:30-8pm, explore the world of seed saving in this hands-on workshop focused on Pumpkins and the Cucurbitaceae family. We’ll all be going through all the steps of the seed saving process for pumpkins, so expect for things to get slightly “squashy.” What better way to “pre-pear” for Halloween the day after?
-Oct. 16 Adapting Plants to the Canadian Climate at York Woods
As a part of York Woods Library’s annual LSP Day on Thursday, Oct 16, 10:30-1:30, the Toronto Seed Library will be tabling and will give a brief presentation on how to adapt crops to the climate in Canada. We will also give a brief introduction to the TSL and answer gardening and seed saving questions. LSP Day is a public event in library to promote the community services, programs and resources in Jane Finch area, also acknowledge the contributions of community agencies.

– Oct. 7th “TSL’s Intro to Seed Saving” @ The Stop – 1884 Davenport. 4-6pm

Bring your questions, experiences and seeds to share and pack in this hands on seed saving workshop. Learn about the growing seed freedom movement and how to integrate seed saving into your day-lily life! Tips for starting a seed garden, how to tell when your seeds are ready, cleaning, packing and storage best practices for urban growers and beginners.

– Oct. 6th “Seed Saving 101″ with Dig In Campus Agriculture, Hart House, North Dining Room, UofT. 6:00-7:30pm.

Seeds make the world grow round! In this hands-on workshop, learn the basics of how to save seeds from your garden or heirloom fruits, and connect with the urban seed sovereignty movement.

-Oct 5 HomeGrown National Park Crawl

Back for a second year, The HomeGrown National Park is celebrating the amazing green spaces along Toronto’s former Garrison Creek in the Homegrown Park Crawl. Each of the four parks — Christie Pits, Bickford, Fred Hamilton and Trinity Bellwoods — will have entertainment and eco-activities, with food and drink vendors at Christie Pits and Trinity Bellwoods. The event begins at 10am at Christie Pits Park, the Toronto Seed Library will be at Fred Hamilton Park at 1:30. For more details and tickets click here.

 

September

-Sept 30 Turn Out Toronto

We will also be at the Turn Out Toronto Civic Engagement Fair on Tuesday Sept. 30, 4-7pm at Fairview Library 35 Fairview Mall Dr. This is an opportunity for anyone to get involved in their neighbourhood and their city. Come and learn about the organizations and initiatives happening in Toronto (including the Toronto Seed Library!). When people are engaged and care about their community, Toronto becomes a better place to live, for all of us.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/554260458019498/

-Sept 27 YIMBY Festival

The Toronto Seed Library will be tabling at the seventh annual YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard) Festival at University of Toronto Schools (UTS) on Saturday, Sept. 27, 11am-4pm. This year’s YIMBY festival will welcome 50+ Toronto-based groups involved in community development, civic literacy, neighbourhood improvement, environmental action, culture and creativity, and collaborative consumption to fill the halls of UTS.
More info: http://www.yimbytoronto.org/

-Sept 23 Newmarket

Help celebrate the launch of the new seed library created by Newmarket Public Library and York Region Food Network on Tuesday, Sept. 23 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Newmarket Public Library. Jacob Kearey-Moreland of the Orillia and Toronto Seed Libraries will discuss the growing popularity of seed libraries, and how members maintain them by donating and exchanging seed packets.

-Sept 21 Non-GMO Corn Roast

Support local food choices and eat some tasty roasted corn! The Toronto Seed Library’s Chief Librarian, Brendan Behrmann, will be speaking at the Leslieville Farmer’s Market for the non-GMO Corn Roast. The event will be held from Sunday Sept. 21 9am-2pm at Jonathan Ashbridge Park 20 Woodward Avenue.
More info: http://leslievillemarket.com/

-Sept 4, 2-3pm – Barbara Frum Library, Room B, 3rd Floor, 20 Covington Road

Come learn about the Toronto Seed Library and get started with borrowing seeds for your very own garden!
This intergenerational (ages 5 – 115) event will feature:
– a seed saving workshop
– general gardening Q&A session
– hands-on seed planting and colouring for kids
Space is limited. Please register in person on the 2nd floor of Barbara Frum Library or by calling 416-395-5441

http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT174537&R=EVT174537

August

-August 12, 1-4pm – OCAD Branch Launch @ Learning Zone, Room 1110, 113 McCaul St.

[Event limited to OCAD students/staff]
Did you know OCAD University has a Seed Library? You can borrow seeds to grow vegetables, fruits and flowers, and the team behind the Toronto Seed Libraries will be here to explain the collection. See what you can grow and learn how to harvest seeds from your plants to help keep the collection growing.

-August 16, 2-4pm – York-Eglinton International Street Festival @ the front of Maria A. Shchuka Library (1745 Eglinton Ave W)

As a part of the Street Festival, we will have a booth giving away seeds and seed saving information. We will also be holding a planting workshop for kids. More info on the Festival: http://www.internationalstreetfest.com/

PAST EVENTS

MAY

– May 1st, 5:30pm – Seedy Zine Launch @ May Day, Allan Gardens.

Join us for another May Day of Action and celebrate spring. We will have seeds to share and unveiling the Spring Edition of The Seedy Zine!  Join event here – https://www.facebook.com/events/1420702668180663/

 

– May 3rd, 10am-2pm – Ward 28 Environment Day with Councillor Pam McConnell

This is an outdoors event, dress for the weather!. Do your part to create a cleaner, greener, and more livable Toronto. Bring or borrow seeds and pick up free compost! Where? David Crombie Park at The Esplanade & Lower Sherbourne + Special performance with the Lemon Bucket Orchestra! More details – http://pammcconnell.ca/2014/04/25/councillor-pam-mcconnell-environment-day/

 

– May 21st, 2-3pm – Webinar with the Ontario Library Association “How to Sprout a Seed Library”

On Wednesday May 21st, from 2-3pm, we are co-hosting a 1 hour webinar presentation with our seed library partners from the Orillia Public Library and the Ontario Library Association. In this webinar we will introduce the concept and history of the seed library, how to start one in your community, plus examples of sister seed libraries across Ontario, and the future of the seed library movement. We encourage you to invite your local library & libraries to participate in this event, or even host a screening in your community. More information and registration details here – https://www.accessola.org/PARTNERSHIP/Education_Institute/Events/FOPL/May%2021_Seed.aspx

– May 24th, 11am start @ Queen’s Park – March Against Monsanto + GMO Free Food Festival

The MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO is a global call to action aimed at informing the public and calling into question the long-term health and environmental effects of genetically modified foods. This year the focus is on BEES and their importance to you, me, and life at a more advanced stage than algae! So, get out there and march FOR Seed Freedom, bees, food sovereignty, organic agriculture and AGAINST corporate control of our food, GMOs, neonicotinoid pesticides! Join event here https://www.facebook.com/events/422692497830818/

-May 31st, Seed Library Intro, Saving Workshop & Exchange at Toronto Public Library
Where? Agincourt Branch of TPL (155 Bonis Ave)
When? May 31 from 10-11:30am
What? An information session, Seed Saving Workshop, and a chance to get ‘check-out’ seeds from the Toronto Seed Library. There will also be a chance for kids to plant seeds of their own!
Note: Everyone is welcome but space is limited! Please register by calling 416-396-8950.

April

-April 5 Seed Saving Workshop and Exchange at Toronto Public Library
Where? Parliament Branch of TPL (269 Gerrard St. East)
When? April 5 From 11:30-1pm
What? Our first event with Toronto Public Library! Featuring a Seed Saving Workshop, a Free Seed Exchange, and our Traveling Branch.

-April 12 Seed Starting, Growing & Saving for Beginners at Toronto Public Library
Where? Annette Branch of TPL (145 Annette St)
When? April 12 From 11-2pm
What? A free workshop, garden fair and spring seed exchange. Bring your seeds to share or borrow some from the Toronto Seed Library.

– April 21 Food Security Participatory Forum
Where? United Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto
When? April 21 from 11am-5:30pm
What? A combination of workshops, video presentations, table displays, formal and informal information sharing, and action planning. In SOILidarity with the Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network, as part of their annual Solidarity Month.

March

-March 4 iSchool Inforum Branch Launch
Where? The iSchool Inforum, 4th floor of the Bissell Building (140 St. George Street, M5S 3G6)
When? Tuesday March 4, 3:30–5:30pm
What? Launching a new branch!

-March 16 Seed Saving Workshop
Where? Permaculture GTA, 160 Bartley Drive
When? Sunday, March 16, 1pm
What? A workshop to learn the “How & Why” of Seed Saving
Note – This event has a suggested $15 donation or Pay-What-You-Can to support our allies and partners

-March 20 Dig In!’s 4th Annual Spring ShinDIG!
Where?
Hart House at UofT
When? Thursday, March 20  From 12-3pm
What? An annual discussion, networking, and social event for the gardening community, featuring a screening of “Growing Cities” – a film about urban farming in America
Hosted by Dig In!

Saturday March 29th
“Earth Democracy” — Vandana Shiva Livestream Teach-In & Volunteer Orientation

Where? Rm 2214, OISE (252 Bloor St. W.)
When? Saturday, March 29: Volunteer Orientation @6:30, Teach-In @8:30
What? Volunteer Orientation: Organize TSL volunteers . Teach-In: a live, free, public lecture on Earth Democracy by renowned environmental activist Dr. Vandana Shiva.

February

-Feb 3 The New College Seed Drive
Who?
Community members, students, seedy organizations
When? Feb 3 12:30pm-2pm
Where? New College’s Wilson Lounge, Room 2007 (40 Willcocks St, Toronto, ON M5S 1C6)
What? We will be collecting, sorting and organizing seeds for donation. Information on all of the seeds will be recorded at this time as well. Once all of the seeds are ready, they will be brought over to the New College Seed Library, in the DG Ivey Library.
Why? To help start up a new seed library!

-Feb 8 Seeding of Eden“Cultivating the Toronto Seed Library & Growing the Movement for Seed Freedom”
Who? You, me, we, everyone in between, all beings grown from seed.
When? Saturday, February 8th, 2014, 2-10pm.
Where? 160 Bartley Dr., “Permaculture GTA” – An evolving Village & Collaborative Live/Work/Play Warehouse Space – North of Victoria Park Station (*it’s not as far as you think*, come in pears)
What? A full day of free, fun, practical, intellectual capacity building workshops, seed library branch building and diverse seedy activities, multimedia production, edible & musical potluck and dance party.
Why? Interested in growing and saving seeds? Concerned with the eradication of biological and cultural diversity and the threat of GMO’s? Want to start or support a community seed library and to sow a seedy revolution?

Fall 2013

November

~ November 7th, 4-11pm, Toronto Tool Library, Kitchen Library & Seed Library Grand Opening @ East Side Toronto Tool Library
Where? 1803 Danforth Ave. (East of Coxwell Station)
Register here for this free event : makerspacegrandopening.eventbrite.ca

~ November 8th, 3-6pm, TUG “Toronto Urban Growers” Meeting
Where? Room #1, Access on the Danforth, 3079 Danforth Avenue, short walk from Victoria Park Station in a yellow building just next to the gas station on the south-east corner of Victoria park /Danforth. On the Agenda includes discussion on next steps for the TUG community in relation to the new Toronto Agriculture Program recently endorsed by the Parks & Environment Committees, as well as a rooftop garden tour, urban agriculture survey results and much more.

October

~ Global Fortnight of Action for Seed Freedom 2013, October 2nd-16th ~

**October 5th, 1230-230pm ~ Seed-In @ The Farm in Markham, Ontario

October 12th, 2pm ~ March Against Monsanto Toronto
https://www.facebook.com/events/556507851059248/?fref=ts

October 23rd, 9:30am ~ Deputation @ Parks & Environment Committee, Toronto City Hall, Committee Room 1, in support of the GrowTO: Urban Agriculture Action Plan and the inclusion of the Toronto Seed Library in the new “Toronto Agriculture Program”

October 24th, Symposium on Healthier Cities & Communities, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Location: Li Ka Shing Building, 209 Victoria St. (Entrance on Shuter St.) ~ TSL Presentation @ 1:30-2:25pm, LKSKI Room 211

October 25th-27th ~ Beyond Green Youth Eco Summit ~ Toronto Seed Library workshop

October 26th ~ Toronto Seed Library “St. Stephens Branch” Open House ~ 3-6pm, 103 Bellevue Ave, Kensington Market

September

September 4th, 11:30-6pm, Toronto Seed Library @ OCADU Orientation, Butterfield Park

**September 4th, 6:30-8:30pm, Seed Saving Workshop @ Toronto Tool Library, 1499 Queen Street West ~ https://www.facebook.com/events/199689900191907/

September 14th, Bain Co-op Centennial Celebration , 10am-11pm

September 19th, 4-7pm, Toronto Seed Library @ Lawrence Heights Harvest Festival , 10 Old Meadow Lane (North York) http://www.northyorkharvest.com/2013-harvest-festival