Winter/Spring 2014

Upcoming Events

September

-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