Oriole Peanut Community Garden
Accessibility: We are fully assessable to people using Wheelchairs, Walkers, and Canes.
About our Garden: Our organic community garden is operated in partnership between Working Women Community Centre and the Advent Lutheran Church. 100 families tend their own garden plots, growing many cultural herbs, vegetables, flowers, and herbal healing plants. The families here come from all over the world; our languages include Farsi, Urdu, Arabic, Romanian, Mandarin, and Cantonese. We also have a children’s garden, a youth garden and a communal garden plot for people on our waiting list.
Our garden was started in 2005 in partnership with the Advent Lutheran Church, Working Women Community Centre, FoodShare/African Food Basket, Oriole Community Services Association, North York Harvest and gardeners in the neighbourhood. Funding for the community garden comes from the City of Toronto Food Security Investment Program and United Way.
Programs: We host lots of free programs in our garden, with a focus on newcomers and immigrants living nearby. All are welcome anytime, so please come join us! All programs (except for arts classes) are cancelled when it’s raining.
- Thursday evenings – 4 -6: Youth Leadership training starting May 17 up to June 28th All youth are invited to come help out in the garden, learn about food security, earn volunteer hours, and have fun.
- Friday evenings – 6-7:30: Arts in the Garden with Nasrin. Kids are welcome to come to informal community arts classes. All materials are supplied.
- Monday, Thursday and Friday evenings – 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Volunteer in the Garden. Help out in the communal garden plots, and enjoy our community garden.
- Monthly community Potlucks: last Friday of the month
- Ongoing workshops: please tune into our blog to find out about upcoming events:www.oriolepeanutgarden.wordpress.com
Our garden has a long waiting list, but if you live in an apartment building nearby we are happy to add you to the list. You can stop by the garden on a Monday, Thursday, or Friday afternoon from 3:00 to 6:00 or email Diana Grimaldos, the garden coordinator. We also accept both youth and adult volunteers.
If you are a newcomer to Canada and have just moved to the Fairview area, this website may help you to learn about how things work in the area, to learn about local services and facilities, and to connect to programs, workshops or fun activities here. fairviewwelcomes.ca