Toronto Urban Growers (TUG) is pleased to announce that the City of Toronto will declare the first official Urban Agriculture Day on September 15, 2017.
The official proclamation day will be surrounded by nine days of events celebrating urban-grown food and the people who grow it. From September 9-17, urban growers from community gardeners to farm businesses will be hosting events across the city to mark the day.
For more info: https://uadayto.wordpress.com/
2017 StreetARToronto Community Garden Murals Pilot Project
In honour of the City of Toronto’s declaration of the first official Urban Agriculture Day on September 15, 2017, the Transportation Services Division’s StreetARToronto program invites community garden groups to submit a Proposal to install a street or graffiti art mural on a shed, storage container, wall or other piece of infrastructure within the community garden area.
This project is being implemented by StreetARToronto (StART), part of the Public Realm Section of the City of Toronto’s Transportation Services Division in coordination with Toronto Urban Growers (TUG).
See the call for proposals here – deadline 12:00 Friday, August 25, 2017
While Dagmar passed away in April 2010, her friends celebrated her life and contributions to the community garden movement recently with the installation of a memorial plaque in the Bain Co-op courtyard. Some people you don’t forget!
Photo by Don Richardson
Dagmar had been a member of the Toronto Community Garden Network (TCGN) for many years, but her love of gardening and nature went way back before the beginning of the TCGN.
Across the City of Toronto she had been involved in caring for endangered native plant species and received an award from the North American Native Plants Society in 2007.
Please read her poem that she wrote about High Park:
High Park is a sacred Place
There is an old Celtic saying
that heaven and earth are only three feet apart,
but in “thin places” that distance is even smaller;
the centuries drop away
and raise the veil separating us from ancient splendour.
A thin place requires us to step from one world to another.
It is no wonder
that thin places are most often associated with wild landscapes.
High Park has many thin places where there is beauty below us,
beauty above us and beauty all around.
We sense the sacred
in a blue heron taking flight from Grenadier pond;
we find it in the fragrance of the Sweet Fern
and the Sassafrass Grove below West Road;
it’s in the knowledge
of a million year old glacial river coursing beneath us
or in the fragile beauty of a Blue Hare-bell
and Upright White Morning Glory at the feet of ancient Oaks
that lift our eyes to the sky.
Being in High Park is a way of coming home to ourselves.
September 29, 2009
A tribute page has been set up at dagi.muchloved.com. You are welcome to leave messages, poems, stories and photos to share.