Thyme Again Gardens in Riverside

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Ever dream about walking out your door and picking farm fresh organic produce,  well now you can….well almost!   Meet Lorraine Schmid and Lori Aselstine, owners and operators of  Again Gardens, a certified organic farm in Prince Edward County.  Lorraine and Lori offer fresh produce to you through their Community Shared Agriculture program.

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 The concept of the CSA program reflects an innovative and resourceful strategy that connects local farmers with local consumers.   Consumers buy an annual membership in the CSA and the farmer provides members with a weekly supply of farm fresh produce. This arrangement provides the farmer with a guaranteed income and gives the consumer a share in the farm’s bounty.

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 Your farm to home box may include seasonally available organic produce such as onions and garlic, beans and greens, berries, heirloom tomatoes, peppers, squash, and much more. In addition to your weekly box, you may purchase eggs, cut flowers, homemade preserves, and cuts of beef, pork, lamb, and chicken.

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 Thyme Again Gardens’ CSA program runs from June 24th to October 14th.  As a member, your weekly box is available for pickup at Olive & Olives (779 Queen St East) on Tuesdays between 4pm and 7pm.

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 Join us on this blog as we follow Lorraine and Lori through their journey to provide you with the freshest, healthiest produce and items straight from the farm

For more information on the Thyme Again Gardens CSA go to: http://thymeagain.com/toronto-csa/

Or contact Lorraine and Lori directly at (613) 394-1139

www.thymeagain.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThymeAgain

 

Nell & Natasha Your Mother Daughter Team

Your Mother Daughter Real Estate Team

Your Mother Daughter Team

Nell & Natasha Real Estate Homeward Brokerage, have more than 25 years experience serving buyers and sellers of Toronto Real Estate. Living and working in the heart of Riverside Nell and Natasha are active contributors to the community. Because real estate is also about the communities in which we choose to live and work, they believe in giving back.

 

They host Annual neighbourhood events like a Spring BBQ and Halloween
Pumpkin Patch from their office at 807A Queen Street East (conveniently located
across from Jimmie Simpson Park). Proceeds from these events always go to
local charities. Natasha is also active in the Riverside Business Association as an
Executive Board Member of the Riverside BIA.

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Nell & Natasha

Get to meet this Dynamic duo this Saturday, June 7th at the Eats & Beats Street
Fest. In addition to the great band and free BBQ, make sure you don’t miss out on
other entertainments for your little ones, such as: face paintings, balloons, prizes
and many more!

Wild Plant Walk in Riverside with Danette Steele – the herbalist

Ever wonder if plants that you consider “weeds” and any use, or if there were plants in your own backyard that could heal you?  Well, take a walk on the wild side – hear stories and make new discoveries about the plants that grow throughout our city. Join Danette Steele – the herbalist + city farmer – for a walk through Riverside lane-ways, parks and gardens. Identify wild and cultivated plants that can be used for food and medicine.

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 Many everyday local plants have a lot of healing properties… and Danette, who also has her practice with Oma Chiropractic, loves to share plant wisdom with people to encourage safe and effective self-care using herbal medicine.

An insider’s surprise medicinal weed is…. the pervasive Dandelion. This plant is awesome – it is known as the plant of survival / survivors!! The root is a great tonic for the digestive system and the liver; the leaf is a mild bitter – also a liver tonic. The leaf is a diuretic and encourages elimination through the kidneys, and Dandelion is included in combination remedies for skin problems, for aching joints and gout.

Recipes will be shared! Learn about sustainable, safe and respectful practices for harvesting plants in the city …. And – be prepared to be surprised as you connect with the plants – and take some time to slow down and smell the Dandelions!

So who is Danette?

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Danette Steele – the herbalist + city farmer – has more than 20 years of experience as a herbal practitioner and community educator. Danette loves to share healing plant wisdom along with yummy recipes, garden design ideas and growing tips. Her teaching spaces are engaging, fun and practical. Danette is committed to facilitating joyous and rigorous learning experiences – through her workshops and consultations, wild weed walks, herbal classes, mindfulness meditations and cooperatively-designed eco urban gardens. For more information: www.danette-steele.com.

May 4 | 10 am and 1pm

RiversideTO Jane's Walk May Fourth!

RiversideTO Jane’s Walk May Fourth!

 There are over 150 Jane’s walks across Toronto. Come down to the Riverside to get a little bit of exercise and learn the history associated with where you live!

10 am Jane’s Walk – The River I step in is not the River I stand in

This walk will take us along Queen Street East over the Queen Street Bridge into the heart of Toronto’s east side. We will explore how some of the infrastructure and buildings have changed use over time, providing historical context of how the neighbourhood developed, its current state, and its future potential. Come explore the changing dynamics of Riverside!

 

 

1pm Jane’s Walk – Wild Plant Walk in Riverside with Danette Steele – the herbalist

Walk Leader: Danette Steele

Meeting Place: Meet up point: Queen & Saulter Library

The front entrance of the Queen & Saulter Library -765 Queen St. E

About This Walk
Take a walk on the wild side – hear stories and make new discoveries about the plants that grow throughout our city.
Join Danette Steele – the herbalist + city farmer – for a walk through Riverside lane-ways, parks and gardens. Identify wild and cultivated plants that can be used for food and medicine. Recipes will be shared! Learn about sustainable, safe and respectful practices for harvesting plants in the city …. And – be prepared to be surprised as you connect with the plants – and take some time to slow down and smell the Dandelions!

 

In Celebration of Earth Day – This Whole Week – Riverside Inspires Art, Community, and Spring Cleaning

The Artists’ Network Spring Pop up Show

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Spring is here and so is The Artists’ Network “Spring” Pop Up Exhibition at Quince Flowers (660 Queen St. E).  Artists take an innovative approach to gallery spaces, through this collective pop-up exhibit by partnering with local businesses to showcase both their work and the local retailer. After a long cold winter “Spring” celebrates new emergence and freshness with the artists capturing this theme in their work. Also the timing of this show ties in perfectly with Mother’s Day. What could be a better accompaniment to a beautiful bouquet, than an original piece of art?

Join the Artists’ Network and Quince for the show opening on Saturday April 27th, from 3pm-5pm light refreshments and warm tea will be served – the perfect post- community clean up activity.

Joel Weeks inspired “Windfall” Art Piece  

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One of Riverside’s public artists, Rebecca Houston’s piece “Windfall” in the Gladstone’s “Grow-Op” Exhibition (April 24 – 27, 2014), was inspired by youth from Joel Weeks Park in Riverside. Rebecca’s family has had a long history with Riverside. Her father used to be Chair of the Ralph Thornton Centre on Queen and Saulter, and in the late 1990’s was responsible for installing Riverside wayfinding markers. Rebecca is now revamping and transforming those very markers into public art.

Rebecca’s current exhibition is fitting with Earth day, and the Riverside’s sustainability focus.  Recent work in Rivertown, the community housing that surrounds Joel Weeks Park, influenced this artistic response to the complex relationship between humans and a changing urban environment. Local children looking for playthings, break the branches from saplings in a new park while old and dying trees across the city drop unwanted branches, wreaking havoc on our city infrastructure.  Windfall is an interactive sculptural plaything that reanimates Toronto’s recent bane, fallen tree branches into a kinetic prosthetic for a broken relationship between children, urban nature and outdoor play.

Riverside Community Clean up

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On April 26-27 Riverside residents and businesses come together to clean up their community.

There are 3 community groups cleaning 3 of Riverside neighbourhood parks -check out the date and location below:

Saturday April 26 -10am -12pm at 50 Mathilda – the South end of the Joel Weeks Park

The Riverside Green Initiative will clean up  Joel Weeks Park and the surrounding area on April 26 . There will be a table set up outside 50 Matilda with some drinks and snacks for volunteers as well as the supplies for the clean-up (bags and gloves).  There will be a  big group photo of our efforts.

Saturday April 26 10am -12pm at 25 Saulter St – Saulter St Parkette – Start at Ralph Thornton Center (761 Queen E) till the South end of the Joel Weeks Park. The gang at the Ralph Thornton Community Center will lead a clean up the empty lot across from the Ralph Thornton Center and the Saulter St Parkette, beginning at 10am at the RTC.

Sunday April 27th 9am at the Wardell/Degrassi entrance to the park beside 55 Degrassi Street. The Degrassi/Wardell/Cummings Triangle Residents Association will be cleaning Bruce Mackey Park from Dundas to Queen, as well as the south side of Queen Street.

Pop into Quince Flowers from 3-5pm to view the Artists’ Network Pop up show in Quince Flowers.