Community solidarity and people power also delivered a powerful and transformative educational community event this May as well. The PACT Grow to Learn team was invited to participate in the Rexdale Food Access Committee's celebration of food, culture, and community at the 3rd Annual FOODIE FESTIVAL on May 29th. Hosted by Rexdale Community Health Centre and the Albion Library, the event brought together local restaurants, food access initiatives, urban gardens, and the community to participate in gardening workshops, sample delicious food, experience live cooking demos, and enjoy live entertainment by local performers. Big up all the TCI student volunteers who designed and prepared the Grow to Learn activity booth, big up our OISE student intern, TCI student volunteers, and friends of the Grow to Learn who helped animate the table at the big event, and big up the hundreds of visitors who stopped by to learn about PACT Grow to Learn and participate in our "GROW ORGANIC, MAKE COMPOST" challenge. Congratulations to all the challenge winners who were able to correctly identify materials that support a healthy compost heap and materials inappropriate for backyard composting! Challenge winners took home some fine compost prepared at the Thistletown Schoolyard Garden, along with instructions for home brewing and applying compost tea to support healthy garden plants.
FOR INFORMATION ABOUT GETTING INVOLVED IN THE THISTLETOWN SCHOOLYARD GARDEN, CONTACT BEN AT TCIGARDEN@GMAIL.COM