From tree to mug

The arrival of Toronto’s summertime highs brings back many of your favourite things: beach blanket picnics, ferry trips to the island, barbecues with friends, bike rides through forested valleys READ MORE

Report from the Sustainable Neighbourhoods Summit

I had the pleasure of attending the Sustainable Neigbourhoods Summit last week. Hosted at the Evergreen Brickworks by the Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation and Evergreen’s CityWorks project READ MORE

The amazing cargo bike office relocation brigade!

We’re setting up shop with a new office at 401 Richmond, sharing a beautiful space with several other food non-profits in the city. But how to move all of our materials across town? In true Not Far From The Tree style, we did it by cargo bike! Luckily, our new Community Engagement department was keen […] READ MORE

Let’s go back to high school…

Not Far From The Tree has been visiting high schools as of late. Marc and I spoke at three Earth Day assemblies (North Toronto Collegiate, Parkdale Collegiate, and Humberside) and I had the privilege of giving the keynote at the TDSB’s Youth Food Summit. I was amazed and inspired by what all of these high […] READ MORE

Robin Newman, Fruit Tourist

When Robin Newman completed her work as Event Coordinator last year and decided to take off traveling, she was warned: You may become a fruit tourist! It’s a dangerous thing to put on your fruit goggles; once you put them on in your own city, you are all the more likely to see the whole […] READ MORE

Laura receives Vital People Award

Not Far From The Tree’s Founder & Director Laura Reinsborough was presented with a Vital People Award at Vital Toronto 2011. Presented by the Toronto Community Foundation, the Vital People Awards were established “to support and recognize valued leaders who are making outstanding contributions working at not-for-profit organizations.” Laura has dedicated the funds from this […] READ MORE

The quest for edible forest garden knowledge continues

An artificial bee and wasp home helps promote pollinators in the garden. I signed up for an intensive, full-day workshop with landscape architect and specialist in environmental management, Brad Peterson, and his crew in Chatsworth, Ontario. Brad has been establishing his very own young forest garden, and I was there to witness its early stage […] READ MORE

A pick with Community Harvest Ontario

(Photo by Reena Newman.) Just outside the city an untouched orchard lay waiting to be plucked. Through a new program launched this July by the Ontario Association of Food Banks, called Community Harvest Ontario, volunteers from a food bank and myself helped fill a truckload of apples. Lieberman’s Chalet and Apple Farm in Eugenia, Ontario […] READ MORE

Foodprint Toronto is this Saturday

Not Far From The Tree is getting pretty excited about participating in the upcoming Foodprint conference this Saturday July 31st. Never heard of the Foodprint Project before…? “Foodprint Toronto is the second in a series of international conversations about food and the city. With the Toronto Board of Health having just formally adopted a new […] READ MORE