Evergreen Brick Works - What's On - August 2009
2009 Program Sponsors: TD Friends of the Environment Foundation - Burt's Bees - Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation - Minto - CIBC - Ontario Arts Council - Toronto Arts Council. Media Partner: Today's Parent Toronto. Volunteer Program Sponsor: Investors Group.

Tell the Story of the Brick Works

What's your connection to the Don Valley Brick Works? We are seeking stories from individuals who have a link to this inspiring site through work or play. Help contribute to a growing historical archive and support an exciting documentary film. Tell us your stories... we'll bring the site's fascinating history to life.

Join Toronto's Most Innovative Green Community

Unique Office Space Available at Evergreen Brick Works.

Evergreen is excited to announce a unique office space opportunity for social and environmental organizations eager to be part of an innovative green community in spring 2010: The Centre for Urban Sustainability at Evergreen Brick Works.

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Support Sustainable Cities

Evergreen is a charitable organization. Your support helps us bring communities and nature together in cities across Canada. Please support our mission and help us transform the Brick Works into an environmentally-based community centre by donating on site at our Saturday Farmers' Market—your loonies and toonies help! Or make a secure online donation today.

Vote for Evergreen Brick Works

An international judging panel recently selected Evergreen Brick Works as one of 10 finalists from 600+ international entrants in the Ashoka Changemakers Geotourism Challenge 2009. The three winners will be determined through an international vote online that ends August 12!

To register, click here, then check your e-mail for a temporary password and login to vote!

Ashoka: Innovators for the Public is a global organization that recognizes social entrepreneurs who are delivering innovative solutions to social problems in their communities. In 2005 Evergreen's Executive Director, Geoff Cape, was named an international Ashoka Senior Fellow for his unique approach to the relationship between people and nature in cities.

Picnic at the Brick Works

Sunday, October 4
Early bird discount ends August 15!

This year's event will reflect the theme of "locally global"—celebrating cultures from around the world rooted in Ontario. Check out our mouth-watering list of vendors. Delight in local food with Slow Food Toronto and Evergreen and get your tickets while they're hot!

New: Chefs' Market Open to the Public

Now in its second year, the Chefs' Market is a unique local wholesale market connecting farmers to chefs, caterers and grocers who buy in bulk. And now, after 10am, the market will be open to the public. Members of our construction crew have grown accustomed to stopping by for their fresh coffee, and Evergreen staff have purchased berries in bulk for their jam-making sessions. Find out what's fresh each week at the Chefs' Market Web page.

The Crane is Up!

A tower crane is up on site to help with the creation of the Centre for Urban Sustainability.

Check out pictures and more news of our progress on our Construction Journal.

Making a Bread Oven

The site's Quebecois-style community bread oven, which made treats like pizza and bread at last summer's weekly Farmers' Market and even warmed toes at December's frosty groundbreaking ceremony, is getting an extra layer of insulation and a makeover to boot this summer thanks to artists from Sketch, a youth arts agency for homeless and street-involved youth. Nine artists are learning, working and creating with Morgan Zigler and Shannon Crossman, local artists-in-residence at Evergreen Brick Works.

This year's phase of the project builds on work the group did last summer to build the oven using traditional techniques. The chimney is made of stacked scavenged cans from the Farmers' Market. The oven was originally built from refractory cement, but this year a 4-inch insulating layer of straw and clay slip was added, then a decorative cob layer on top of that. Future plans include a mobile cart to house the oven and allow it to be moved around the site.

Bus. Bike. Walk.

This summer we have very limited parking due to construction. Take our shuttle bus or the TTC and leave your cars and cares behind. Click here for schedules, directions and maps.

Upcoming Events


Each week our new children's garden in Mud Creek Court is bubbling with face painting, eco-crafts, music and new life growing in the garden, while the Farmers' Market is full of fresh local produce from all your favourite vendors. Hope to see you there!

Eco-Art Works

Work alongside Artists-in-Residence Shannon and Morgan to create Eco-Art Works at Evergreen Brick Works.

Saturday, August 15  10am–1pm
Little Life Boats

Saturday, August 22  10am–1pm
Life Boat ("Please put me back in the water")

Saturday, September 19  10am–1pm
Miniature Bricks: Food vs. Shelter

Saturday, September 26  10am–1pm
Edible Clay Sculptures

Weekly Garden Stewardship

Wednesdays through September 2  6:30–8pm
Saturdays from September 12–October 31  11am–1pm

Due to its popularity, the Garden Stewardship group is going weekly!

Join the Evergreen Brick Works Stewardship Team as we care for some of the large native plant garden beds on site. We'll be weeding, watering, mulching, transplanting and having fun at this beautiful and inspiring site.

We welcome new volunteers and ask that they commit to as many of the remaining sessions as they can. To RSVP and for more information, please contact claire@evergreen.ca.

Chefs' Tour Workshop: Peachy Keen

Saturday, August 15  10am–noon

Join Evergreen and Chef Emerie Brine of Bernardin Canada for a workshop on home preserving. Explore sun-ripened fruit of the season as we focus on peaches, pears and apricots. $25 per person includes two jars of preserves. To RSVP and for more information, please contact Market Manager Elizabeth Harris at 416-960-0370 or elizharr@rogers.com.

This workshop series is presented with the support of Bernardin Canada.

Photo credits (from top): Michelle Scrivener (1, 4, 9, 10, 12), Toronto Reference Library (2), DTAH (3), Edmund Rek (5), Bill Deneau (6), Dominique Verstraeten (7), Phil Brown (8), Evergreen (11).

About Evergreen

Evergreen is a not-for-profit organization that makes cities more livable. By deepening the connection between people and nature, and empowering Canadians to take a hands-on approach to their urban environments, Evergreen is improving the health of our cities—now and for the future.

www.evergreen.ca, Tel: 416-596-1495, Fax: 416-596-1443 - 355 Adelaide St. West, 5th Floor, Toronto, ON M5V 1S2