POSTPONED - Evergreen Grows
Celebrate the potential nature has to ground us in wellness and community at Evergreen Grows (formerly Seedy Sunday).
At a critical time for containment of COVID-19, we wanted to update you on what we are doing to ensure the health and safety of all members of our community, from our farmers and vendors, to our visitors, staff, partners, supporters and volunteers.
At this time, Evergreen has suspended all public programs at Evergreen Brick Works until further notice, including postponing Evergreen Grows. For more information, visit this page.
In Evergreen Brick Works' 10th year of hosting Seedy Sunday, it has a new name: Evergreen Grows! Learn more here.
With gardening activities for all ages, a bustling market space, workshops hosted by industry professionals and our annual Seed Swap, there will be lots to do and learn for people of all levels of growing expertise.
We suggest considering alternate methods of transportation to driving. Bike, walk, take the TTC or Evergreen's Free Shuttle Bus. See all the ways to get here.
Seed & Plant Swap
Bring seeds you’ve saved over the years, trade them in for some that are new-to-you and plant something different in your garden this year! New this year, bring in plants to swap!
New gardeners are welcome to join in and gather some seeds from the Seed Swap as you learn to create your urban garden. Supported by Seeds of Diversity and Toronto Seed Library, the Seed Swap will be bustling with local seed varieties to try this growing season.
The Seed Swap runs from 10am-3pm.
Evergreen Grows Workshops
Explore the world of plants and agriculture in your city by joining in on these interactive workshops.
Outside of the scheduled sessions, you can find workshop leads at their vendor table. Workshops are first come, first served.
11am | Plant Positivity Herb Boxes
Join Evergreen's Isaac Crosby in planting a herb box inspired by the Plant Positivity Gardens at Evergreen Brick Works.
Create your own edible herb box from seed in this fun and rewarding workshop. Learn about edible herb planting, care and uses from our resident plant expert and Urban Agriculture lead, Isaac Crosby. All participants will leave with a beautiful herb box to be harvested in the spring!
The Plant Positivity Gardens are six gardens that add more than 50 varieties of native plant species to the existing 8,000-square-metres of gardens across Evergreen Brick Works.
In partnership with Aphria Inc.'s Plant Positivity, Evergreen has created these new spaces for us to reflect, socialize and learn more about the natural world. Learn more here.
Isaac Crosby comes from a small farming community 30 minutes south of Windsor, ON called Harrow, ON. He is proud of his Ojibwa/Black Canadian heritage and looks forward to sharing their histories. He studied Landscape Horticulture Tech at Humber College and currently leads urban agriculture programming at Evergreen Brick Works. He incorporates his education and traditional First Nations farming to grow great crops, to teach others and to do his part in saving the earth.
11am in Fido Kitchen (1st floor of Young Welcome Centre).
11am | Make your own Herbal Teas
Local teawright Irene Orkin will demonstrate how to make easy herbal teas using local plants and culinary herbs.
Irene Orkin is a teawright, certified herbalist, and elder. An Indigenous person of Métis/Wabanaki heritage, Irene’s been a member of Evergreen Brick Works' community since 2011. She crafts teas, teaches, and conducts ceremony following Twisted Hair Teachings. She’s a guest instructor in Indigenous Environmental Studies and Sciences at Fleming College and Trent University. She lives and work in Tkaronto on traditional Anishnaabe, Haudenosaunee and Wendat inter-tribal territory. As part of her responsibilities, she honour the One Dish One Spoon wampum exchanged between the Anishnaabek, the Haudenosaunee and affiliated nations.
11am in Meeting Room 2 (2nd floor of Young Welcome Centre).
12:30pm | Food Is Political
Join Cheyenne Sundance in mapping solutions to the question of what an equitable urban agriculture future could look like.
Cheyenne will draw from both her lived and learned experiences to imagined futures. She will also speak about her experience founding a worker cooperative urban farm, Radical Roots, and why she believes cooperatives in urban agriculture are a part of that equitable future. You will hear about her experience on urban farming as a viable career for those who are directly affected by food injustice. Learn about how and why those affected by food insecurity and environmental injustice must be leading the agriculture movement for an equitable future for all - and how you can take part!
Cheyenne Sundance is a self-taught organic farmer who has worked in both rural and urban settings where she tended to fields of vegetables, fruit forests and livestock. Her farming has always been with a social justice framework since being able to grow your own food is the foundation of independence, especially for those who are Black and Indigenous and face marginalization. She is a food justice educator with experience working in community organizing and political resistance movements. Cheyenne has founder and farmer of Sundance Harvest, an urban farm in Toronto, Ontario that focuses on food justice and eradicating systemic racism in the food system. Cheyenne is also a member and creator of Toronto's first Urban Farm Coop, Radical Roots.
12:30pm in Blake's Room (2nd floor of Young Welcome Centre).
12:30pm | Learn about Vermiculture
Get started in the world of vermiculture with Evergreen's Worm Wranglers.
Vermiculture—or worm composting—is the practice of decomposing leftover food waste into nutrient-rich topsoil with the help of the mighty red wiggler worm. This workshop will walk through the basic principles of vermiculture, humus production, and topsoil health. Participants will learn how to set up their own vermicomposting systems and how to best care for their lil wrigglers!
Evergreen’s Worm Wranglers are a dedicated group of urban agriculturalists leading one of the largest and most developed vermiculture systems in Toronto. Their dedication enables the closed loop practises of the Brick Works’ compost system, by decomposing our food waste into nutrient-rich humus for our gardens. Interested in joining the Worm Wranglers? Get in touch with Isaac Crosby at email@example.com.
12:30pm in The Burrow (west side of Evergreen Brick Works).
2pm | The Medicine at Your Feet
Use the medicine that grows, or can be grown, around us to create healing remedies.
Join Tracy TieF for a hands-on workshop using the plants we find growing around and under us that we can use to make healing remedies for our minds, bodies and spirits. You’ll use herbs that are easy to gather and grow, such as calendula, dandelion, burdock, yarrow or clover and make:
- a herbal tea
- a herbal infused oil using locally grown sunflower seed oil
- a herbal balm using locally grown sunflower seed oil and local beeswax
Tracey TieF is a Certified Natural Health Practitioner who founded and runs Anarres Natural Health Apothecary – a social enterprise storefront, online and mail-order resource founded in 2007 for body care, DIY supplies and housewares that are good for you and good for the earth. Anarres Natural Health’s mission is to educate people about natural, healthy, fairly-traded, and local botanical ingredients, and how to use these to create affordable, wholesome and effective body care.
2pm in Fido Kitchen (1st floor of Young Welcome Centre).
2pm | Let's Get Sprouting
Learn how to get sproutin’ this spring with Evergreen Garden Market!
A great workshop especially for those that do not have access to outdoor space (whether it be a backyard garden or balcony), or for anybody who’s interested in growing some of their own food. Sprouts are a quick and easy way to supplement your diet with fresh micro-greens throughout the entire year.
Evergreen Garden Market at Evergreen Brick Works is Toronto's home for a curated selection of local food, home décor, books, children’s games and toys, and a rotation of seasonal products.
The garden centre is fully stocked with Toronto’s widest selection of Ontario native flowers, plants and trees for gardens of all sizes—container on your condo countertop to your backyard in the city.
2pm in Meeting Room 2 (2nd floor of Young Welcome Centre).
Also at Evergreen Brick Works during Evergreen Grows
Explore, experience and play with nature. Take part in hands-on projects, crafts, games, loose parts play and more in the Children's Garden.
Discover how Evergreen reclaimed and revitalized this former brick factory into a global showcase for green design and public space helping accelerate urban innovation.
Prices & Fees
General admission: Suggested donation of $2
Workshops: Suggested donation of $5 per workshop
Admission is free for children under 6.
Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Ave, Toronto ON, M4W 3X8
This event is wheelchair-accessible.