Lawyers Feed The Hungry

May 4, 2011

Lawyers in Toronto are rockin’ the courthouse this Friday, May 6th for a fundraising concert. Proceeds go to the Toronto Lawyers Feed Hungry (TLFH) program which provides meals to Toronto residents in need.

When: Friday, May 6th.  Doors open at 7pm

Where: The Courthouse, 57 Adelaide St. East, Toronto

Tickets: $25 in advance; $30 at the door

Annual Spring Compost Day – London, ON

May 4, 2011

Calling all gardeners in London!

Don’s miss the Annual Spring Compost Day celebration organized by the London Community Resource Centre.  Compost available, bring a container and shovel!

When: Saturday,  May 7th

Where: Various locations

Time: 8am till 2pm (while compost lasts)

Want to volunteer?  Its fun and your efforts support great causes in the City! Visit LCRC’s Facebook Page for more details.

Compost Week Celebration!

May 3, 2011

The Compost Council of Canada is a national non-profit, member-driven organization with a charter to advocate and advance organics residuals recycling and compost use. It serves as the central resource and network for the compost industry in Canada and, through its members, contributes to the environmental sustainability of the communities in which they operate.

Gardening fun with Juniors!

April 25, 2011

Gardening is a lot of fun when you have a group of eager junior gardeners from the 7th Milton Cub Pack getting all excited about digging in and working towards their Garden Badge.  Recently, The Compost Council of Canada sponsored a gardening presentation, organized by Lorraine Pigeon-Ivanoff of Landscape Ontario for the 7th Milton Cub Pack where the Cubs learned the principles of gardening and got the opportunity for some hands-on planting.

Compost! Add compost to your soil for healthy veggies.

Lorraine Pigeon-Ivanoff of Landscape Ontario and Beaver Leader of the 7th Milton Cub Pack

Denis Flanagan, Landscape Ontario’s PR Director and gardening extraordinaire showed the Cubs how to plant beans, seeds courtesy of McKenzie Seeds.  Every Cub was given a pot where they planted a couple of seeds, watered them and learned the recipe for veggie-growing success – Compost! Start with good quality soil and compost. Compost is nutrients for the soil that helps enhance plant growth and develop a sound root structure.

Denis Flanagan of Landscape Ontario plants bean seeds with the Cubs

The Cubs also learned to build a pole bean tepee, demonstrated by Plant a Row • Grow a Row program coordinator, May Stepanek.  The tepee is a fun D-I-Y garden project for junior gardeners who can use the structure to support the vine-like growth of the bean plants.

Building a pole bean tepee

Pole bean tepee

The evening ended on a high note with an entertaining presentation by Denis and Lorraine who had the Cubs thoroughly engaged and all clamouring to volunteer answers for the gardening quiz!

Gardening with juniors is truly satisfying when you see how children are enjoying the activities and soaking up the knowledge. It doesn’t take much — a handful of seeds, some encouragement, a heap of good quality soil (and compost) and you’ve got a new skill, and a harvest to look forward to!

Growing beans and building a pole bean tepee is a snap!

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Plant a Row • Grow a Row is available for children’s gardening workshops. If you are interested to find out more, please contact The Compost Council of Canada at (416) 535 0240.

Plant and grow an extra row of veggies for those in need!

April 18, 2011

Spring 2011 (Canada) – Plant a Row • Grow a Row encourages you to dig in and join gardeners across Canada this Spring to help grow and share an extra row of veggies with free seed packets, courtesy of McKenzie Seeds.

“Growing veggies offers the possibility of harvests for children and their families beyond just the food that is grown,” said Susan Antler, Executive Director of the Compost Council of Canada. “From planting the seed and nurturing its growth to the harvest, Plant a Row • Grow a Row is about helping to nourish bellies, community and our environment through the sustainable growing and sharing of home-grown produce.”

“McKenzie Seeds is proud to support Plant a Row • Grow a Row to help families and children grow veggie gardens,” said Amy Kilburn, Product Manager, McKenzie Seeds.  “There are so many benefits to cultivating your own veggie garden – learning a new skill, saving money, sharing the extra harvest with those in need and of course being able to enjoy healthy vegetables fresh from your garden to the table.”

A section devoted to children and veggie gardening has been posted on, thanks to the support and care from organizations such as Rittenhouse and  A Grow Your Veggie Garden Guide is also available for download at

Gardeners who are interested to grow and share their extra harvest, please call 1-877-571-GROW(4769) for a free package of bean or zucchini seeds.

(while supplies last)