Achievements

2016

  • Sold nearly $2500 worth of organic herbs, berries, and vegetables to the neighbourhood
  • $2500 of the sales proceeds was donated to local food-based charities, and we expect to make a sizable charitable donation again this year
  • Started the majority of our own seedlings in volunteers’ homes
  • Held a children’s program for children from McKee Public School
  • Garden volunteers provided supervision to many high school students working towards their community service credits as well as to some families with children
  • Garden members teamed up with the OHS for Doors Open
  • Renewed our  partnership with the Community Share Food Bank to give away surplus produce to its food bank and community kitchen at the end of the season
  • Some produce was donated to the North York Harvest Food Bank
  • No edible food had to be composted

2015

  • Had our most successful sales season ever, selling nearly $3000 worth of vegetables, herbs and berries
  • Started the majority of our own seedlings in volunteers’ homes and cold frames
  • Held a children’s program for children from McKee Public School
  • Held a tea party celebration for volunteers and garden friends
  • Forged a partnership with the Community Share Food Bank to give away surplus produce at the end of the season
  • Art and music with students and rock painting

2014

  • Won an Award of Distinction in North York Garden Club’s Great Front Garden Contest
  • Sold over 1,500 pounds of organic vegetables, berries and herbs
  • Donated $750 to Second Harvest Food Rescue
  • Garden expansion to 46 Parkview (east of original plot). Increased area by 40%
  • Information signs placed at entrances on Parkview and Norton
  • Planted additional plum, pear and apple trees in the orchard area
  • Built and installed 2 cold frames to extend the growing season enabling PNG to start plants from seed
  • Curbing installed along sidewalk for safety and soil retention
  • Supervised high school students for community program credits
  • Hosted children from the Gibson House Summer Day Camp for a garden tour
  • Continued participation in Doors Open‎ with The Ontario Historical Society

2013

  • Grew and sold over 1,400 pounds of organic food (vegetables, herbs, fruits & berries) to the community
  • Donated $550, and garden produce, to Newtonbrook United Church‘s Wednesday Lunch Program
  • Conducted work groups with about three dozen volunteers from June to October, 5 days a week, with sales days twice a week
  • Supervised eight students towards their community volunteer hours
  • Launched the PNG Facebook page
  • Connected an electric pump and repaired the hand pump to enable cistern use
  • Participated in Doors Open with the Ontario Historical Society
  • Worked with the North York Garden Club to restore the OHS front garden
  • Nominated in North York Great Front Yard Gardens Contest
  • Purchased a rototiller, funded by Willowdale Central Ratepayers Association
  • Received a donation. Proceeds from snack bar sales at Cultura Festival
  • Planted and harvested soft neck garlic for the first time
  • Fall planting of hard neck garlic
  • Planted a plum tree in the orchard
  • Planted and harvested garlic for the first time.
  • Conducted garden tours: McKee Public School, Windsor Garden Club
  • Our garden coordinator presented a talk on “Companion Planting” to Unison Community Centre.

2012

  • Grew and sold over 1,300 pounds of our own organic produce to the local community
  • Donated $550 Newtonbrook United Church’s Out of the Cold Program
  • Maintained our partnerships with North York Garden Club and the Ontario Historical Society
  • Participated with Ontario Historical Society at “Doors Open Toronto”
  • Hosted a booth at “Cultura” at Mel Lastman Square with Ontario Historical Society
  • Mentored and supervised more that a dozen high school students working towards their community service credits

2011

  • Sold 1,000 pounds of our own organic produce to the local community
  • Donated $500 to charity, divided equally between Second Harvest and North York Harvest Food Bank.
  • Opened up a new north section of the garden, constructed by Toronto Parks staff to our design
  • Partnered with schools and community groups, such as McKee Preschool, North York Garden Club and the Ontario Historical Society, who generously allow us to use their historic stable as our garden shed
  • Mentored and supervised 3 high school students towards their community service credits
  • Translated signage into 3 languages that reflect our community’s multilingual character