Garden@Kimbourne is a volunteer-driven project that uses permaculture principles to grow food and community in Toronto’s east end. Our harvest is shared between those who grow it and local food banks.
We welcome volunteers with all levels of ability, experience, and availability. To get involved in the garden, please check out our Get Involved - Growing Season page.

Garden@Kimbourne grows food communally rather than in individual allotment-style beds. Our planting scheme is designed at an open meeting in February, and we work together through the growing season to make it a reality. Harvests happen as plants become ready, with volunteers choosing what they want to take home. As soon as we have high enough yields, we hold a weekly organized harvest for a local food bank.

Every time food is harvested, the nutrients those fruits and vegetables took from the earth are removed from the garden. In conventional agriculture, they are lost permanently or replaced with synthetic fertilizers that eventually destroy the soil. Our Why Permaculture? page explains how our practices heal the soil instead of depleting it.

People feel discouraged about many things in the world today. But at least we can make one small corner of it greener, friendlier, and filled with good things.

Outside of the growing season when it is too cold to garden or gather outside, join Garden@Kimbourne in the kitchen for our monthly Traditional Skills sessions. 

In the winter of 2020/2021, we made chutney and biscuits, mozzarella cheese, lip balm, started seeds, and learned how to identify trees in Ontario. Our upcoming topics for 2022 are: 
  • January 19th: ricotta cheese making
  • February 16th: soap making
  • March 16th: kombucha making
  • April 20th: Bike repair with the Repair Café
  • May 18th: garlic mustard foraging & pesto making
  • June 15th: permaculture gardening

Each of these sessions will take place on Zoom (with in-person options when it is safe to do so). Please pre-register here on our Eventbrite page early so that we can send you a list of ingredients and materials with enough time to shop.

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