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.

Join your Garden@Kimbourne friends in the cozy kitchen for an immersive and collaborative exploration of the techniques we need for living sustainably.

We believe in learning by doing, and in learning together, and these workshops are great if you are just starting out and want to try something new, or if you wish to refine your skills and share your wisdom.

Now taking place in-person at 2:00 on the 2nd Sunday of the month, our Traditional Skills Sessions are place-based, focus on the natural rhythm of the year, and are centered around our principles of both growing food and growing community.

Please join us in person in the kitchen at Kimbourne Park United Church - through the ramp door on the southwest corner of the building and then through the hall. Sessions are open to all, and are by donation.

Join us for:

  • November 13th – Canning
  • December 11th – Making Soap
  • January 15th (not 8th) – Composting with Worms
  • February 12th – Making Cheese
  • March 12th – Starting Seeds
  • April 9th – Identifying Spring Wildflowers
  • May 14th – The Theory and Practice of Permaculture

Click here to donate to Garden@Kimbourne.

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