Celebrating GROW(th)

Hi everyone! My name is Nicolette and I am an Environmental Science student at the University of Toronto, and new Sustainability Intern at UHN.

As one of my first official tasks, I had the pleasure of representing the Energy & Environment Team at TRI-Bickle’s 2nd Annual Urban Agriculture Day last Friday. Home to one of UHN’s community gardens, Bickle’s GROW (Garden Rehab on Wheels) has custom height planters and wheelchair accessible paths that enables patients to participate in gardening as part of their rehabilitation. The group meets once a week, and together with dedicated volunteers and staff members, the patients are able to go outside and tend to the garden during the warmer months.

The end of the summer Corn Roast is chance for staff members and patients to come together to celebrate their hard work and enjoy the garden’s final few weeks. The event also welcomed patient families and community members to tour the garden and learn about the project.

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Patients, staff, and volunteers enjoying the day’s festivities

This year, the event proved a huge success as the group managed to collect over $410 in Continue reading

Can U Dig it?

In the lush and earthy corners of UHN, we find some spectacular gardens.

Let’s start in the west with GROW at Bickle Centre, aka, Garden Rehab on Wheels, or Garden of Eatin’. Thanks so much to Amanda Beales for leading this team through it’s 3rd fantastic season. Each year, it expands and improves.

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Staff Salad Potluck 2018

This season, the team built a second in-ground patch for plants too big for the boxes. Continue reading

In respect of farmers….

Susan and Elbonne, a patient at Bickle, enjoy the corn roast for Urban Ag Day

Hi everyone, guest blogger Amanda here! I’m a Registered Dietitian and Interprofessional Educator at TRI’s Bickle Centre, and I’ve had the pleasure of coordinating our “GROW: Garden Rehab. On Wheels” project this year.  While munching on some locally grown corn at Friday’s Urban Agriculture Day event, I took some time to Continue reading

Freshest thing on wheels

As the infinitely wise Ferris Bueller once noted “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” In this world of time-crushing connectivity, one of the best places to slow down and appreciate life’s magic is a nice green garden. You can’t swipe a screen while you dig in the dirt. Add a dash of local fresh food and you’re golden.

There’s a lot of gardeny goodness this year at UHN…

Look how gorgeous these wheelchair accessible planters are ... sprinklings of marigolds help keep the mosquitoes away

Look how gorgeous these wheelchair accessible planters are … sprinklings of marigolds help keep the mosquitoes away

The biggest news has gotta be Continue reading