Orchard Shed Reno thanks to G&Z Volunteers

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These days home and garden shows are very popular – especially when a messy, disorganized and dirty house is magically transformed into a clean and fabulous show home. Well, now the volunteers of the Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard in Toronto will know what that feels like first hand. That’s because two of our volunteers are contractors who paint and renovate local homes and they volunteered to help us organize our shed by drilling hooks and tool holders into the heavy concrete walls. Continue reading

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Nutrient-Rich Mulch for Ben Nobleman’s Trees

Audrey, a volunteer, mulching an apple tree with straw in Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard in Toronto

It’s spring. Our fruit trees are growing. And while we humans need a hearty breakfast to help fuel us for the day, fruit trees also need a good meal at the start of their growing season. That’s because, after emerging from dormancy, they are preparing for an action-filled time in which they will grow leaves, blossoms and branches and produce a harvest for us to enjoy. We can help them along by amending their soil with nutrient-rich mulch.

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Grade 1 Students Flock to Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard

Grade 1 students drawing fruit trees in Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard

Grade 1 students sketching a cherry tree in Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard

On a Friday in May, a flock of six-year-olds filled Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard. They had come with their grade one teacher, and their mission was to sketch our blossoming fruit trees. The youngsters broke off in twos and threes and each chose a tree to draw. They touched the bark, checked out the blossoms, and then chose a vantage point for their sketch.

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