I’m giving a short 30 minute presentation tomorrow evening (Tuesday) for the University of Toronto Community Garden Group as a part of “Alternative Frosh Week.” As a former poor university student I just love the fact that University campuses now have community gardens. Homegrown, fresh food sure beats kraft dinner.
I’ll be speaking about my experiences and love for gardening, and why I want to see everyone taking up the trowel. I’ve spoken to many groups about this over the last year and realize I should probably post something here for the site.
University of Toronto Community Garden Group
When: Tuesday, September 26, 2006. 4-6:00pm
Where: University of Toronto Campus, SAC building (2 Hart House Circle)
What: Knit or crochet up beautiful, warm woolies for charity. Mittens, arm warmers, hats, and scarves are all fantastic. A YGG forum member suggests keyhole scarves as anything that wraps around the neck can be uncomfortable and even unsafe for women coming from violent experiences.
New items made by you only please.
To Support: Redwood Women’s Shelter, a terrific shelter located in Toronto, Canada that supports battered women and their families. They run primarily on support from the community.
When: Please mail your items by Dec 1. Email me at gaylaatyougrowgirldotcom for details.
UPDATE: I just spoke with a contact at the shelter and she provided a Wish List:
- Long Scarves – So I was wrong (above). Winters have been cold here in Toronto and they have need of warm scarves that can wrap around twice for bundling up.
- Women’s Mittens – They recieve plenty of mittens for children but need larger mittens for adult women.
- Baby Blankets – For bundling babies inside strollers.
- Larger Items – If you were planning to make a couple of scarves, make one large item instead. She said they have need for shawls and ponchos.
I want to add that she was very enthusiastic and appreciative. They support a lot of women and children so the need is great.
- From: Forme Magazine (August 2006)
- From: Centre Stage Chicago (July 2, 2006)
“To boost my odds, I enlisted some expert tips from garden guru Gayla Trail, whom I met at a planting demo she gave at Old Town’s luscious A New Leaf boutique. Founder of YouGrowGirl.com (a must-bookmark for any urban gardener) and author of a book by the same name, Gayla is a self-taught master of metropolitan planting, whether working in containers on her fire escape or tending the city plot that she’s turned from a garbage dump into a blossoming flowerbed.”
See full article online
- From: 2 Magazine (Summer 06)