Welcome to the Black Creek Garden Resource Network!

The Black Creek Garden Resource Network (BCGRN) is an initiative supported by a network of food and health focused organizations and operates out of the Black Creek Community Farm. Inspiration and community discussions for this network have been on-going since 2015, and we are excited to launch its first official pilot year this season in 2017.  We hope you will join and support us!

Vision

“The BCGRN is a group of organizations and people who agree to work together to coordinate existing services and resources, develop new opportunities, and build resident leadership capacity to promote urban gardening, food literacy, nutrition, and health in the greater Jane-Finch area of Toronto.” – (Statement of Purpose, February 2016).

Who We Are

The BCGRN is comprised of organizational partners and individual community members. Black Creek Community Farm is the network’s lead organization and its partners are FoodShare, Toronto Public Health, Jane and Finch Community Centre, and African Food Basket.

Our Mission & Activities

The BCGRN strives to promote organic/sustainable food growing principles and practices – because we want to support healthy eco-systems, food, and communities. By combining resources and expertise from partners and members, we work to support the interests of gardeners and gardens in the Jane and Finch community. This support is provided in the form of physical resources like seeds, seedlings, and compost, as well as through social and educational opportunities such as workshops, special events, and networking activities for its members.  

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Network Membership & Seedlings Program

Join the Black Creek Garden Resource Network

Purchase a membership! – There are 2 types of memberships.

A REGULAR membership gives you access to educational and networking opportunities.

A SEEDLING membership gives you all the benefits of a REGULAR membership, plus seeds and seedlings!! These are available in 3 sizes (small, medium, large) and each size comes with a different amount of seeds and seedlings. Choose according to your garden size!

Membership Registration is now open! There are limited SEEDLING memberships available…purchase your membership today!

MEMBERSHIP Application: 2017 BCGRN Membership & Seedling Application (PDF version)

Email, mail, or submit your completed application in person, and mail or drop off your payment at the farm.  Cash or cheque only.  Registration is complete once we receive your payment.

What seeds and seedlings do I get?

For all SEEDLING memberships, a range of cool and warm weather crops will be available. Members will have a range of varieties and quantities to choose from on pick up days and availability is on a ‘first-come, first-serve’ basis. See the 2017 Seeds & Seedlings List for details.

How many seeds come in each seed package?

Number of seeds in each pack depends on the crop. See the 2017 Seeds & Seedlings List for details.

Do I get a single transplant or a pack of 4 (like in the stores)?

For most vegetables, it is one plant per vegetable.  There are a few exceptions where a 4-pack will be provided. See the 2017 Seeds & Seedlings List for details.

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Learning & Connecting

Educational Opportunities & Events

The 2017 calendar of events is in development.  Information coming soon!

Volunteer With Us!

Membership forms include a volunteer section – OR – if you just want to volunteer as a non-member, submit a  2017 BCGRN Volunteer Application (PDF version) or contact the network.

Want to teach a workshop or run an event?

One of the network’s goals is to connect community members and share knowledge within the community. If you have skills, knowledge, and passion that you would like to share, we can discuss an opportunity for you to deliver a workshop or run an event through the network.  Contact us to pitch your idea!

Contact Us:  bcgrnetwork@gmail.com / 416-393-6381

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Documents

 

2017 BCGRN General & Membership Information

2017 BCGRN Membership & Seedling Application (PDF version)

2017 BCGRN Volunteer Application (PDF version)

2017 Seeds & Seedlings List