When you are a newcomer the first months you spend in Canada can be a very busy and stressful time. Migratory process, settlement, finding a place to live, searching for a job or learning a new language are some of the challenges you face when you arrive in Canada. All this in an environment full of traffic, tall buildings, fast-changing weather and an intimidating city.
The Greenbelt Foundation’s Research & Policy team lead a group of newcomers/TDSB’ students into Rouge National Urban Park. We walked the Woodland Trail, a 4.5km roundtrip, through the woods alongside the Little Rouge Creek. For some of the students and the staff, it was their first time in the Greenbelt!Read more
By: Auriel Haynes, Blackwell Children's Garden, Malvern
Into the Greenbelt gave the children and some adults from Blackwell Children's Garden, all from the Malvern area, the great opportunity to visit a ''pick your own'' farm. Their excitement was palpable as we prepared to leave for Murphy’s Country Produce. The bus left Malvern on a cool but sunny morning. The drive to Hamilton itself was exciting, as the kids seldom get go on long drives just for fun.Read more
Last month, groups from Family Service Toronto and the Brampton Multicultural Centre visited Kortright Centre for Conservation near Kleinburg. Read about their experiences, from interactive nature walks to greenhouses and saying hello to some sheep!
Members of the Brampton Multicultural Centre visit Kortright Centre for ConservationRead more
October 15 was a very exciting day for a group of 90 new Canadians, mostly families, from Chinese Family Services of Ontario. Given that they are all new to the country, the day trip to Mountsberg Conservation Area in Hamilton was the very first time most of them had found an opportunity to experience Ontario’s beautiful countryside.
By: Regent Park Community Food Centre, Toronto
On October 15, participants of all ages and gardeners of the CRC Regent Park Community Food Center travelled to the Terra Cotta Conservation Area with a group of new Canadians, to experience one of the many destinations in the Greenbelt. The bus ride not only provided great scenery, but was also a great way to meet others in the community, discuss garden successes and share knowledge.
By: Dallington Pollinators, Toronto
In late September, the Dallington Pollinators arranged a farm trip for 20 new Canadians with funding from Into the Greenbelt. Guy Farintosh, owner of Farintosh Farms, gave our group a tour of his farm and shared lots of useful information, including tips and tricks about vegetable growing.
By: South Asian Women’s Centre (SAWC), Toronto
On September 15, members of the South Asian Women’s Centre (SAWC) travelled to Farintosh Farms in the Greenbelt, providing women with the opportunity to pick vegetables at the farm for a low cost. It was an adventurous day for SAWC’s group of newcomers. Close to forty eager participants of all ages joined us on the trip. Bizhan Roshan and Brenna Owen of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation tagged along.
Bizhan Roshan with members of the SAWC