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On Sunday, May 5th, the Bathurst and Finch community gathered at the new community hub for their annual Jane’s Walk through the surrounding neighbourhood. The title of the walk was “Art and Living in Bathurst/Finch”. One stop was along the local hydro corridor where community members discussed creative uses for the under-used green space. A new, multi-use path through the corridor has sparked ideas for the open space including a soccer tournament and a running race. A special thanks to walk leaders Dina Schneider, Mojgan Rasouli, Marina Slobodkina and Anna Lyulina.
Alex Dow, the manager of Action for Neighbourhood Change (ANC) of Malvern led a group 80-100 people from all parts of the city to visit the wild side of Rouge Park and the Toronto Zoo. The walk started at Old Finch Ave and Morningview Trail in Scarborough. At that intersection corner, the ANC and other local associations wants to transform the two pieces of land side-by-side to become an urban farm. As we continued along into the forest, we saw the old Toronto Zoo Monorail which is now no longer in use. The group adventurously slid down the forest area and walked on the Monorail to see the outskirts of the Toronto Zoo.
This walk was hosted by the Action for Neighbourhood Change (ANC) and the Jane and Finch Family and Community Centre. Attendees learned about the Black Creek Bike race taking place in the fall, walked through Driftwood park where new trees had just been planted two weeks ago, walked through the hydro corridor that was lush and green and had a bike path running right across it from Norfinch Drive to Yonge street and Black Creek intersecting it. Carolyn King from the Mississauga of the New Credit First Nation spoke about the history of this place, how the Anishinabe would have lived in small villages along the Black Creek and that the trail we were on would have been the same trail the First Nations people would have traveled hundreds of years ago. Our stop at Black Creek Pioneer Village was very much about “embracing our history”, a place we can go to find out how people lived in the 1800s. Agriculture, history, industry & infrastructure, all just a stone’s throw from a ‘notorious’ part of Toronto. Jane & Finch has so much history that needs to be shared, has an abundance of green space that needs to be experienced and has amazing, hard working people.
It was a spectacular day for the Fields of Dreams Jane’s Walk – sunny, fresh and an azure blue sky. Apartment towers on Jane St and five schools are all within walking distance of the Black Creek farm, and in fact, several of the full time farmers and interns do just that to get to this workplace everyday. Jane’s Walkers came from near and far to check out this exciting urban farm consisting of eight fertile and lush acres located just inside Toronto’s borders on Jane St between Finch and Steeles. Farmers and interns were there to welcome us and get us holding the dirt in our hands, smelling it and learning about the crops going into the ground – cassava, asian greens, scotch bonnet peppers, various kinds of beans, lettuce, squash and lots of herbs. Plans for marketing the food to local neighbourhoods hinge on keeping the food affordable and accessible – markets and innovative distribution networks are taking shape. We capped it off wandering down the embankment to the Black Creek ravine bed – wild and overgrown with willows and old apple trees. Black Creek is a more than a farm – it’s a creative and clever innovation between the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority and Everdale Farm who have joined the forces in the service of sustainability and healthy land use. Stay tuned and go the farm at 4929 Jane St.
Trees Across Toronto held its annual tree and shrub planting program at Milliken Park in Scarborough, at the North East corner of McCowan and Steeles.
Representatives of the Panorama Community Garden Group came out in force to brave the wind and snow on a frigid April morning. Together, they managed to pick up all the trash in the community garden and along the perimeter of the woodlot that separates the community garden from the new, Rexdale Hub.
Volunteers cleared over 14 garbage bags of litter from the Smythe Park Greenway in Ward 11!