Greenest City Program - West Neighbourhood House

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Thriving Earth, Thriving People

Greenest City builds healthy, inclusive neighbourhoods centred around place-based climate action.  Our work is focused on collective care of the earth (and each other!) and building resilient communities in response to climate change.

We prioritize co-creating solutions with people who are experiencing the impacts of climate change the most. These impacts are being experienced, in our urban high-rise communities, through rising temperatures, increasing costs of food, and lack of green infrastructure such as green space, bike lanes, and in adequate high rises adapted or built for climate change.

We weave food, plant and medicine growing and land stewardship, righting relations with the Indigenous people of this land, collective care of each other, art, and food sovereignty, with climate action. These priorities have been determined by the community.  As we experience worsening impacts of climate change – our communities’ strengths and resilience will continue to grow and reshape these priorities.

Upcoming events

Parkdale Good Food Market 

Poster for a farmers market.

The Parkdale Good Food Market is back for the summer! Starting July 10th, you can find us at Masaryk Park (Near the Parkdale Public Library) every Wednesday from 3:00-7:00pm.

This promises to be an engaging weekly event that is not only a crucial part of our commitment to sell low-cost veggies and fruits, but also open spaces and opportunities for folks to gather, make new connections, and get to know local vendors and community-based organizations.

If you have any questions or want to run an activity in the market this year, please contact Roberto at

To learn more about the market, please visit the main page here: Parkdale Good Food Market

Kids Growing the Future

Poster for a kids gardening program

Would you like to get your children involved in an eight-week summer program? If yes, then our  “Kids Growing the Future” is an amazing opportunity for children ages 5 to 12, to discover the wonders of nature. Through hands-on learning, kids will explore the benefits of growing their own food and the importance of sustainable practices.

In this program, your kids will learn gardening, bird watching, vermicomposting, Indigenous traditions for growing foods, and eco-arts activities.  Children are innate explorers, and they will love to be part of our nature-based outdoor program in Parkdale.

It will be run in the Milky Way and Hope Gardens, every Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. until the beginning of September. If we get volunteers interested in supporting us, the gardening activities might be extended until harvest time (October).

For more information, please call Felipe at or 647-562-3227. Visit the website page: Kids Growing the Future


Current projects

Community-Led Projects and Partnerships

We partner with groups and organizations based on the groups self-determination, capacity and needs.  The projects could have been started by or with the support of Greenest City (Bonnie Storr, West Lodge, St. Joe’s) or inspirational leadership built up in the community (Indigiqueer Garden, Roots and Culture Gardening Club, My Brother’s Keeper Meal Program, Parkdale Free School).

Education and Collective Capacity Building

In all of our work together, community members and leaders share knowledge as we work alongside each other.  Greenest City also coordinates workshops lead by both our local community members and others across the city with knowledge and skills to share.

Academic Partnerships

Toronto Urban Farmers Training: A research partnership led by Seneca College, with Toronto Urban Growers, Toronto Metropolitan University, and West Neighbourhood House and Greenest City Program.

We also host students from University of Toronto and George Brown to complete research, internships and practicums.

Stewardship and Volunteering: Hands on care of the earth in the gardens, at our events, and projects.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Greenest City, contact Sandra at

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