Spring Forward

28 Mar

March 2014

This will be our 4th growing season.

Once we can find the gardens after the winter we have had

we hope to expand with fruit bearing trees and shrubs.

Many volunteers will be required to make this happen.

If you would like to join our team please let us know.




18 Apr

Newtonbrook United Church Green Team – Karen, Mary, Andrea, Pat, Harold, Gordon, and Janet (chair)

Many Volunteers – Church members, 14th Willowdale Cubs and Scouts, local youth and community members


Get Involved

16 Apr


Newtonbrook Neighbourhood Garden is always looking for new volunteers!

If you are interested in joining us, please fill out the contact form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Garden Design

16 Apr

In the spring of 2011 Danielle (our designer)  synthesized the information gathered from the first three workshops she organized and came up with a final Site Design, Analysis and Work Plan for the garden and her university thesis.

Upon recommendation from a review panel of professional landscape architects, she  submitted the project to the American Association of Landscape Architecture’s Annual Student Design Competition.



16 Apr



Introducing the Newtonbrook Neighbourhood Garden

16 Apr

Newtonbrook United Church (NUC) – The Taiwanese United Church in Toronto (TUCT) are pleased to inform you of an exciting new project in your neighbourhood.   The Green Team at NUC is leading the conversion of the church’s south lawn into Newtonbrook’s new community garden.   Our goal is to get to know our neighbours and for our neighbours to get to know us by creating a garden and meeting place of which the neighbourhood dwellers will be proud. 

Features of the garden will include:  flowers for all to enjoy including pollinators, raised planting beds, fruit trees,  a meeting area, and spaces for education and meditation.

Most of the organically grown food will help supply the Wednesday NUC-TUCT Drop-Inn  program with fresh nutritious produce. The balance of the food will be shared with our  local food bank and our volunteers.

To achieve these plans,  a series of fun interactive workshops will take place.   

We are always looking for volunteers of all ages and experience levels to help with the ongoing gardening chores. 

Please contact us if you would like to join our team

Our Site, Our Approach

16 Apr

Site Context

The site that is being converted to a community garden is located on the south lawn of Newtonbrook United Church (NUC),  which shares the sanctuary with the Taiwanese United Church of Toronto (TUCT).   It is located in Toronto’s North York district, an area known for its multiculturalism and strong East Asian presence,  consisting of  condominiums and single-family homes.   NUC aims to be an inclusive caring community, sponsoring and coordinating a number of Outreach Ministries including a weekly Drop-Inn Centre .   They also provide affordable facilities to many community groups such as the 14th Willowdale Scout Group, the Seniors Group, and the Willowdale Early Years Centre.   The NUC community has been committed to environmental and social justice issues, with the church Green Team acting as the steering committee for the ‘Newtonbrook Neighbourhood Garden’ project.   Adjacent to the church and located on the former parking lot is Lester B. Pearson Place, a 53 unit mixed affordable housing project, erected in 2007 by NUC-TUCT Non-Profit Homes Corporation.

Growing Together Concept

Emphasis on the process of place building will transcend all stages of the design, build and maintenance of the site. Engaging a wide diversity of Newtonbrook community members and groups to form a resilient network of people partnerships with a shared ecological and food literacy paradigm that will support the sustainability of the garden into the future.