We've kicked off another spring planting season. At LEAF the entire staff gets an opportunity to go out in the field for at least one day. This means our marketing team takes time away from setting up interviews and tweaking websites to plant trees. I love the concept and needless to say it’s is a welcomed break from the glow of my computer screen. But even more than that, it’s a refreshing experience each time it rolls around.
It's going to be a busy weekend. We get excited each year around this time as millions of people in over 175 countries around the globe get together to celebrate our home. This year we're spreading out to connect with diverse communities and share tips on stewarding the planet at a local level. And while Earth Day falls on Sunday, I wanted to share all of the weekend's events we'll be attending - I hope you can join us!
By now, many of you have likely heard of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). We’ve received many calls from homeowners with questions and concerns about the invasive insect pest here at the LEAF office. Signs and symptoms of infestation are starting to appear throughout the City of Toronto and southern parts of York Region, and in Scarborough, street tree removals are starting to make the anticipated loss of ash trees visibly – and viscerally – comprehensible.
Last summer I began an internship at the Dig In! Campus Agriculture Network’s (DICAN) whose main mission is to support, empower and grow small-scale and sustainable food production at the University of Toronto. Acting as a meeting platform for all urban agriculture projects, our goal is to introduce and engage students with the concept of city food production.
A bird of prey with it’s claws full. A bandit looking for breakfast. These incredible photos were sent to us by one of our long-standing volunteers. Jocelyn, who calls Parkdale home, says she sees all kinds of animals scurrying around while she's working in her naturalized garden.