Fighting Food Insecurity with the Urban Forest: Four Native Shrubs to Plant This Year

collage image of fruits from american hazelnut, common elderberry, black chokeberry and serviceberry
Food insecurity is a growing concern, especially with recent inflation trends and the impacts of adverse weather events on our food supply. The urban forest is home to many diverse edible plant species and can be leveraged to help increase availability and easy access to local food. Check out our top four most nutritious native shrubs that you can plant to grow food and our urban forest.

Mythbusters: Top 3 Myths of Planting in the Fall

LEAF staff member planting a tree in the late fall with snow on the ground
Fall is here, and you have left your planting work a bit too late this year. Will you be able to dig into the soil to plant that new tree, and more importantly, will it survive? While colder temperatures may create some hesitation around fall planting, it is actually a great time to add new greenery to your yard. Read on as we tackle the top three myths associated with planting in the fall.

Are the Trees Alright? How to Conduct a Tree Health Assessment

A tree with a reduced crown, illustrated within the yellow circles
As a concerned tree lover, you might be curious about some ways you can assess the health of the trees in your neighbourhood. In this blog, we will be looking at some key indicators of tree health described in the Neighbourwoods Tree Inventory Protocol that we use when we assessed the health of the trees planted through LEAF’s Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) Planting and Stewardship Program. Read along and learn how you can observe the health of the trees in your own neighbourhood.

Growing as a Community: Spring Naturalization Planting in York Region

Ramez planting at Rouge River Headwaters in Richmond Hill.
This past spring, I had the opportunity to work as the Naturalization Assistant at LEAF and support their community planting events. At these events, we worked with LEAF volunteers and community participants to plant 1,250 native trees and shrubs in Richmond Hill and King. I’m excited to share my experiences of seeing how different people came together as a community to make a lasting impact on the environment.