Hamilton Seed Library: The How-To Guide

As part of our Backyard Garden Project, Green Venture has expanded and updated the Hamilton Seed Library in order to provide free seeds to the Hamilton community. The seed library is part of our goal to maintain biodiversity and help our community to become self-reliant. Read through this post to find out more about where…

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Summer Staff 2020 Introduction

Green Venture is very excited to introduce our Summer Staff for 2020! You may have already seen some of the work put together by our new team members including social media and blog posts, website updates, and updates around EcoHouse. Our summer team brings together a diverse variety of skillsets, interests, and academic backgrounds. We…

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April Showers Brings…More Rain Gardens!

Happy April, Spring is here! And if you’re anything like us you’ve been itching to get gardening! If you’re looking to freshen up your landscape this Spring, we suggest you consider installing a radiant rain garden! These gardens do more than just look pretty, they will absorb and filter rainwater runoff from your downspouts, improve…

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EcoHouse at Home!

With the spread of COVID-19, everything is happening at home at these days! Working, playing, and learning are now all centered in our homes. Typically during March and April, Green Venture’s EcoHouse would be welcoming hundreds of students through its doors. Students would participate in games,activities and demonstrations, all in the hopes of inspiring action…

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Welcome Jacey!

  Hello everyone! My name is Jacey Aikens and I’m currently filling the role of Environmental Outreach Assistant here at Green Venture. I’ve been here for just over a month now and I am thrilled about the amazing opportunity to learn, grow and build my communication skills with this organization. I’m working here on a…

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2019 Year-End Review

By: Giuliana Casimirri, Green Venture Executive Director  Thanks to the support of amazing volunteers, funders, community partners and people like you, Green Venture has been able to engage 5700+ youth in environmental education in 2019 and more than 7000 residents in environmental action and events.   We’re proud of our new partnerships and programs. In 2019,…

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Hamilton Nature Notes: Our Largest Native Fruit

By: Ash Lloyd, EcoHouse Green Gardening Volunteer The Pawpaw Incorporating native plants into our gardens is becoming more and more popular as the general public becomes more educated about helping ecological issues,  like increasing biodiversity and ensuring food source for wildlife. With this in mind, I would like to draw your attention to a native…

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Hamilton Nature Notes: An Unfamiliar Butterfly

By: Ash Lloyd, EcoHouse Green Gardening Volunteer The Mottled Duskywing The Mottled Duskywing (Erynnis martialis) could easily be mistaken for a moth due to its brown mottled colouring and wing profile, but it is actually a butterfly from the Hesperiidae family, commonly known as “Skippers”. They are relatively small, having an average wingspan of only…

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A Waste-Less Holiday Season: Zero Waste Tips

By: Meghan Vidakovic, Green Venture Communications Volunteer The holidays are coming up fast, and it can be easy to slip into wasteful habits. Planning and thinking ahead can help beat avoidable waste, so read on to find some of our favourite holiday zero waste tips! Start saving your newspaper! Wrapping gifts in newspaper is a fun and creative way…

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Green Venture Volunteer Appreciation

On October 28th, Green Venture staff and volunteers came together to share a meal and celebrate the immense volunteer contributions of this past year. We enjoyed a delicious potluck dinner, with fabulous offerings from both staff and volunteers. Between April and October 2019, well over 800 hours of volunteer time were contributed! Our volunteers dedicated…

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Bring Biodiversity Back. One Native Plant at a Time.

By: Alison Feist, Green Venture Volunteer You may often hear us mention biodiversity and native plants, but why are they so important? Biodiversity is important because everything is connected – living things, ecosystems, and natural processes. This dynamic system of nature allows us to thrive, be resilient to disasters, and sustain earth processes that support…

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Stormwater in Hamilton

In recent years, Hamilton has experienced serious problems related to stormwater and runoff including environmental and water quality degradation, threats to human health and safety, and millions of dollars in property damage. Many homeowners have experienced flooding in their homes and/or on their properties. As our city grows, there are fewer natural areas to absorb…

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Veggie Month With Oria: Week 4

Recently, there has been a lot of protests in the world, especially among youth, fighting for governments to take action on climate change. Youth are getting more and more committed in this fight. As a result, a new trend is born- vegetarianism. Now that you know what I am talking about, I am going to…

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Veggie Month With Oria: Week 3

Welcome to our third week of “Veggie Month with Oria”!!! Vegetarians? When you say I am a vegetarian, it can mean a lot of things. So, here are some very basic and easy differences: Ovo-lacto vegetarianism : no meat, but eggs and dairy Lacto vegetarianism : no meat, no eggs, but dairy Ovo vegetarianism :…

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Meet our Summer Students!

You may have seen them around EcoHouse when you stopped by, but now that summer is about halfway over (sorry, we know, we know!), we thought it was time to get to know our wonderful summer students a bit more! Check out their bios below. Anna- Environmental Programs Assistant I’m doing my second year as…

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Recycle Your Gardening Plastic at EcoHouse!

Alert: Wondering what to do with your leftover garden pots and trays? Bring them to EcoHouse! Green Venture is now collecting your unwanted gardening pots and trays for recycling! The City of Hamilton blue box recycling program no longer accepts black plastic plant pots and trays, due to the unpredictability of the recycling market. Effective…

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Veggie Month With Oria: Week 2

Hello, welcome to our second week of “Veggie Month with Oria”!!! What are the health benefits of vegetarianism?   There is currently not enough data to know the exact effects of vegetarian diets. It’s not easy to tease out the fact of being vegetarian from other practices that we are more likely to follow, such as…

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Veggie Month With Oria: Week 1

Hi, it’s Oria, the French summer student. As I am here for one month and I am a vegetarian, I am going to introduce to you some basic aspects of vegetarianism. My hope is that by the end, you can become more familiar with it, forget some ‘cliché’, and maybe be inspired to become vegetarian…

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Welcome Oria!

Our new volunteer all the way from France is sharing her knowledge in a weekly blog on vegetarianism, called “Veggie Month with Oria”! Meet Oria:  Hi!!! I am Oria, a French summer student. I am volunteering here, at Green Venture, for the month of July. It’s my first week and I have already done so…

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Spring Brings Change at Green Venture!

Announcing Green Venture’s new Executive Director, Giuliana Casimirri! Green Venture is excited to announce the appointment of incoming Executive Director Giuliana Casimirri, effective April 15th! Giuliana brings over 15 years of experience in environmental outreach, research, and nonprofit management. For the past 5 years, Giuliana was Executive Director of Oakvillegreen and previously coordinator of urban…

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Depave Paradise: Dundas community transforming schoolyard into vibrant, green learning space

Yorkview Elementary School students, parents and members of the community, in partnership with Green Venture, removed 172m2 of old asphalt by hand on Saturday, September 29 as the first step in their schoolyard revitalization.  Local MPP Sandy Shaw and Anne Tennier, an Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) volunteer, were on hand to see how a three-year,…

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Creepy Crawlers came to Eco House!

Creepy crawlers came to Eco House for a visit during week two of camp with Safari Science. The campers did better better than me, I could barely be in the same room with some of the crawlers.  The campers however were brave and actually held them. We also had fun swimming at Sir Wilfred recreation’s…

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Welcome Guppy!

Hello everyone! I’m Victoria or as the campers will know me Guppy, I’m one of the newest Environmental Program assistants hired for the summer of 2018. When I first came to the Green Venture’s Eco House for the seedling sale in May, I had no idea I would have such an awesome opportunity to work…

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Native Pollinator Friendly Plants 

The Golden Horseshoe area is home to numerous orchards, farms, and vineyards, and all of these depend on pollinators. The Government of Ontario estimates that 13% of its annual crop revenues, or $978 million dollars, can be directly attributed to pollinators. The majority of pollination is done by commercially raised bees; these insects are not…

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Welcome Moira!

My name is Moira and I am one of the new staff members here at EcoHouse!! I am currently working as an education support staff member, and I am the coordinator for our Annual Fundraiser Uproot!  While I am new with Green Venture, I am no stranger to education.  I studied at the University of…

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Welcome Jamie!

Green Venture welcomes our newest Education Program Support team member, Jamie MacLean… “I’ve had my eyes on Green Venture for quite some time, and I am thrilled to be working with education programs. I studied Environmental Sciences and Biology at Trent University and have since been involved in outdoor education and sustainable farm /garden practices. Working…

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Welcome Back Heather!

After working For the City of Hamilton for ten years helping engage our community and City staff in making Hamilton a little greener and more sustainable I have taken early retirement and now have the opportunity to get involved with Green Venture again. It feels like coming home! I was Executive Director of Green Venture…

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