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Using the Miyawaki Method in Hamilton’s Reforestation Efforts

Across the globe, cities are experimenting with tiny forests or micro-forests as a way to connect people back to nature and to grow trees in dense urban areas. Traditional tree plantings that require a lot of space don’t always fit in cities, and urban tree planting has, up until recently, been dominated by non-native species.…

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Fall Into Energy Savings

As fall’s dazzling colours come and go, we know it’s time to prepare for shorter days and dropping temperatures. Below are some cost-free tips to help you worry less about your energy consumption at home and enjoy the beauty this season has to offer.  Your home’s thermostat: Sweater weather is here! Running your heating system…

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The Garden in Fall p3, Collecting and Growing Milkweed

As the leaves continue to fall, the fluffy, seed-carrying parachutes of the milkweed flower are hitting the air. Now is the perfect time and in some places, the last chance to gather seeds from our several native milkweed species. Not only is it a great time to collect these and other native wildflower seeds, it…

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Tiny Forests are Emerging in Hamilton

The first Miyawaki Forests in Hamilton will be planted at Windermere Basin this October! A collaboration between CanPlant and Green Venture, and in partnership with the City of Hamilton’s Forestry section, the microforest will be planted based upon the innovative Miyawaki method of reforestation. Community members will be helping to plant trees on October 2,…

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Sharing A Love for Native Plants

Adding native plants in our gardens, balconies, yards, and parks – even small patches – helps to build a more resilient, sustainable, and healthy Hamilton. Adding native plants helps pollinators thrive, supports biodiversity to expand, and helps make our city greener.  That’s why Green Venture is excited to announce our 2021 Plant Sale and Share.…

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What You’ve Missed – Native Plant of Month Fundraiser

Update (August 16, 2021). Applications are open until September 20th, 2021 for the Youth Stewardship and Professional Skills Program. Apply today! Green Venture’s plant subscription box is almost half way through for 2021! We’ve delivered over 130 plants and 100+ local, sustainable goodies to our subscribers since May. This fundraiser has helped us raise funds…

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Visit A Repair Cafe

Do you have a broken household item? Don’t throw it away! Bring in your small electronics, basic wooden furniture, bicycles, clothes, and more, and our local community mendors and fixers will repair it for free! Find out more below.   When and where is the Repair Cafe? On July 27, 2021 from 4:00 PM to…

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Tree Terms - Urban Forests“Hamilton’s urban forest includes all of the publicly and privately owned trees and supporting vegetation in the urban area. The urban forest includes more than Hamilton’s natural areas. Individual trees and groups of trees along streets, in backyards, parks, and commercial areas in Hamilton’s urban boundary are also part of the urban forest.” City of Hamilton, Urban Forest Strategy

Green Venture Is Growing Its Canopy!

Canopy for Community In 2020, Green Venture launched the Canopy for Community program to support youth climate action and education to help grow Hamilton’s urban forest. The program provides class presentations and stewardship projects to local highschool classes and native tree growing kits for schools and residents. Working with the City of Hamilton Forestry Department,…

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Turning off the tap: Catch the RAIN Dundas comes to a close!

We’re finally wrapping up our 2-year (but who’s counting?) pilot program that supported green infrastructure projects at homes and in communities. This program was a success, helping us secure funding to continue our green infrastructure programming, and even expanding it to more parts of Hamilton! We’re extremely grateful to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation…

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The Importance of Cycling Infrastructure in Hamilton

The Importance of Cycling Infrastructure in Hamilton As we Cycle in the City this Bike Month, we’re learning all about what it means to partake in active transportation. Whether you’re cycling for exercise, recreation, or to commute, cycling infrastructure plays an integral role in supporting safe, healthy, and green communities.  Active transportation infrastructure supports our…

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Welcome Summer Students 2021!

We are gearing up for another great summer at Green Venture, and we’re excited to introduce the summer students for 2021 who will be supporting us along the way! Our team this year brings together a diverse set of academic backgrounds, interests in many areas of  environmentalism, and skillsets. The team is so excited to…

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All About Food Waste

In Ontario about 60% of our food waste is sent to landfills, even though we have over 90 municipal green bin programs in the province! This adds up to about 3.6 million tonnes of food waste per year. Not only is that incredibly wasteful, it also produces methane – a greenhouse gas that can hold…

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Everyone Has the Power to Change: All About Our New Remote High School Program

In 2020, Green Venture introduced an all-new, FREE, high school program. Available completely remotely, Power to Change educates students about the importance of environmental accountability and activism, while teaching them about Canada’s current climate change policies, and how they can be more sustainable in their own lives and communities.   So why should you register…

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A How To Guide: Planting Ontario Native Seeds 

Choosing Ontario Native plants for your garden is highly beneficial for various reasons. Native plants tend to be generally well adapted to their environment, meaning it will require little maintenance once established. It is also beneficial to wildlife providing nutritionally appropriate food as well as shelter for our region’s wildlife. Native plants attract pollinators like…

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A How To Guide: Planting Ontario Native Seeds 

Choosing Ontario Native plants for your garden is highly beneficial for various reasons. Native plants tend to be generally well adapted to their environment, meaning it will require little maintenance once established. It is also beneficial to wildlife providing nutritionally appropriate food as well as shelter for our region’s wildlife. Native plants attract pollinators like…

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Exploring Ecoanxiety

The terms ecoanxiety or climate distress have been coming up a lot more lately, so we thought we’d delve in to the topic as part of our takeover week at EcoHamilton. Follow along here and on the EcoHamilton Collective’s Instagram account and have a read and watch some of these resources to learn more. Sara…

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A How To Guide: Planting Ontario Native Seeds 

Choosing Ontario Native plants for your garden is highly beneficial for various reasons. Native plants tend to be generally well adapted to their environment, meaning it will require little maintenance once established. It is also beneficial to wildlife providing nutritionally appropriate food as well as shelter for our region’s wildlife. Native plants attract pollinators like…

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Planting Trees, Grows Community!

In a joint effort to enhance Hamilton’s urban forest to improve community health, Green Venture and Trees for Hamilton are partnering to deliver Canopy for Community. This collaborative project will engage and educate youth and local residents in Wards 4 and 5 on the importance of urban forest and allow residents to gain hands-on knowledge…

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Grow A Row: A Summer Summary

In June of 2020, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, Green Venture launched the Backyard Garden Project. Inspired by the resilience, creativity, and innovation demonstrated by our community, the Backyard Garden Project’s goals were to foster the growing connections with nature and learning new skills being expressed by our community through making gardening as accessible…

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Hamilton Waste 101: Common Mistakes and the 5 R’s

Green Venture is committed to educating Hamiltonians about sustainable living  and reducing our city’s climate vulnerability. We have created this blogpost (and an exciting giveaway!) to cover some of the common mistakes made by residents when sorting their waste and highlight some potential solutions and strategies for improvement. While individual actions are not enough on…

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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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That’s a wrap on Seedy Saturday 2020!

This year’s Seedy Saturday was a great success!  Our attendance was the highest ever recorded for a Hamilton Seedy Saturday with 832 people.  That is almost 200 people more than last year! We had 30 vendors including seed vendors, environmental businesses and community groups. The workshops were very well attended with 95 guests enjoying them. …

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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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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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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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