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Growing Diversity: A Reception at Ashbridge Estate September 15, 2017

Growing Diversity:  A Reception at Ashbridge Estate

Join Building Roots to celebrate Toronto’s first *Urban Agriculture Day* with an opportunity to meet some of Toronto’s food leaders in a beautiful City space you may not have been to. Learn how we’ve transformed this space into a productive urban farm and community learning hub.

Hear about our partner’s perspectives in urban growing, food justice and sovereignty. Growers on site include the Black Farmers and Growers Collective, NishDish Marketeria & Catering, Abokichi, Duke of Connaught students, Bashir Munye and Heather Allen.

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments from our partners Chef Bashir Munye and Chef Johl Whiteduck Ringuette.

RSVP for free here.

Friday, September 15
5:00 p.m.  to 7:00 p.m.
Ashbridge Estate, 1444 Queen Street East

– From Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon’s Ward 32 newsletter
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The Ashbridge Estate’s giant willow has gone down – September 29, 2016

Photos by Elayne Crilly-Gauthier

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The mighty willow has gone down.

The majestic willow on the Ashbridge Estate - sadly today is on the ground, barely missed Duke of Connaught School on the left.  Photo taken looking east from the front of S.H. Armstrong.

The majestic willow on the Ashbridge Estate – sadly today is on the ground, barely missed Duke of Connaught School on the left. Photo taken looking east from the front of S.H. Armstrong.

Farewell to the gracious giant willow on the Ashbridge Estate.
See more on the Ashbridge’s Neighbourhood Facebook page.

Here is an appreciation of the tree written in 2015, when this blog entered the willow in a “favourite Toronto tree” contest:

This amazing willow tree, almost 100 years old, is a striking feature of the Ashbridge Estate, a green oasis on Queen Street East. The tree is one of many gorgeous specimens on the Ashbridge Estate, which is a green remnant of the much larger Ashbridge Estate (farm) which extended from Ashbridge’s Bay to Danforth Avenue, between Greenwood and Coxwell Avenues.

A September 2014 tree tour of the Ashbridge Estate was led by Philip van Wassenaer of Urban Forest Innovations, an arborist who has worked to preserve the trees on the property over the years:

“A central stop on the tour was this amazing willow tree. We know from diary entries that it was planted by Emma Rooney (married to Jesse Ashbridge) way back in 1919. Willows are water-loving trees, and back then, a stream ran through the area to nearby Lake Ontario. This tree has been slated for removal several times, but Philip has fought to keep this striking specimen alive. To ensure it does not pose a hazard, he has removed some of the larger branches and put a fence around its base to keep people away from where branches might fall.”

(excerpted from this article about the tree tour.)

The stream where the willow stands is the Ashbridge’s Creek, now buried below ground, but its “valley” is still visible. Damp areas are of course a favourite of willows.

Flea market at the Ashbridge Estate and farmers’ market at Jonathan Ashbridge Park — August 21, 2016

Last Sunday August 21 our neighbourhood was a happening place, with two events in full swing — the flea market at the Ashbridge Estate and the farmers’ market at Jonathan Ashbridge Park. Here are some photos.

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Michelle Rosetta of Bee23 makes and sells all kinds of great skin care products. She created her own line of products and sells them directly at locations like the Ashbridge Estate.

2016-08-21-Ashbridge-Estate-flea-marketFlea market at the Ashbridge Estate, 1444 Queen Street East.

2016-08-21-Ashbridge-Estate-flea-market-flowersFlowers in full bloom in front of the Ashbridge Estate.

Flea market at Ashbridge Estate - giant willow and Duke of Connaught school in the background.

Flea market at Ashbridge Estate – giant willow and Duke of Connaught school in the background.

Flea market at Ashbridge Estate, August 21, 2016.

Farmers’ market at Jonathan Ashbridge Park, August 21, 2016.

Wading pool at Jonathan Ashbridge Park, August 21, 2016.

Wading pool at Jonathan Ashbridge Park, August 21, 2016.

New entry "structure" (maybe a bench is coming?) at the northwest entrance to Jonathan Ashbridge Park.  In the background Queen Street East at Kent Road.

New entry “structure” (maybe a bench is coming?) at the northwest entrance to Jonathan Ashbridge Park. In the background Queen Street East at Kent Road.

The band gets ready to play at the farmers' market, Jonathan Ashbridge Park  August 21, 2016.

The band gets ready to play at the farmers’ market, Jonathan Ashbridge Park August 21, 2016.

My Little Dumplings will host a dinner series – Toronto Star August 24, 2016

This is music to any local foodie’s ears:

Bashir Munye is gearing up to host a dinner series at My Little Dumplings, at the corner of Queen and Greenwood on Fridays and Saturdays.

In the Toronto Star today, he calls it ” ‘nomadic cooking’ — food that explores Africa’s vast culinary regions mixed with his family’s Somali background, Italian upbringing and local ingredients.”

See the full article in the Toronto Star.  Congratulations Bashir, this is a great spread.

See more about Bashir’s dinner series at bashirmunye.com.

Here is Bashir in My Little Dumplings, that’s Queen Street at Greenwood in the background.

Toronto Star photos.  See several more in the article referenced above.

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1960 view of Ashbridge’s Bay, east Toronto

Ashbridge’s Bay June 1960. Looking east from above Lakeshore Boulevard (on the left of the photo). Coxwell-Lakeshore corner is half way up the left side of the photo.
Note that Ashbridge’s Bay Park had not yet been extended out into the lake. That happened about 15 years later.
The circle in the park area appears to be the wading pool which is still there, but wasn’t operational recently.

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