Welcome New Staff!

Updated: Jun 17

Thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs program, we have 6 new garden staff for 9 weeks of critical planting time, who are also helping kick off our 2021 Market season.

Joining us for the second summer are Dev Vyas and Ari Wichert, in the Program Co-ordinator roles, seen above top left. Sophie Mihevc, Paula Masamba, Ana Lopez and Aarthi Manohar round out the power Garden Worker crew. We asked for their favourite garden memories, and the plant they most identify with.


Dev (They/Them)


The first time I grew plants from seed, I was blown away by how their first seedling leaves (the cotyledons) all looked identical, but their first true leaves all looked different! From the wispy leaves of dill to the fuzzy broad leaves of borage to the distinctive shape of tomato leaves, it all seemed like magic! I identify with root vegetables, because they maintain an air of mystery!


Ari (They/Them)


Something I remember about being in home/community gardens as a kid is looking for spiderwebs every morning in the weeds so I could see the water on the webs from the morning dew. Bugs/insects are still one of my favourite parts of growing things. A garden plant I identify with is the raspberry because they are hardy and love the sunshine!


Paula (She/Her)


My favorite garden memory is harvesting guavas from my garden with my sister. I made many bird friends and just as many bird rivals haha. An onion! There are many layers to me.


Ana Lopez (She/Her)


My favourite memory would be when I saw my first strawberry plant... I can't believe how small and cute those strawberries were! I most identify with mushrooms because they are a classic!


Aarthi (She/Her)


My favourite gardening memory is when I'd harvest pears from my backyard with my family. Although I dislike the taste of pears, this vivid memory has earned it a prestigious spot within my list of top 10 favourite fruits! I identify most with cucumbers, because I like adventure and travel just as much as their vines do!


Sophie (She/Her)


My favourite garden memory is learning how to pick tomatoes in my grandparents garden! They showed me how to gently twist them off and I loved crouching down to find the hidden tomatoes! I most identify with squash because they are warm and cozy!



The team got an awesome start to the market season, June 1 at the Cabbagetown Farmers Market, held each Tuesday from 3-7 pm.



Welcome also to Cara McArthur, who joins us as our Indigenous Program Co-ordinator! Cara is a Nehiyawak (neh-HEE-oh-wuk) Nakoda Womxn with mixed ancestry who was born and raised on Treaty 13 territory (Tkaronto), She is also a first generation residential school

survivor.




Cara has facilitated and developed curriculum-linked traditional knowledge programming that is rooted in Indigenous cosmology and decolonization. She is dedicated to nourishing relationships with the community that foster decolonization through education and land based practices.


Welcome Cara! We look forward to developing amazing programs together!


Joining us for the second summer are Dev Vyas and Ari Wichert, in the Program Co-ordinator roles, seen below top left. Sophie Mihevc, Paula Masamba, Ana Lopez and Aarthi Manohar round out the power Garden Worker crew. We asked for their favourite garden memories, and the plant they most identify with.




Dev (They/Them)


The first time I grew plants from seed, I was blown away by how their first seedling leaves (the cotyledons) all looked identical, but their first true leaves all looked different! From the wispy leaves of dill to the fuzzy broad leaves of borage to the distinctive shape of tomato leaves, it all seemed like magic! I identify with root vegetables, because they maintain an air of mystery!


Ari (They/Them)


Something I remember about being in home/community gardens as a kid is looking for spiderwebs every morning in the weeds so I could see the water on the webs from the morning dew. Bugs/insects are still one of my favourite parts of growing things. A garden plant I identify with is the raspberry because they are hardy and love the sunshine!


Paula (She/Her)


My favorite garden memory is harvesting guavas from my garden with my sister. I made many bird friends and just as many bird rivals haha. An onion! There are many layers to me.


Ana Lopez (She/Her)


My favourite memory would be when I saw my first strawberry plant... I can't believe how small and cute those strawberries were! I most identify with mushrooms because they are a classic!


Aarthi (She/Her)


My favourite gardening memory is when I'd harvest pears from my backyard with my family. Although I dislike the taste of pears, this vivid memory has earned it a prestigious spot within my list of top 10 favourite fruits! I identify most with cucumbers, because I like adventure and travel just as much as their vines do!


Sophie (She/Her)


My favourite garden memory is learning how to pick tomatoes in my grandparents garden! They showed me how to gently twist them off and I loved crouching down to find the hidden tomatoes! I most identify with squash because they are warm and cozy!



The team got an awesome start to the market season, June 1 at the Cabbagetown Farmers Market, held each Tuesday from 3-7 pm.


Welcome Aarthi, Ana, Ari, Cara, Dev, Paula and Sophie! Taking care of three school gardens, a community plot and greenhouse, plus our Green Roof here at Daniels Spectrum, not to mention supporting online programs with Ohemaa, is a big job but you are all rising to the occasion with flying colours!



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