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Plants as clothing

Nicole Dextras, an artist who lives in Vancouver but who travels a lot all over Canada, did an installation at Dufferin Grove Park a few winters ago. Nicole likes to do art installations that use plants as clothing, and she recently sent us this link:


posted on October 01, 2008

The Star: Parkdale's bountiful rain harvest

New tanks to collect water help irrigate the garden residents tend to feed the area's poor and homeless

Volunteer Muzzama Younussi helps her 2-year-old daughter,
Sarah, work in the Masaryk Park community garden in
Parkdale Sept. 26, 2008.

By: Jason Miller
Published: Sep 27, 2008
Source: The Star

Two-year-old Sarah Younnussi was struggling to break the ground with a shovel at Masaryk Park yesterday, not knowing that she was taking part in something that could make Toronto a better place to live when she gets older.

Younnussi was determined to help her big brother Haru, 10, dig holes to plant flowers in the HOPE community garden, next to the Parkdale community's new rainwater harvesting system.

The massive 6,000-litre tank was designed to collect rainwater from the roof of the Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre.

The water will then be gravity-fed into the garden, where a hand pump will let people water plants with chlorine-free water.

posted on October 01, 2008

CTV: Parkdale harvests rainwater for community garden

Published: Wed Sep. 24 2008
Source: CTV Toronto

A 1,550-gallon water storage tank will
be used to harvest rainwater at
a park in west-end Toronto.

Toronto's Parkdale neighbourhood is taking steps to become one of the greenest communities in town by implementing a new rainwater harvesting system.

The system, the first of its kind in the city, is expected to reduce greenhouse emissions and save the city some money.

A 1,550-gallon water storage tank is designed to collect rainwater from the metal roof of the local community centre at Masaryk Park. A pipe will carry rainwater from the roof into a cistern. The water will then be poured with the weight of gravity into the park's HOPE community food garden, according to a news release from Greenest City, a non-profit organization.

A hand pump at the garden will allow people to water plants with chemical-free rainwater.

"Few people realize that running the water supply system accounts for a staggering one third of Toronto's municipal electricity bill -- that's $47 million in electricity costs every year," local city councillor Gord Perks said in the news release. "Not to mention 10 per cent of the City's total green house gas emissions."

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