grOCAD Plant Propagation Workshop

A close up photograph of spider plants and english ivy growing in a hydroponic system
Monday, September 25, 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Welcome to the first grOCAD workshop of the semester!

The hydroponics systems in the Learning Zone is overflowing with plants and it's time to propagate! We will be taking a variety of cuttings from our plants and making new plant babies. The babies will be tended to and sold at the grOCAD Plant Sale in October. Funding from the plant sale goes toward maintaining the Learning Zone windowfarm and aquafarm. Come by to help plant new spider plants, snake plants, golden pathos, english ivy and more.

We will be providing information on care for house plants and methods of propagation. If you have plants of your own that are struggling and need advice or if your plants are flourishing and ready to propagate, bring them by! 

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Learning Zone 113 McCaul Street, Level 1 also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
Website: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/195366921003299
Email: 
ocadgrows@gmail.com
Cost: 
Free

grOCAD Plant Sale

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

grOCAD is selling a variety of houseplants like spider plants, golden pothos, jade and mother of thousands to raise money for some of their on-going projects like their Windowfarm. Please, drop by to make a purchase or learn how to get involve or just talk about plants.

grOCAD is a group of students, faculty and staff who are working together to integrate plant life to our everyday experience by cultivating areas in and around OCAD U’s campus. grOCAD’s aim is to increase healthy food accessibility, encourage discourse about how plants improve quality of life and heighten awareness to urban agricultural practices.

Venue & Address: 
Lobby at 100 McCaul Street, Toronto ON M5T 1W1
Email: 
ocadgrows@gmail.com
Cost: 
free to attend
Poster with text and illustration of a plant in a pot.

grOCAD Plant Propagation Workshop

A sheet of paper towel with 20 jade leaves laying on it in three rows
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Come out and get your hands dirt-y with grOCAD! This workshop is about propagating common houseplants such as spider plants, golden pothos, jade and snake plants. We'll talk about the basics of plant propagation and get some baby plants started. All the materials will be provided and the baby plants will later be sold at the Plant Sale to generate funding to maintain our current garden projects.

grOCAD is a group of students, faculty and staff who are working together to integrate plant life to our everyday experience by cultivating areas in and around OCAD U’s campus. grOCAD’s aim is to increase healthy food accessibility, encourage discourse about how plants improve quality of life and heighten awareness to urban agricultural practices.

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1 Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
Website: 
http://www.facebook.com/groups/ocadgrows/
Email: 
ocadgrows@gmail.com
Cost: 
Free

grOCAD Plant Propagation Workshop

grOCAD student group logo
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Do you want to learn how to make new plants out of your existing house plants/garden plants?
Do you want to learn about the air-purifying qualities of house plants in a window farm?
Do you want to meet other students interested in gardening and caring for plant life?

Attend grOCAD's Plant Propagation Workshop!

ABOUT GROCAD:
grOCAD is an open group of students, faculty and staff collaborating to develop urban agriculture on and off campus, exploring themes of biophillia, food security and community building through plant life. We believe that the natural world and the human world are one and the same, and work to bridge this constructed divide in daily life. grOCAD is involved in on-campus installations, research, promotion of student and community work, gallery shows and publications relating to sustainable urbanism.

Find out more about this OCAD University student group or others: www.ocadu.ca/studentgroups

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone (Level 1), 122 St. Patrick Street (SPA)
Email: 
ocadgrows@gmail.com
Cost: 
Free

Designers showcased at international Milan exhibition

Man stands before a pop-up pylon
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 4:00am

OCAD University is the only Canadian post-secondary institution exhibiting at this month’s international Design to Feed the World show at Cumulus Milan 2015. The university is represented by five design-focused projects:  

  • Pillflowers – Professor Lynne Heller’s portrayal of the omnipresence and abundance of pharmaceuticals in contemporary life
  • Earthbag – An exploration – by Inclusive Design master’s student Rushmita Alam – of jute’s potential to replace plastics for preserving and transporting food
  • Come Eat With Us – The Material Art & Design program’s artistic reflection on the historical relationship with food and utensils
  • Ninutik – Professor Dianne Croteau and Richard Brault’s designs for maple-sugar food and related packaging
  • grOCAD – OCAD U’s student-led incubator for urban agricultural projects

OCAD U’s exhibition materials – pop-up pylons made of recyclable cardboard – were installed on site by Industrial Design student Tom Doughty. A member of grOCAD and a research assistant with the Digital Media, Research + Innovation Institute, Doughty was impressed by the range of the other exhibits inside Milan’s Fabbrica del Vapore. “It was great to see such high-calibre international work – from New York to Pretoria, and from across Europe. I was especially impressed by the theoretical sophistication of the European contributions, as well as the integration of urban and rural in many historic European cities, which bridges the divide between farm and city that’s often present in Canada.”

Design to Feed the World brings together projects by students and research teams from academic institutions that belong to Cumulus (the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media). The exhibition was inspired by Expo Milano 2015’s theme “Feeding the Planet – Energy for Life,” and sought to highlight the place of design in the broad world of nutrition. Because Canada did not have a presence at Expo Milano, OCAD U’s participation in Cumulus was a rare opportunity to feature Canadian innovations.

 

 

grOCAD grows green to support sustainability

Photo of multiple plants

A group of art and design activists, the cleverly named grOCAD includes OCAD University students, faculty and administrators. The student union-funded group hosts workshops and lectures to promote and support community building around issues of urban sustainability. Member Tom Doughty, a fourth-year Industrial Design student, says, “We’re a community of people who take grassroots action to make OCAD U more sustainable. We work with what’s around us to make things better.”

What grOCAD members work with most often are plants. “The idea is that our environment can only be improved by creating a greater interface with plant life. Plants can be food and help to purify the air, but we can also learn from plants about how to be responsible by taking care of them and, through that, how to take care of each other as well,” says Doughty.

Since 2012, grOCAD members have organized various workshops on hanging gardens, aquaponics and window farms. Their inaugural workshop was part of OCAD U’s first urban ecologists conference and they have also participated in shows at Onsite gallery. Many of their endeavours address the question: How can we work with nature in increasingly dense urban environments?

“One of grOCAD’s cool initiatives is the Learning Zone Sustainability Program,” says Doughty. “It’s a materials trading post where students can donate and pick up new or used art supplies.” He acknowledges the “incredible support” of Marta Chudolinska, OCAD U’s Learning Zone librarian.

Upcoming projects for grOCAD include another hanging garden workshop with students in the new Life Studies minor. Some of these gardens have been used to make natural dyes. Students grow and then dry the plants, boil them down and make their own dyes, without additives. Textile arts students are particularly interested in this technique in order to reduce the carbon footprint of their work.

All workshops are open to the public. For more information, check out their Facebook page, tumblr site or visit the Learning Centre in person. Doughty says grOCAD is always looking for enthusiastic people who are passionate about urban sustainability.

Terreform ONE: Lecture with Nikki Musina

Poster Image
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 11:30pm

On Bees, Pollinators, and Insect Wonders with grOCAD

Terreform ONE (Open Network Ecology) is a New York-based design group that promotes environmentally conscious urban planning. Its projects are an exciting mixture of architecture, landscape, urban design, biology, engineering and art and it is dedicated to finding innovative solutions for sustainability in energy, transportation, city infrastructure and waste management. The works featured in this exhibition at Onsite [at] OCAD U highlight Terreform ONE’s interest in incorporating living organisms in design, and advancing the notion of sustainability beyond a popularized mainstream rhetoric. www.terreform.org

Wednesday, February 5, 6:30 P.M.
Lecture with Nikki Musina on Bees, Pollinators, and Insect Wonders with grOCAD
From the aquatic environment of Lake Victoria in Kenya to an agricultural operation in an almond field in California to the tomato plants in your own backyard, insects are teaming in every ecosystem across all geographical settings. Their importance is manifest in their roles in pollination and the sustaining of food webs, their interactions with plants leading to close-knit evolutionary co-developments, and their many political and ecological entanglements. Come learn about the insects that support and change our planet. Hosted by Alex McLaren and Che Chi Liu of grOCAD.

Gallery Hours
Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.
Free and Open to the General Public

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Image: BIO CITY MAP OF 11 BILLION: World Population in 2110 (Detail), Mitchell Joachim, Nurhan Gokturk, Melanie Fessel, Maria Aiolova, Oliver Medvedik

Venue & Address: 
Onsite [at] OCAD U 230 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/onsite &nbsp;
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 ext.265
Cost: 
Free

Terreform ONE: Terrarium workshop with grOCAD

Event Poster
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 11:30pm

Biological Urbanism: An Opera of Disciplines from Architecture, Landscape, Urban Design, Biology, Engineering and Art

Terreform ONE (Open Network Ecology) is a New York-based design group that promotes environmentally conscious urban planning. Its projects are an exciting mixture of architecture, landscape, urban design, biology, engineering and art and it is dedicated to finding innovative solutions for sustainability in energy, transportation, city infrastructure and waste management. The works featured in this exhibition at Onsite [at] OCAD U highlight Terreform ONE’s interest in incorporating living organisms in design, and advancing the notion of sustainability beyond a popularized mainstream rhetoric. www.terreform.org

Wednesday, January 29, 6:30 P.M.
Terrarium workshop with grOCAD
Want to make your own little green world? Join us and create your personal, creative terrarium, a little piece of oasis in jars for your indoor spaces. Learn the tips and tricks on growing moss, lichen and air plants. Best way to grow for beginners or Black Thumbs as they are super low maintenance varieties! Hosted by Che Chi Liu, Tom Doughty and Mary Ma of grOCAD.

Gallery Hours
Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.
Free and Open to the General Public

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Image: BIO CITY MAP OF 11 BILLION: World Population in 2110 (Detail), Mitchell Joachim, Nurhan Gokturk, Melanie Fessel, Maria Aiolova, Oliver Medvedik

Venue & Address: 
Onsite [at] OCAD U 230 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/onsite &nbsp;
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
<p>416-977-6000 ext.265</p>
Cost: 
Free
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