Posts Tagged ‘grOCAD’

grOCAD Exhibition at the Learning Zone

grOCAD Exhibition banner, 2017

grOCAD Exhibition is the latest installation in the Learning Zone. This exhibition highlights grOCAD’s explorations, workshops and on-campus installations focusing on urban agriculture and sustainable practices since the group’s inception in 2011.

grOCAD is one of OCAD University many diverse student groups on campus, with an active interest in community building through plant life.

On exhibit are a small series of colour prints of concept drawings illustrating the creative process behind the works installed on campus, or exhibited at gallery shows.  Projects include the Pedal Farm Exhibition, Living Wall, 3rd iteration of Windowfarm, Moss Exhibition, and raised planters constructed during O-days.

 

The centre piece of this exhibition is the grOCAD banner capturing the collective spirit of the members working together from 2011 to 2016.

On until the end of September.

 

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08 2017

Welcome Back to a New Year at Library Services: Learning Zone!

Windowfarm in the Learning Zone, 2016

What’s new at the Learning Zone for 2017?

The Learning Zone will be hosting upcoming exhibitions including a reading event, and awesome zine workshops exploring creative DIY approaches to zine-making. Career Development Résumé/CV, Portfolio and Interview Skills Drop-In Clinics returns this year, offering professional skill sets that will contribute to your long-term success. Writing Learning Centre (WLC) Drop-in Tutoring Sessions will also be available, providing useful skills for thesis writing, brainstorming, studying for essays to name a few.

Please, join us at the Learning Zone — we always look forward to your visits.

TEXThibit: Exhibition of creative writing by OCAD U students, 2017

A call of submissions for TEXThibit : An Exhibition of Creative Writing by OCAD U Students has been extended to January 30. This exhibition will consist of an visual selection of writings by students at OCAD U, displayed as large format installations on the walls of the Learning Zone Gallery February 2017.  All writing styles are welcomed — submissions of short stories, poetry, non-fiction and anything in between.

grOCAD Plant Sale, January 20, 2017

grOCAD is having a plant sale. Join them Friday January 20, in the lobby of the Main Building. Baby spider plants, aloe and more from the plant propagation workshop held last November in the Learning Zone will be on sale.

 grOCAD is a community of OCAD U students, faculty and staff working together to integrate plant life into our everyday experience by cultivating areas in and around OCAD U’s campus.

Interested in seeing some of grOCAD’s on-going projects? Visit us at the Learning Zone and have a look at grOCAD’s Windowfarm and Aquafarm installations.

Connect with grOCAD’s at grOCAD Public Group | Facebook or email ocadgrows@gmail.com.

Are you looking for space to meet, host workshops or events? Contact us to discuss. The Learning Zone also accepts proposals for solo or group exhibitions. To learn more about our submissions guidelines contact Marta Chudolinska, Learning Zone Librarian, mchudolinska@ocadu.ca or visit http://bit.ly/2joAd3Y for more details.

 

 

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01 2017

grOCAD Plant Propagation Workshop

grOCAD Propagation Workshop. Photo by Marta Chudolinska

Last month, grOCAD held a plant propagation workshop in the Learning Zone with Learning Zone Librarian Marta Chudolinska. Marta shared her experience and expertise in a hands-on demonstration of propagating new plants from one plant.

The basic principles of plant propagation were covered, sharing various methods; cuttings, layering and division.

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Photo by Olivia Grossi

Everyone had an awesome time getting their hands dirty; propagating aloe vera, jade plant leaves, Christmas cactus, plus golden pothos, snake plants and spider plants from grOCAD’s Windowfarm.

We’ll keep you updated on the progress of our new baby plants, and what we’ve learned from the experience.

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Photo by Aruvi Rajassingham

 

Here are some easy steps to follow to propagate snake plant leaf cutting:

  1. Use a sharp, clean utility knife or pair of scissors to remove an entire snake plant leaf
  2. Cut into sections 2 – 4 inches long. Keep track of the top and bottom of the leaves. Leaves will not root if planted upside down
  3. Let the cuttings callus over for a day or two
  4. Place the bottom of the plant into well draining potting soil mix, not to deep
  5. Keep soil moist, not soggy
  6. Do not place leaf in direct sunlight. Keep warm and in brightly lit area

 

grOCAD Propagation Workshop: Snake Plant leaf cutting

Want to get involved with grOCAD? Visit grOCAD Public Group Facebook!

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.

grOCAD Propagation Workshop

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12 2016

It’s time to get growing!

Finally, it’s growing season and the threat of frost is finally behind us. It’s time to bring out your gardening books, sharpen your tools, ideas and gather seeds, if you have not already.

Gardens, Plants, and Landscape Design Display; OCAD U's Library

Visit OCAD University’s Dorothy H. Hoover Library this month and check out the Gardens, Plants and Landscape Design display featuring a selection of books from the library’s collection from Monet’s garden design and Vita Sackville-West essays to Guerrilla gardening including Middle East Garden traditions. To see more: OCAD U Library LibGuides

OCAD Seed Library

Then drop by Library Services Learning Zone and visit the OCAD Seed Library. The OCAD Seed Library collection has a selection of seeds for you to grow your own culinary garden—it’s not too late! The OCAD Seed Library is partnered with the Toronto Seed Library bringing seeds and seed saving practices to the OCAD U community.

OCAD Zine Library

OCAD Zine Library

Looking for a space to start your garden? You can join Toronto Community Garden Network, do container gardening on your balcony or rooftop or build your own hydroponic window farm.

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06 2015

Hungry For Change? Join David Suzuki’s Blue Dot Tour @ the LZ October 6th 11-1:30 pm

Food_systems_v2_Join us at the Learning Zone Monday October 6th, 11 – 1:30 pm for Our Food Systems—Are You Hungry for Change? Presenting a film screening of NFB’s  Island Green, documentary about Prince Edward Island’s agricultural industry and organic farming by Millefior Clarkes featuring the poem Feed the Soil by P.E.I. singer, songwriter, poet Tanya Davis along with a Livestream panel discussion with environmental activist David Suzuki, The 100-Mile Diet co-author J.B. MacKinnon and food justice expert Utcha Sawyers.

David Suzuki Foundation’s, thebluedot tour is a country wide movement where communities, neighbours and provinces come together to stand up for the right to access clean water, fresh air and healthy food—the Office of Diversity, Equity and Sustainability Initiatives (ODESI) in collaboration with Faculty, The Learning Zone, Student Union and grOCAD are proud to stand with the bluedot tour.

The bluedot tour presentations is jointly hosted by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and Humber College.

Presentation starts at 11:00 am with introductions by Roberto Chiotti, Sustainability Officer, Faculty of Design and Minesh Mandoda, Coordinator, Sustainability Initiatives.

11:15 am – Film Screening of NFB’s Island Green

12:00 pm – Panel Discussion (livestream) featuring David Suzuki, J.B. MacKinnon, Utcha Sawyers

OCAD U’s Student Union’s Hot Lunch Initiative will be providing free food. Food donations will be accepted by the OCAD SU Starving Artist Pantry.

All are welcome.

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10 2014


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