From weekly farmers' markets to a food truck block party, the Evergreen Brickworks is giving Toronto an edge in sustainable community events.
Evergreen is a national charity aimed at making cities more liable by empowering Canadians to take a hands-on approach within their urban environments.
Focusing on tree-planting and urban agriculture initiatives, Evergreen boasts the Brickworks as its most innovative project to date.
Beginning in 2002 and continuing today, Evergreen took on the Brickworks project with hopes of transforming the Don Valley factory from a collection of deteriorating heritage buildings into an international showcase for urban sustainability.
Beyond being a venue for events that draw together like-minded communities, the Brickworks is a social enterprise. All purchases from the farmers markets, cafes, and even the parking meters, helps deliver accessible community programs to cities. The Brickworks provides a social and environmental return to the community in the form of events, programs, and services that promote health and wellness to both individuals and the environment they live in.
The Brickworks is at the forefront of Toronto's environmental, economic and social sustainability movement.
Claire Lipson is a site animator at the Evergreen Brickworks and the curator for The Clothing Swap, an event held at the community centre on Sunday.
"I wanted to promote environmentalism through consumption," Lipson told thedailyplanet.com. "Using used clothes as new clothes is a great way to participate in sustainability."
Thedailyplanet.com reporters Amy Weinstein and Liz Caven checked out The Clothing Swap to see how the community centre reaches out to Toronto communities and touches people from all walks of life - from fashion frenzied shoppers to those needing a hand to make the transition from addiction to achievement.