Since 2009, Shoresh has operated the Kavanah Garden beside UJA’s Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus in Vaughan. This beautiful half-acre garden is located on Toronto and Region Conservation Authority land and backs onto five acres of conservation land. At the Kavanah Garden, children and adults participate in experiential programs rooted in Jewish text, tradition, and values, and designed to elicit experiences of awe in response to the wonders of the natural world.
All of the food grown at the Kavanah Garden is used in programming or donated to community members in need through our community tzedakah partnerships.
ADDRESS AND DIRECTIONS:
The Kavanah Garden is located on Lebovic Campus Drive, just west of Ilan Ramon Blvd. Click here for a map of our location.
When driving north to the Kavanah Garden, go north on Bathurst Street, past Rutherford Road. Turn left on Lebovic Campus Drive. Drive 1.5 blocks (you will pass the Schwartz/Reisman Centre on your left as well as Ilan Ramon Blvd). The Kavanah Garden will be on your left hand side, identifiable by our entrance gate and sign. Street parking is available. Please be careful when crossing the road.
KAVANAH GARDEN FEATURES:
Shoresh’s Kavanah Garden was first opened in 2009 as a pilot project. In 2013, with grant funding from UJA’s SixPoints Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund, we moved the garden to its permanent home on Lebovic Campus Drive, just east of the ravine lands. Located on a half acre adjacent to five acres of conservation land, Shoresh’s award-winning garden features:
- Over 100 varieties of organic vegetables, herbs, fruits, and wildflowers;
- Havdallah spice garden;
- Community orchard;
- Nature pavilion;
- Raised wheelchair-accessible garden beds;
- Compost demonstration site;
- Native pollinator garden spaces;
- Educational signage in Hebrew and English;
- Meditative prayer spaces;
- And more!
Land Acknowledgement – Where are We?
The Kavanah Garden is situated on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunne, the Ojibway/Chippew, the Huron-Wendat, the Anishinabek, and the Mississaugas of the Credit River.
Kavanah Garden is located within the area of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between peoples in the Great Lakes region to peaceably share and care for the natural resources.
In line with this vision of communal responsibility to each other and all of nature, Shoresh exists to nurture a regional Jewish community that sees environmental ethics as a core element of Jewish identity, and is actively committed to responsible stewardship of the earth.
Today, the meeting place of Toronto (from the Haudenosaunee word Tkaronto) is still home to many Indigenous people from across the continent of Turtle Island.
The land at the Kavanah Garden is now protected by the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority and stewarded by Shoresh. In addition to diverse plant and animal species, the forest contains a tributary of the Don River, which eventually flows into lake Ontario.