By Nicole Czorny
Like kids at a candy store, the Don Valley Girls explored the Evergreen Brick Works with our rain boots and water bottles in tow.
A truly breathtaking space, Evergreen Brick Works mixes education, nature and fun to inspire and equip visitors with the knowledge to live, work and play more sustainably.
With interactive gardens, yoga classes, a farmers and garden market, and new events happening every week, the Brick Works is a showcase for adaptive-reuse, environmental education and green building design.
Before Evergreen transformed the deteriorating buildings of the Don Valley Brick Works in 2008, the collection of 16 heritage factory buildings were a playground for urban explores, graffiti artists and partygoers. During the Great Depression, the site even became an impromptu homeless shelter on cold bitter nights.
Faces of former Don Valley Brick Works workers and graffiti
cover the walls of the Kiln, where the bricks would dry and cure.
Evidence of the machinery, kilns and bricks used to build Toronto from the ground-up and are incorporated into every aspect and design of the Brick Works, with flowers and vegetable gardens in flower beds made from old bricks.
A model for social enterprise, Evergreen Brick Works is able to succeed by generating revenue through its innovative programs like the Evergreen Gardens native plant nursery.
The Don Valley Girls highly recommend visiting the Evergreen Brick Works for yourself, as words cannot explain what an amazing and innovative space it really is.