CANCELLED – Karma’s Book and Yarn Exchange, March 14 1130-330

In order to help keep our community healthy, we are cancelling this year’s book and yarn exchange. Saturday March 14, 1130 am to 330 pm


Bring in your space hogging books.

If your yarn is just sitting around, bring it in too.

Or come on in and grab some books or yarn.

No need to bring to take.

Hosted by the Social Events Committee

Report from the Social Events Committee: Slow cooker

As Newfoundland was digging out from Snowmageddon on January 18, Toronto caught the tail end of that storm and ended up with a record snowfall for that date (up to 20 cm).
What better day to have a SEC (Social Events Committee) slow cooker hot soup event at Karma?
As members came in through the door, having stamped their feet to dump off excess snow from their boots, they were greeted with the offer of a hot cup of Stefani’s extravagantly delicious squash bean soup.
And if that wasn’t enough to get some members grinning widely from ear to ear, there was also Stefani’s fresh baked cornbread on a plate to go with the soup.
What a way to literally “break the ice”?
Conversation flowed as easily as the soup poured out of the ladle.
Stefani commented that she had intentionally prepared the 3 Sisters: corn, beans, and squash together.
Some people asked why they were called the 3 Sisters.
Corn, beans, and squash are native to the “New World” and have been grown together by First Nations peoples for 3,500 years.
The beans climb up the corn stalks while fixing nitrogen into the soil.
The squash acts like a mulch to keep the earth moist, and its prickly leaves discourage pests.
One big happy family.
For a frame of reference, Stonehenge was being built at about the same time on the other side of the pond.
The 3 Sisters together contain the amino acids needed to create a balanced protein.
Squash seeds provide oil.
So not only are corn, beans, and squash in a healthy cooperative relationship with each other, they are also in relationship with the Earth as they grow,
And then eaten together they are not only verrrry tasty, but nutritious as well!
The soil is a living, breathing community.
How the 3 Sisters could have gotten along so well for at least 3,500 years before the introduction of petro-chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides, is beyond me.
But, then again, that’s the beauty and the mystery of Creation.
Together we are nurtured and kept healthy.

Submitted by Tom Smarda

Tom Smarda, Arel Agnew, Kristy van Beek, John Swaigen

Stefani Brown & Tom Smarda

Karma’s Slow Cooker Soup Tasting, January 18, 11 am – 3 pm


Saturday, January 18, 2020, 11 am to 3 pm


Warm up by sampling Stefani’s easy slow cooker soup recipe. Taste and try it out at home

Hosted by the Social Events Committee

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Report from the Social Events Committee: Karma’s One Of A Kind Market

Today I attended Karma’s One of a Kind Market hosted by the Social Events Committee. It was great!

Paul Decampo from ChocoSol stood beside the cash displaying his wares on the newly donated table, courtesy of Susan Green of the Social Events Committee! He welcomed everyone with sample chunks of fair-trade vegan organic chocolate. As a vegan myself, I don’t use regular commercial chocolate products for obvious reasons, but this time I indulged. Paul also offered nibbles of dried cacao beans as well as coffee with chocolate added. ChocoSol has personal relationships with about 200 cacao growers in southern Mexico. They are paid directly for their produce, and then it’s made into chocolate right here in Toronto.

My connection with them goes back to when they were just starting out. In 2012 we walked from Toronto to Shelburne to draw attention to the proposed mega-quarry which would have destroyed the aquifer in the highlands north of Orangeville. Public outcry stopped the project.

In the members room, additional tables showcased various items, and a warm atmosphere was created to encourage participants to share about themselves, and to get to know each other better.

Janet Patterson displayed her colourfully hand-sewn cloth bags, including a small back-pack, as well as various fold-up cloth holders (for utensils, for example). Just above the bench, hanging on the wall, were astonishingly beautiful mini-comforters she had made. I had entered an art gallery.

Kelly Sprague, a herbalist, sat framed by these hangings. In front of her were various tinctures and plant remedies she had hand-crafted. It was wonderful to share a conversation with Kelly, who has made it a point to allow herself to be transformed by the lessons plants offer.

Laura Coramai is a registered homeopath, who I first met years ago at a Karma Health Fair, She was selling calendars, with pictures of people marching at the recent Climate Strike, that she made as a fundraiser for the Green Party and Annex Cat Rescue. We have both suffered severe cat allergies in the past. Using homeopathy, Laura’s condition improved to the point where she eventually got a cat named Kaboodle. Under Laura’s care at her home “office”, I also developed an allergy-free relationship with her extremely affectionate kitty. Today Laura told me that Kaboodle recently passed away at the age of 17. We shared a few sad moments of grieving together.

Linda Doran, with jars of her homemade fruit preserves for sale in front of her, sat quietly studying for an exam. All proceeds go to help support a local food bank. Without giving it a second thought, I scooped up a couple of jars. I am tempted to try the preserves, but maybe I’ll just give them as gifts.
Upon exiting the members room, I accepted a couple more Chocosol treats from Paul.

Kelly Sprague, the herbalist, later emailed me to say, “Thanks for organizing such a fun event! It was so nice to meet folks and chat, a great day.”

As I said, the event was great!

Submitted by Tom Smarda, on behalf of the Social Events Committee.

Karma’s One Of A Kind Market

Saturday, November 9 and Saturday, December 7, 11 am to 3 pm.

Shop for member made gifts.

Would you like to sell your handmade one of a kinds and eco-wares?

If interested, please contact:

Hosted by the Social Events Committee.




Fall Plant and Seed Exchange with Old-fashioned Cider

Saturday, October 5, 11 am to 3 pm. FREE!

Join in the exchange of all kinds of perennials, seeds, bulbs, indoor plants and gardening tips. You are not required to bring to take.

Enjoy making and tasting old fashioned cider! Bring your windfall apples.

Hosted by the Social Events Committee. For Info Contact:




Karma’s Plant Exchange, Saturday May 25

Saturday, May 25, 11 am to 3 pm


Karma’s popular tradition of sharing plants, seedlings, seeds, and gardening information.

Bring something to share, swap or just take!

Hosted by the Social Events Committee

Karma Spring Wellness Fair, April 28

Saturday, April 27, 11 am to 3 pm

Sample wellness expertise while connecting with your Karma community.

  • Mindfulness sessions
  • Gentle Mitzvah Technique table and chair work
  • Homeopathics

Hosted by the Social Events Committee
We are looking for qualified wellness practitioners.
Please contact

Fall Harvest (Social Events Committee) September 22

Saturday, September 22, 11 am to 3 pm


Join us in sharing your gardening abundance with other Karma members. Bring in your extra tomatoes, peppers, basil, apples, etc. You do not have to bring to take. Share your food gardening tips, successes, and oops failures. Come on out and enjoy the harvest activities!

Hosted by the Social Events Committee

For Info Contact: