Pawpaw Parade Host Application Form - 2022 | Carolinian Canada

Pawpaw Parade Popup Application Form - 2022

Join The Parade - Seeking Partners Big and Small to Host Pawpaw Parade Pickup Locations

Bigger than Ever - This Year's Parade Will Distribute 250+ Pawpaw Trees!

Go Wild Grow Wild

Please complete the following application to host a community popup event as part of the fourth annual Pawpaw Parade.

Carolinian Canada is seeking partners big and small to help create a new harvest celebration! Let's make October pawpaw month - in the spirit and practice of reconciliation, we are inviting both Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups to help bring the pawpaw back to southern Ontario. As a Pawpaw Parade host, your group will serve as a popup stop for your community, distributing pairs of pawpaw trees and other materials.

Inviting Indigenous Groups and Communities

Each year, the Pawpaw Parade has visited different Indigenous communities across the Carolinian Zone. Apply below to plant a community garden, host a community giveaway, or suggest your own project!

Pawpaw Parade Hosts are Carolinian Zone Champions - Pawpaw Parade Host Benefits

  1. Be a hub for your community - as a Pawpaw Parade Host, you will be bringing together members of your community to help bring this extrordinary tree back to the land.
  2. Garden Party Kit - Celebrate with your members and volunteers! Every pawpaw parade host will recieve everything they need to throw their own garden party with a Healing Gardens - Garden Party Kit. Includes educational materials, native plant seed packs, and special bonus materials.
  3. Bonus plants - All extra plants will be yours to keep! All pawpaw parade hosts will recieve extra plants to make sure there are enough to distribute to the community. Any extra plants can be used as you see fit - you can give them away through your Garden Party, plant a small orchard at a local school, donate them to an Indigenous partner / community, throw your own fundraiser, etc.
  4. Virtual training – Learn about promoting native plants and where to get them. Learn about even more Carolinian Canada programs you can get involved in like, In The Zone, the Carolinian Canada Big Picture, Conservation Impact Bonds and more  
  5. In Person Training and Healing Garden tour - We will invite your representatives to an in-person training event in London, On, where you will learn how to care for your Pawpaws prior to your parade event.
  6. Raise your Profile - Access Carolinian Canada's Network
    • Carolinian Canada will feature your organization in press materials, advertising campaigns, and media interviews.
    • As a parade host, we will help you create a Virtual Pawpaw Popup Stop where you can tell our network about your community’s relationship with native plants. You can also links to your own pages, blogs, and events year-round, and we will promote your news and events to our network. Carolinian Canada's website, social media and email network serves over 40,000 unique visitors yearly.
  7. Year-round recognition
  8. Be first-in-line for future projects, funding and the Conservation Impact Bond
  9. VIP invitations to future events and the Carolinian Canada AGM
  10. Complimentary CCC group seedling membership

Host confirmation is contingent on board approval of Carolinian Canada Coalition membership (fee waived for Pawpaw Popup Hosts). Previous hosts, exhibitors, and member groups in good standing are pre-approved. We may not be able to accept all board-approved applications due to limited pawpaw availability.

Applications received after Sunday, August 14, 2022 will be considered for next year's Pawpaw Parade.

We Live on Traditional Territories

We live on the traditional territories of many nations including the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee, the Lunaapeew, the Wendat and the Mississauga. We acknowledge the inherent and treaty rights of the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island including the many diverse First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples who live here now. We commit to the teachings of the Two Row Wampum and the One Dish One Spoon Wampum; and our duty to reconcile, learn more and create safe spaces for Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives to meet and discuss the issues that matter to everyone.

Many Indigenous Nations call the Carolinian Zone home, and have long historic treaties and ties to this land. The First Nations that call southwestern Ontario home include; Aamjiwnaang First Nation, Bkejwanong Walpole Island First Nation, Caldwell First Nation, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, The Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, Munsee Delaware Nation, Eelünaapéewi Lahkéewiit (Delaware Nation at Moraviantown), the Mississauga of the Credit, Six Nations and Oneida Nation of the Thames.