Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Grades 2 and 3 students from Lord Dufferin Jr. & Sr. public school got an introduction to the icky business of vermicomposting—the art of turning worm poo into fertilizer—at the Christian Resource Centre in Regent Park.

The class was invited to the Centre at 40 Oat St. in January for a compost-bin-building and worm-sharing workshop hosted by the Regent Park Community Food Centre (RPCFC). It was supported by Toronto Compost Leaders, a network of groups promoting composting.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

YIMBY pairs people who want to garden with those who have property

Romance and matchmaking are bright spots on the radar as we head into the stretch toward Valentine’s Day.

Eligible gardeners are no exception.

I once invited listeners to my former radio show to call in, with their credentials, if they were looking for a gardening mate. So they did, and told me about their gardening interests and what they were looking for in a like-minded gardener.

Monday, January 18, 2016

NorWest Co-op Community Food Centre received a 2015 Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Award on Jan. 6 at the Manitoba Legislative Building.

According to a provincial press release, the awards honour "people, projects and ideas that successfully turn the province’s principles and guidelines of sustainable development into concrete and lasting achievements."

The community food centre won in the sustainable community category for its work on food skills development and accessibility to healthy food.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Chefs for Change brings together some of Canada’s most inventive chefs for a mid-winter feast

Some of Canada’s best chefs have organized a five-night dinner series to help thaw its guests’ possibly frozen social life, as well as build healthy food access in low-income communities.
Dubbed Chefs for Change, the net profits from the mid-winter feasts will support the work ofCommunity Food Centres Canada (CFCC).

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

On December 7, Community Food Centres Canada and First Canadian Place took a major step towards curbing Canadian food insecurity. From November 29 to December 4, First Canadian Place pledged to match 10% of sales in their newly redesigned and relaunched Food Terrace. The result? A $25,000 gift, split between CFCC and the Regent Park Community Food Centre.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

When a new batch of teens walk into the kitchen at the Local Community Food Centre their skills might be a bit raw, but after 12 weeks they'll be perfectly done.

The LCFC has run four sessions of the Seed, Feed and Lead program in a year with kids and youth ranging in age from as young as seven years old. What happens over the three months is transformative.

“About half way through it's like something clicks and their productivity increases and their skill level does too,” said Liz Mountain, food skills coordinator at LCFC.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

When I first leafed through the just-released cookbook Goodness, I couldn’t immediately see a common thread among contributors.

There are recipes from Keith Froggett, executive chef at Toronto’s Scaramouche, which is listed among the world’s top 50 restaurants, and Ned Bell, chef at Vancouver’s Yew and whose recipe for Dungeness Crab Tacos was recently featured in the New York Times.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Goodness, as far as food words go, is an excellent choice for a cookbook name.

In the case of Goodness: Recipes & Stories by Toronto’s Peter and Chris Neal, you’ll find goodness on multiple levels. There are good recipes here, obviously. The recipes come from a curated list of Canadians who are fighting the good fight for food justice. Buying this book will funnel money to a very good cause.