Yearly Archives: 2017

How I Food-Waste’d My Summer in NWT: Recycling and Composting in Canada’s North

[caption id="attachment_3295" align="alignright" width="300"] Worm composter at home in Yellowknife NWT.[/caption] Dealing with the wasted food and discarded packaging that comes out of our kitchens may not be the prettiest part of our food system, but I think a household worm composter with those little squirmy creatures turning food scraps into black gold (soil rich…

Art in the Garden

“Art in the Garden” is a collaborative project between Halton Community Housing Corporation (HCHC), Halton Food Council (HFC), ArtHouse and social agencies in Halton Region with the goal of teaching life skills, in particular gardening, to children in disadvantaged communities. To date, HFC has built and helped manage six community gardens within the community housing…

Preparing potted gardens for the winter

Potted gardens are a great alternative to backyard gardening, especially if space is constrained. But what do you do when winter comes? Re-using the soil for the next season may seem like a no-brainer. But there are few things to keep in mind when preparing your potting soil for next season. Before explaining what to…

Meals that Heal: Halton Healthcare Sources Local Food

Everybody wins when Halton Healthcare buys local. “Many of our fruits and vegetables come from just down the road in Niagara,” explains Marianne Katusin, Food Service Manager, “so they arrive fresh and tasty for our patients.” Local is also good for the environment. The short 100 kilometre journey from Niagara means a truckload of vegetables…

Turn local squash into a sweet treat

Squash is abundant this time of year! Instead of making soup or a savoury dish, why not turn your squash into a sweet cake. Winter squash is a great source of beta-carotene and potassium. Beta-carotene is what gives winter squash is orange and yellow hues. Many winter squashes are considered an orange vegetable. Canada’s Food…

Savour 4 Local Fall Events

It may not feel like fall is in the air yet, but it certainly is in the calendar – and here are some fall food and fun events in the Region to add to your calendar! We’ve only listed a few highlights, so, as always, check the Halton Region’s Farms & Markets page for more…

Building Your Own Pallet Garden (part 4)

All good things must come to an end, and so it is with the summer and my pilot project with the pallet garden. It’s been a great experience to be able to share the results with you as the guilt joy of knowing others were counting on regular updates kept me on my toes. Although…

Creamy, Pan-fried Kale Recipe

I wouldn’t say this about many vegetable recipes, but I would almost die to this kale recipe. It’s creamy, garlicky and pairs nicely with potatoes, roasts and all things fall. Not to mention, kale is considered a dark, leafy green. Canada’s Food Guide recommends we have at least one dark green vegetable each day. For…

Introducing New Halton Food Council Members

Over the course of the summer we have been delighted to welcome 7 new board members to the Halton Food Council team, which brings our total number of directors to 13. Our new members are from Burlington, Milton and Oakville and bring valuable expertise in non-profit governance, food security and access, community gardening, farming education…

Home Hydroponics: Growing Food Over Winter

Gardening at home is a satisfying hobby that creates local, healthy and sustainable produce. But as the cold weather starts to set in, gardeners may be planning, or beginning to clear out garden beds in preparation for next spring and also overcoming the end of growing season. Luckily, the fall and winter seasons don’t have…