Monthly Archives: March 2017

A journey: Agriculture in Viet Nam and Thailand

As the Agricultural Liaison Officer for Halton Region, I have a passion for agriculture and have been enrolled in the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP) for the last year and a half. AALP is a two year executive development program that attracts those interested in shaping the future of the agriculture and food industry as…

Join our Community Gardens Team

Community Garden Program Leads Number of positions available: 2 Location: 6 community garden sites in Oakville and Burlington Contract position: 12-14 hours/week Contract period: May 1-September 15, 2017 (depending on funding) The Halton Food Council (HFC) is an independent, volunteer-based non-profit organization representing a broad range of sectors and interests across the food system in…

Oakville’s Pilgrim Wood Public School joins the Great Big Crunch movement

Since 2008, over 1,000,000 crunchers have participated in the Great Big Crunch, “an annual moment of anti-silence where everyone gets together and bites into crunchy fresh local produce in unison. The symphony is loud, whether you munch on apples or carrots.” (FoodShare) On Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 2pm, there was a loud reverberation heard…

How gardening can make you an environmentalist

Growing plants and vegetables is one of the greenest things you can do. Gardening can help reduce your environmental footprint, but it also highlights the interconnectedness of all the different parts of an ecosystem. To have a successful garden, a gardener needs to understand the relationships between soil, plants, biodiversity, climate, and water. In doing…

Save May 30th for our upcoming Food Waste Symposium

In partnership with Sustain Ontario, the Ontario Food Collaborative and Country Heritage Park and supported by Riverstone Branding, we will be hosting a full day event at Country Heritage Park in Milton. Our symposium will explore policies and practices to reduce food waste in the food chain. Please mark your calendar and stay tuned for…

Save your leftovers for this cheesy frittata

Leftovers are timesavers and can be added to many dishes. Try adding leftover vegetables to soups, stews or stir frys. Leftover rice works great in traditional fried rice. Meat that is leftover can be used in quesadillas, wraps or sandwiches. Leftovers work great for lunches or for quick weeknight dinners. Try this veggie frittata for…

Art in the Garden

To cultivate. We use this verb to speak of growth and potential. To cultivate a garden means to prepare for growth: to tend the soil in a way that anticipates the needs of the plants and provides them room, nutrients, and the capacity to flourish. To cultivate culture, means to nurture what is best in…

Celebrate March break with sweet local food adventures

March is a great month for some sweet local food adventures. It's the time of year where spring is in sight, sap is moving in our maple trees, and rich maple syrup is flowing straight into my belly! As far as I'm concerned, there are only two seasons in Halton: maple, and not maple. This…

Vermicompost for your veggies

They’re slimy and wriggly and gross looking. But worms might just be one of the best things you can have in your garden. Many gardeners gauge the health of their soils by the number of worms living in them. And the reason? Worms make worm castings – vermicompost – a highly valuable plant food that…

Get energized with these no-bake snack bites!

These easy energy bites make a great snack for when you are on the go. The fibre from the oats and protein from the nut butter will help to keep you full! Ready in: 10 minutes plus 30 minutes chill time Makes: 20-25 energy bites Ingredients: 1 cup plain oats 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes…