Monthly Archives: October 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…