Category Archives: Agriculture

A Touch of Nature Vegetables – Winter 2019

I don’t know how Santa was able to drive his sleigh this Christmas without the snow, but I was happy to be able to tidy up my backyard in the mild weather. We even sat around fire one night toasting marshmallows and I collected the ash next day to be used later around the plants.…

December 2018 – The Garden Journey, Ritu Saxena

December has come, and despite what the weather looks like, there has been a lot to do and talk about in the garden. I am not sure if I can sum it all up here, but I will try my best! I started another small plot near my home and have prepared the land for the…

The Garden Journey with Ritu Saxena

This is the first post from The Garden Journey, a series of guest editorials from new urban farmer Ritu Saxena. This earth, so touchingly looked upon and revered as the Universal Mother, has nurtured mankind for billions of years. Perhaps, these tenets left an indelible impression on a young girl who matured into a woman called Ritu…

Winter is Coming … Prepping Your Garden for Winter

Prepping Your Garden for Winter – Cover Cropping and Sheet Mulching Winter is coming … and it’s a great time to start prep for the coming year, whether that means planting crops that improve the soil, or readying the garden for a fallow season, here are some easy ways to get your garden ready. Cover…

Working in Community Gardens

Halton Food Council has been active in many community gardens, running workshops with kids of all ages. Two of our staff members, Andrea and Helen, visited Kerr St. Mission as guest speakers to teach a workshop entitled “Life Lessons from the Garden” - all about caring for the garden and each other. Kids of all…

Why We Love Farmers’ Markets

By Megan Haley, 2018 HFC Summer Student Everyday is a great day to visit your local farmers’ market, pick up some fruits and vegetables, maybe even a butter tart.  But what are the benefits of these gatherings, and why do we love them so much? The sense of community created at farmers’ markets is one…

Building Your Own Pallet Garden (part 3)

My mom lives in Toronto and with me being in Oakville, we check in with each other pretty regularly so a typical phone call with her sounds something like this: Mom:    Hi honey. I wanted to see how things are going. Me:        All good. But we just saw each other yesterday. Nothing much going on.…

First Fruit of the Season at Local Halton Farms

Last month I introduced you to Halton Region’s bountiful farmers’ markets -- have you been yet? They are open for the season! (Click here for my list of market locations and opening hours.) The markets are a great place to do your weekly shop and plan meals around the freshest local produce from a variety…

Building your own pallet garden (part 2)

Last month’s article introduced the idea of building a low-cost pallet garden, that would provide a harvest of homegrown vegetables. As the saying goes, the longest journey starts with a single step and, I am pleased to say, the steps have started. Assembling the structure was not nearly as challenging as I expected, although my…

Gardening & agriculture in 1867: What’s changed in 150 years?

What do you think gardening in Ontario was like 150 years ago? The Halton Food Council pondered this question at a recent meeting in light of the upcoming sesquicentennial anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. We thought it would be interesting to highlight what has changed with gardening, and what hasn’t changed. Maybe people grew…