Category Archives: Community Gardens

A Dozen Fun Winter Gardening Ideas

Contributed by Alyson Prokop-Baker, Education and Community Garden Coordinator In the winter months, it's sometimes hard to motivate ourselves to garden, especially if you have a really small house like me (I estimate between my husband and I, our three cats, dog, seven beehives, four fig trees, we have about 650 sq feet of indoor…

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…

Burlington Gardens at their Best!

By Michelle Bohenac, Burlington Instructor Another growing season has come to a close at Walker’s Field Community Garden, and what a plentiful and productive season it was!  Just a few short steps away from their front doors, the lucky residents here had access to a gorgeous array of mouth watering fresh local produce—radish, cucumbers, eggplants,…

Taste of Summer in a Bowl – Salad Recipe

Provided by Michelle Bohanec, Burlington Instructor I have left out the measurements for most of the ingredients in this recipe because really it's up to you.  Mix up the ratio of veggies to your liking, but do adhere to the dressing instructions for the perfect taste of summer in a bowl!   Ingredients: Celery Bell Peppers…

Summery Mango Salsa

I started making this tomato-salsa alternative years ago when I began my career in children's garden education. That summer (and it seems every summer since) the kids were obsessed with mangos, so at their request I found an easy recipe you can make in the garden, at a picnic and especially at home. Kids love the…

Garden Salsa

Nothing beats fresh ripe tomatoes off the vine from the garden you've lovingly tended to all summer long. This easy recipe is a great way to use up any extras you have when you just cannot seem to find enough friends to share them with. Sweet, a little tangy with a hint of spice. I…

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…

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…

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…

Building communities one sprout at a time

“Eating is an agricultural act. Eating ends the annual drama of the food economy that begins with planting and birth. Most eaters, however, are no longer aware that this is true. They think of food as an agricultural product, perhaps, but they do not think of themselves as participants in agriculture.” (Wendell Berry) It is…