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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…

Win a Chance for a Free Composter

Thank you to everyone who entered our May contest and to Halton Region for providing the composters. SurveyMonkey Quiz Answers What are three ingredients used to make compost tea? Water, compost, molasses What is one benefit of a pallet garden? Any of the benefits listed in the blog. Name one health benefit of rhubarb. Any of the benefits listed…

Homemade Compost Tea that Your Plants will Love

What is compost tea and how do you make it? People like to drink tea for its health benefits and pleasant taste. Plants like tea as well – just a different kind, one that’s steeped in compost. Every seasoned gardener knows the benefits that compost has on the soil food web and the health of…

Celebrate Spring with a Rhubarb Chutney

With its bright green leaves and ruby red stalks, rhubarb is springtime in plant form. As tasty as those leaves look they are not safe for consumption. Rhubarb leaves contain oxalic acid which can irritate the mouth and can be fatal.1 If you are growing rhubarb, be careful if you have pets. Technically a vegetable,…

Learn how to build your own pallet garden

Have you ever wondered what the opposite of a green thumb is? I have. A quick google search delivers the insight of the urban dictionary with the following: Black Thumb - A wannabe gardener who kills plants. Opposite of green thumb. Example: “I have killed all the plants in my house. I must have a…

Policies, Practices, & Partnerships: Reducing Food Waste Symposium – May 30

FoodThinkers - You are invited to attend the Policies, Practices, & Partnerships: Reducing Food Waste Symposium on May 30th. We will be hosting this full day event in partnership with Sustain Ontario, the Ontario Food Collaborative and Country Heritage Park and supported by Riverstone Branding, the Ontario Produce Marketing Association, and The Printing House at Country Heritage Park…

Save May 30 – Policies, Practices, and Partnerships: Reducing Food Waste Symposium

FoodThinkers - You are invited to attend this full day event hosted by the Halton Food Council in partnership with Sustain Ontario, the Ontario Food Collaborative, and Country Heritage Park. The symposium will kick off with keynote speaker, Dr. Martin Gooch, CEO/Partner of VCM International. It will be an opportunity to learn more about the Waste-Free Ontario…

HFC on the Farm!

Standing in their greenhouse, munching on garlic shoots and lemon balm leaves that were growing around us, David Beyers shared the story of Beyers & Jacks Organics with us – from their aim of always more sustainability, to their love/hate relationship with challenges. The brothers, David and Meiring, along with Joel Porter, their assistant farmer,…

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…