Category Archives: Our FoodPrint

Easy Vegetable Broth

This easy vegetable broth is made entirely of leftovers from holiday meal prep! So, grab those celery leaves, those carrot tops, that kale no one eats before they go to the compost and extract all the nutrients you can. What We Use In Our Vegetable Broth: any veggies that may have gotten a bit sad…

How to Make the Most of Holiday Leftovers

It's the most wonderful time of the year! And that means spending valuable time with friends and family, enjoying delicious food at holiday parties, and celebrating! With leftovers and “food waste” often high, and so many diversions and parties to go to, we sometimes forget to take only what we can finish, especially when buffets, and potlucks taunt us at…

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…

Council launches the Journey of Wasted Food: A teachers’ tool kit

In February 2017, we launched our first food waste education tool kit for grades 4-6. It is designed to engage primary school students to better understand the importance and impact of food waste, with the goal of inspiring them to reduce food waste both at school and at home. The tool kit is part of…

Minimizing our food waste this Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, October is the time to be grateful for the farmers and the cooks who bring food to our table every single day. And what better way to celebrate the local bounty than sharing a feast with our family and friends? But Thanksgiving is also a time to reflect on…

Gleaning: UnWasted Food

The topic of food waste has been on our radar at the Halton Food Council, and we are not the only ones! While some countries, such as Italy, have developed policies, Canadian Bill C-231 Fight Against Food Waste Act passed through its first reading in February 2016. The bill aims to develop a national strategy…

Ugly Fruits and Veggies … Beauty is Only Skin Deep

As you start to harvest fruits and veggies from your home or community garden, it is very likely that you will come across an “imperfect” one. Perhaps it is a misshapen radish, a deformed strawberry, or a cracked tomato. More commonly known as ugly fruits and veggies, they are cosmetically not quite the same as…

The voyage of an orange peel label from waste to “compost”

Remember those oranges in the rainbow fruit salad that was a hit at your last Sunday afternoon party? Compliments about the flavour and the texture of the oranges were pouring in from your guests. Now, do you remember what you did with the orange peel? You threw it in the green bin and it never…

Virtual water is a real food problem

Did you know that the average Canadian consumes 6400 litres of water per day?[1] That means every week, you are consuming enough water to fill a 12x24 foot pool, and every year, you will fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Everything you consume has a certain amount of water embodied in it. The cotton for your…

Why love your leftovers?

In April, many people around the world celebrate Earth Day by trying to reduce their impact on the environment. When you think about your carbon footprint, what comes to mind? The car you drive, the home you live in, the trips you take? These are important parts of your personal impact on the environment, but…