The Community Roots project encouraged individuals in Peel to support a healthy and sustainable environment through urban agriculture, youth leadership in social enterprise, education and neighbourhood action projects. These initiatives allowed residents to connect with the environment, understand their impact, and take action to improve the health and food security of their communities.
About the Project
Ecosource’s Community Roots project provided support to community groups and schools across Peel in food system education and sustainability action projects. Through the project, we grew organic food and provided food system education and skills training at our Iceland Teaching Garden. The food we grew was donated to local food banks including Eden Food For Change, Seva Food Bank, and Peel Aboriginal Network, and sold through our #GrownInMississauga social enterprise. All proceeds from produce sales helped support community programs. The Community Roots program was generously supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
What’s Happening Right Now?
Free food system education field trips and workshops
We offer free hands-on educational field trips to our Iceland Teaching Garden and community garden sites. We also offer free on-site workshops for schools and community groups. To learn more, click here.
Growing for Our Good
The Growing for Our Good skills training program is open to community members and runs throughout the growing season. Each session will focus on different sustainable cultivation techniques, soil building strategies, and food systems issues. For more information, click here.
We’re selling our #GrownInMississauga produce! Our produce is grown by the community at our Iceland Teaching Garden. We sell our produce to school hospitality programs, restaurants (Studio 89), and at local famer’s market throughout the growing season. Learn more about what Farmer’s Markets we will attend this season. All proceeds from produce sales help support community programs offered through Community Roots.
Local Food Ambassadors
If you are a youth and have a passion for local food, become a Local Food Ambassador! Ambassadors play an important role in helping us grow food at the Iceland Teaching Garden, promoting the importance of local food in the community, and selling #GrownInMississauga produce at farmers’ markets. This is a great opportunity to work towards high school volunteer hours and gain leadership skills in community development. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to become an Ambassador.
Sustainability Action Projects
Ecosource is supporting two community-led sustainability action projects to provide marginalized neighbourhoods increased access to nature and food-growing skills.
We have regular gardening events happening at various locations in the community, including all of our garden locations. See our events page for upcoming events.
If you are interested in learning more about our Community Roots project, email email@example.com or call 905-274-6222 ext. 303.