Gardens, gardens and more gardens! Ecosource has been supporting two Brampton organizations in developing community gardens of their own. The garden projects at Regeneration Brampton and Services and Housing in the Province’s Henderson location provide opportunities for Peel residents to take action to strengthen local food systems and connect with the environment.
Regeneration Brampton is transforming harvest from the garden into beautiful meals and products. Along with the preparation of their much sought-after hot sauce, Regeneration Brampton participants have expanded their line of value-added products to include calendula and beeswax salves and essential oil body sprays. This month at the Henderson garden, we will make kale pesto with residents. We will enjoy this pesto now and store extra for the winter. Yum!
These two projects are generously supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
You can’t help but smile when you visit our new home at St. Hilary Elementary School! Our new facility is fully accessible, and includes raised beds, log seating, outdoor blackboards, and a commercial kitchen. Our vision is to create a vibrant community hub where residents can learn about local food systems and connect with the environment.
As a Good Food Organization, Ecosource is part of a national network of community food organizations dedicated to ending food insecurity. Ecosource’s new facility is designed to advance this work in Mississauga by offering:
- Enhanced hands-on gardening and local food literacy programs;
- Increased access to fresh, organic fruits and vegetables;
- Culinary skills training for children, youth and families;
- Youth training and employment in our food-based social enterprises;
- And much more!
With the renovations just complete, our team is busy planning new programs for 2019 to engage all ages. Stay tuned for updates!
Who says the month of spook can’t also be sustainable? This Waste Reduction Month, let’s try to create less waste during our Halloween celebrations! Here are some tips to help you:
- Do not use plastic items and plastic containers for trick or treating – use pillow cases or cloth bags you already have
- Buy your costume from a thrift store or reuse clothes from home to make a costume
- Buy treats that come in recyclable packaging
- Roast pumpkin seeds from your Jack-O-Lantern for a delicious and healthy snack
- Compost pumpkins you are not using
Join us for the last session of Growing for Our Good on October 2nd at our Iceland Teaching Garden and help grow food for local food banks. All ages welcome, no gardening experience necessary. Community service hours are available for students. Click here to learn more.
Terra Cotta Fall Festival (October 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th; 11 am – 5 pm)
Celebrate local food, drink and entertainment, all inspired by nature, at Terra Cotta Conservation Area’s Fall Fest.
Region of Peel Community Open House (October 20th; 10 am – 2 pm)
The Region of Peel is hosting a Community Open House at the Peel Integrated Waste Management Facility (7795 Torbram Rd, Brampton). This is a kid-friendly event where families will be able to see what goes on behind the scenes at the recycling facility and will have the chance to experience interactive displays and games.
Caledon Wellness Fall Planting Event (October 27th; 10 am – 12 pm)
Celebrate fall with Toronto Region Conservation Authority by planting native trees and shrubs to improve the natural habitat for wildlife. Participants will also help pick up litter from the green space and learn about the Young Tree and Shrub Monitoring program.