We are excited to announce that Ecosource has moved! Our new home at St. Hilary Elementary School (5070 Fairwind Drive, 2nd Floor) is bigger and better, giving us more opportunities to improve access to fresh, organic fruits and vegetables while increasing local food literacy. You too can support the establishment of Ecosource’s Local Food Hub by donating here. We look forward to welcoming you to our new space!
On June 26th, the Peel Environmental Youth Alliance (PEYA) held its Annual General Meeting at South Common Community Centre. We had an amazing crowd of over 50 youth attend to celebrate PEYA’s accomplishments in the 2017-2018 school year, participate in our first-ever open mic focused on youth and the environment, and vote in the next Executive Committee for the 2018-2019 school year. In August, the Committee will attend a leadership retreat to plan PEYA events for the upcoming school year. We can’t wait to see what’s next for PEYA and wish them success in creating sustained environmental change in schools across Peel.
PEYA, a project of Ecosource, is a network of over 1,300 action oriented youth in Peel who are passionate about making positive environmental change. Stay tuned for future event announcements by visiting PEYA’s website and become a follower on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Want to be environment-friendly this summer? Follow these simple steps:
- Stay hydrated – carry a reusable water bottle with you all the time
- Visit your local farmers’ market – get fresh, in-season, local produce
- Reduce your consumption of single use plastics (ask for no straws at restaurants and carry reusable utensils with you)
- Choose non-toxic and mineral-based sunscreen
- Plant native plants in your garden – they require less water and time to keep them beautiful
- Reduce your air conditioning use – close your windows and blinds during the daytime if it is hot and open them at night
- Plant a vegetable garden – reduce the distance your food travels from field to table
- Skip the dryer and hang your clothes outside
- Reduce waste on road trips and camping by preparing food ahead of time and avoiding pre-packaged items
- Get outside – walk, bike, longboard or rollerblade instead of driving
Ecosource’s Play Outdoors Peel program invites children of all ages to play in community gardens across Mississauga!
Tuesday, August 14th
10 am – 12 pm
Iceland Teaching Garden (705 Matheson Blvd. East)
Tuesday, August 28th, 2018
10 am – 12 pm
Churchill Meadows Garden (3715 Thomas Street)
Sessions are FREE and include nature play, garden learning, and healthy snacks. For more information or to register for one or more drop-in sessions, please contact Stephanie Rivera at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-274-6222. Adults must accompany children for the duration of the session.
Backyard Farm & Market (August 11th)
Many Feathers Market (August 26th)
Come learn about local food and food security with Ecosource at farmers’ markets in Mississauga. We will be selling organic produce grown at our Iceland Teaching Garden with the support of youth Local Food Ambassadors.
Heart Healthy Hike (August 13th)
The Riverwood Conservancy is hosting a moderately intense hike on the trails in Riverwood. This is a great opportunity to be active outdoors and enjoy the beautiful weather!
Forests for the Future Twilight Tour (August 23rd)
Learn how to grow your own forest and add value to your property and the environment.