Grow A Row- Our campaign has reached over 1500lbs of food so far. As we strive for our summer goal of 5000lbs, we encourage anyone with surplus food from their gardens to drop it off at our stall at the Downtown Farmer’s Market on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-4:30pm, and Saturdays from 11am-4:30pm.
Community Harvest Market- The third season of the Community Harvest Market at the Wally Elmer Youth Centre in Rideau Heights is well underway. The market offers fresh produce, baked goods, jewelry, knitted crafts, and more! Each week a growing number of children join Rosie, our Food Education Assistant, for creative food-related activities. Rosie and the kids have also been growing a small garden on the Wally Elmer lawn, from which they will soon harvest tomatoes and cucumbers for their very own salsa. The activities are drop-in style, and we encourage new participants to join in the fun!
Acorn Garden- We have begun to see the fruits of our labour at the Acorn plot (Oak Street Community Garden)! So far we have harvested and donated peas, kale, swiss chard, tomatoes, coriander, basil, and garlic. Harvest of zucchinis, cucumbers, leeks, sweet potatoes and more are all rapidly approaching. To volunteer at the garden in the weeks to come, join us on-site every Tuesday evening from 4-8pm.
GROW Gardens- All four GROW project gardens are flourishing under the weekly care of our dedicated volunteers and are producing food for local meal programs. To check out these gardens, visit the front lawns of J.G. Simcoe, Rideau Public, Rideau Heights, or First Ave Public Schools. The brightly coloured kid-painted fences cannot be missed!
Community Kitchen Workbees- We’ve been making the connection between field and fork in our (almost) weekly community kitchen workbees.Participants have helped process fresh garden produce donated through Grow a Row into delicious things like pesto and freezer ready corn. Upcoming workbees will include tomato sauce and possibly salsa making – we’re just waiting for those tomatoes to roll in!
Food Reclamation-We continue to make weekly food deliveries to local meal programs, and we’re always looking for more people to help out in this way.