So you have a garden at your school, dedicated volunteers who help tend it during summer months, and lots of veggies to pick early Fall, when class is back in session. How do you ensure everyone has a taste of the harvest? The Oxford school answer: host a stone soup day! Through readings of the stone soup story, students were reminded that healthy food is … Continue reading Sharing the Harvest: Stone Soup Day at Oxford
The Our Food Project of the Ecology Action Centre (EAC) regularly partners with community organizations and groups to support the development of food and gardening projects. Over the winter they heard that community members in Mulgrave Park were interested in starting a garden. Mulgrave Park is a large public housing community home to over 250 families in Halifax’s North End. With the EAC also being … Continue reading Growing Mulgrave Park Community Garden
Since my first foray into the world of gardening, the veggies I’ve grown have always been in a community of friends: at school gardens, community gardens, and now on an urban farm. It’s fun and comforting to share the experience of growing food with companions and what better way to do this than in a setting that is designed to be public, open, and inclusive … Continue reading Companions in the Garden
Have you thought about your eating habits recently? Over the last few weeks I have been thinking about my eating habits and how often I try new foods. Many of the foods that I am more comfortable with are not always the healthiest foods. As one of the nursing students currently working as an intern with the Food Action Committee, I have had the chance … Continue reading An Early Start on Developing Healthy Eating Habits
“If there were no plants in the world, would we have food to eat?” This was a question asked to groups of grade 4s participating in the Good Food First club this week. “Cheese!”, suggested a few kids. Good idea. But as we trace it back we realize that cheese comes from milk, milk from cows and cows, well cows eat grass. “Candy!”. Yells out … Continue reading If There Were No Plants in the World, Would We Have Food to Eat?
Thanksgiving. A time of great food. My favourite food holiday. And in honour of such a great day, I decide to treat myself, the kids, and make some thanksgiving fixings in this week’s sessions of the Good Food First club. That’s a thanksgiving dinner. Everyday. For a week. Anything for the kids 😉 Besides cooking up some delicious roasted vegetables and apple crisp, we have … Continue reading Kids Investigate Whole vs. Processed Foods
Where does our food come from? And why? And how does it get here?…These can be complex questions to answer, and yet these were all questions groups of grades 4s were attempting to answer this week as part of the Good Food First Club. The Good Food First Club is a program developed at the EAC, for upper elementary school students, and that is being piloted … Continue reading Where Does Our Food Come From? – as told by grade 4s