We are continuing to make progress on our projects and just wanted to keep everyone in the loop.
Community & Backyard Gardens
Goal: To help our community to learn how to grow their own food to reduce packaging, food waste and/or learn how to use their food waste to make compost for their garden.
Our new page Grow Your Own Food with backyard and balcony gardens; community gardens, and resources has been on our website for about a month.
Our Backyard Vegetable Garden forum went live April 15th on the NftP website. We have had a lot of views and some great posts from Dinah and Wing. Joan Porter started a new post on Straw Bale Vegetable gardening that is getting a lot of interest too. Thank you everyone for posting. Please check it out and add your own posts. We need tips, ideas, questions and answers to help engage everyone and make it a success!
Community Gardens were closed but recently just opened. I had a call with York Region Food Network this morning and their Aurora community garden is open. The goal is to grow food for the food bank. Due to COVID-19, they cannot run their community garden as usual, but are looking at ways for us to participate. I should hear back soon.
Food Waste Challenge
Goal: To reduce household food waste in the community.
Our first meeting with York Region Food Network, York Region and Eco-Caledon was held on May 1st. A lot of great information was shared. York Region is in the process of working on a food waste campaign. They will confirm in what capacity NftP can help out.
Everyone thought it was great to collaborate and liked the idea of doing a “friendly” competition between the different campaigns.
Next meeting for whole group will be held in early June. And possibly an earlier meeting for York Region campaign.
Vegan Cooking Classes
Goal: To help transition our community to decrease their meat intake due to its high carbon footprint.
We will start the planning process for Vegan cooking classes soon so that we are ready to go when COVID-19 allows it.
While we wait until the pandemic settles, we continue to request and post recipes on our website and encourage people to try them out.
We are also looking at what can be done to get people more engaged – trying recipes and adding comments, possibly starting a vegan cooking forum to help with questions etc.
Photo by Robin Enotera
Goal: To increase the transition from gas powered cars to electric vehicles.
Our focus has shifted a bit since no one is currently driving and gas prices have plummeted. However, Martin will work on some EV articles so they are ready to publish when the time is right.