"There are 70 pesticides that are listed as known or probable carcinogens, based on animal testing. Of those 70, 44 are in use today, and 23 are used on our food."

— Gina Solomon, specialist in internal medicine [2001]

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Local Food Distribution Research - Windsor Essex County

Windsor Essex County Survey on Procurement of Local Food

Are you a Farmer, Grower, Producer, Processor, Restaurant, Small Grocer, Bulk Buyer of Local Food, School, Banquet Hall, Festival Organizer, Chef, Community Cook?

Participate in this Survey!

Research is being done to develop a model of Direct Procurement (Purchasing) Local Food from Local Producers, Local Farmers, Local Growers
Windsor and Essex County!

Share this with somebody who might want to take the survey!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Free Documentary - Save The Date!

s a v e  the d a t e !

FEBRUARY 23 2015
700 PM
850 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor, ON N9A 4M9






FREE: "Join us for a screening of the 2011 documentary titled “A Community of Gardeners” which looks at the history of community gardens in North America as well as the movement’s current renaissance. The documentary will be followed by a discussion lead by Steve Green, the Windsor Essex County Community Garden Collective's Network Coordinator. Find out how you can join the vibrant community garden movement!"

Monday, December 1, 2014

Kitchen Gardens = School Gardens

OK. I know you are excited about school gardens. This website and its resources are simply going to blow you away. 

I challenge any school board any where in Windsor and Essex County to watch this short video and then tell me that School Gardens are a bad idea. 

This is simply incredible!

Steve Green

A food philosophy that makes sense.

Stephanie Alexander has a vision that pleasurable food education is accessible to every Australian school with a primary curriculum.The not-for-profit Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation takes a revolutionary approach to food education focusing on pleasure, flavour and fun via the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program. 

The recipe for effective food education:

  • Encourage fun, flavour and texture through experiences that engage all the senses.
  • Model good food choices without resorting to pyramids or labels of ‘healthy’ or ‘unhealthy’.
  • Reinforce techniques repeatedly, providing the confidence to plant seeds or cook simple dishes at home.
  • Plan menus around the fresh, seasonal produce growing in the garden.
  • Use ingredients at their peak – seasonal herbs, crisp veggies, fresh fruits.
  • Expand culinary horizons, presenting cultural differences as fascinating rather than strange.
  • Expand vocabularies for describing foods, flavours, textures, plants and processes.
  • Food should be delicious and the cooking of fresh fruit and vegetables should be timed with great care.
  • Come together at the end of the cooking to share our meal around the table.

Stephanie says...
'I believe absolutely in the importance and power of the shared table.
In many cultures, eating together around a table is the centre of family life.
It is the meeting place, where thoughts are shared, ideas challenged,
news is exchanged and where the participants leave the table
restored in many ways.'

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The City We Need

The City We Need...

1. The city we need is inclusive. It provides spaces and opportunities for all populations to engage in the social, economic, political, and cultural aspects of city life.

2. The city we need is well planned, walkable and transit-friendly. It has ample, accessible basic and social services, especially water, sanitation, solid waste disposal and utilities; educational and health care facilities; fire and police protection;efficient, affordable, integrated public transit and non-motorized transportation systems; and public space. It is composed of mixed-use neighborhoods with the majority of these services within walking distance.

3. The city we need is equitable and has affordable housing. Land use,infrastructure, and basic services are planned to facilitate the construction of financially accessible housing. Public services are planned together with the communities they serve and consciously include the needs of women, youth and vulnerable populations.

4. The city we need is a regenerative city. It is energy efficient, low-carbon and increasingly reliant on renewable energy sources, by replenishing the resources it consumes, and by recycling, re-using, and reducing waste. The regenerative city uses water, land and energy in a coordinated manner and in harmony with its surrounding hinterland, contributing to resilience.

5. The city we need is economically vibrant. It encourages and fosters local economic development from the smallest entrepreneur to the largest corporations. It addresses the specific needs of the informal sector of the economy in its economic development policies and strategies.

6. The city we need has a unique identity and sense of place. It recognizes cultural diversity and actively protects cultural heritage as key to human dignity and to sustainability, unlocking the creative potential of all. 

7. The city we need is a safe city. The city is welcoming night and day, enabling all people to use the streets, parks and transit without fear. Public officials neighborhood residents, and community groups communicate frequently and

8. The city we need is a healthy city.. All public and private entities providing public services (water, waste, energy, transport, open space, recreational facilities)work together with the city’s residents to promote public and environmental
health, while protecting biodiversity.

9. The city we need is coherently governed and managed at multiple scales. It coordinates sectoral policies and actions (economy, mobility, biodiversity, energy, water and waste) within a comprehensive and coherent political and administrative framework. Communities are active participants in decision making. Roles and responsibilities among all stakeholders are clearly defined around a shared agenda, with resources allocated strategically and equitably.

10. The city we need is the site of knowledge production and dissemination. It fosters the generation of knowledge through efficient communication and accessible and relevant sources of information. 

11. The city we need is made for and by people. It recognizes the centrality of human beings Emphasize that the city we need will require the implementation of good policies based on trans-disciplinary, evidence-based research. Promote the enabling environment that will produce and communicate the necessary research. Emphasize that the city we need will require the implementation of good policies based on trans-disciplinary, evidence-based research.

LINK: http://www.wfsf.org/resources/pedagogical-resources/reports-by-un-and-other-international-organisations/22-un-habitat-2013-the-city-we-need-urban-habitat/file