7th Annual Harvest Celebrations

September 7, 2017 by  
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October 15, 2017
12:00 pmto3:00 pm

Celebrating 7 years of the Victory Garden Community Gathering

The Harvest Gathering is a celebration of the connections we experience to the Earth, for each other and tasting delicious foods.  This is the 7th year of the Victory Garden Celebrations and due to the response for the hearty soups last year, we decided to bring it back.  For the Victory Garden, the 2017 season was challenging from a weather perspective, fixing equipment and installing technology.  The great news is our friends and faithful supporters, who as always gave all.

There is much to celebrate with our local friends.

The weather definitely have changed and so must we.  Our future plans include more greenhousing strategies and digital education.   Learning to cope and reducing our carbon footprint increases our resolve and response to changing conditions.  Greenhouses, Hoophouses, coldframes and other season extension strategies are ways will influence the operational side of the garden in the coming years.


UN SDG Training event at International Conference

May 18, 2017 by  
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July 21, 2017
9:00 amto5:00 pm

An invitation to learn about the sustainable goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in September 2015 by 193 countries, gives us a 15 year way forward to create actions and collaborations to preserve our planet, design social programs, increase equity, food for all, build safe and healthy communities, and reduce the effects of climate change. These universal SDGs goals is part of the Agenda 2030 framework, to guide UN nation members’ work during the next 15 years when implementing actions. To accomplish the SDGs, the first step is to learn what they are and create ways to implement them.

The Summer training event s being held at Ryerson University, a co-located training session in collaboration with the International Humanitarian Technology Conference (IHTC2017), sponsored by the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is hosted by the Toronto Section.

First initiated by the IEEE Humanitarian Initiatives Committee, July 2017 is the third conference in the humanitarian conference series in Canada and previously hosted by the Montreal and Ottawa Sections. Joan Kerr is a founding member of the Humanitarian Initiatives Committee (HIC), and has participated in all three conferences.



A SDGs Certificate will be awarded to all participants at the end of the training session


DIY Showcase 2017

January 26, 2017 by  
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February 20, 2017
10:00 amto4:00 pm

You are invited!

This 4th Annual Do It Yourself (DIY) Showcase continues to be support to this worldwide movement, where imaginative people in community dialogue and demonstrates their invention, or tinkering creations.

If you are curious, full of wonder, or just want to connect with the do it yourselfers, then come join us for the DIY Showcase.

The DIY / MAKER movement, is growing, and that’s mainly because people love to make things.  They make anything from toys, to furniture, to knitting, to pens, to cooking, to gardening. it’s our expression of our own skills or drive to create. They are everywhere in our community.

We continue to focus on the individual maker, do it yourselfer, however, in celebration of the 150th Anniversary for Canada, and the 200th Year for the Simcoe Street United Church, the theme is ‘Then & Now’, which we feel acknowledges the Canadian silent attitude of perseverance and tenacity.

The theme also gives an insight, or at least to engage in dialogue, of how much we have done in communities across the world.  One very important factor is the recognition that Oshawa was known as the Manchester of Canada, a hub of innovation.

Among the displays, attendees will:

  • Identify old utensils displayed by Victory Garden, as well as hearing about the solution for power generation and agriculture education;

  • Robert T. Bell, a volunteer for the Victory Garden, and a Simcoe Street Church member will display various technologies/information of historical and curiousity significance;

  • Participate in workshops, and

  • Meet the inventors, tinkers and entrepreneurs in the community.

The day is designed to be fun for the whole family.  Come and join us and see for yourself


6th Annual Victory Garden Harvest Celebrations

November 5, 2016 by  
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November 20, 2016
12:30 pm



Nail Soup:A traditional Swedish folk-tale

Once upon a time there was a tramp walking through a deep forest. He made his living selling a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Now he was cold and tired and hungry and what was even worse, he had nothing left to sell. All he owned were the ragged clothes he wore and an old, bent nail. When he came out of the forest he saw a little cottage, with smoke rising from the chimney. He knocked on the door, the door opened and a woman looked at him suspiciously.


– Please, could you be as good as to give a poor man shelter for the night, he asked.
– I know your kind, she said, if I let you in you won“t leave before you have eaten everything I have. And I tell you, I“m so poor I haven“t had a bite for three days. So you just go away!
But the tramp was a clever fellow, and the woman was so greedy that she immediately invited him when he said that of course he didn’t want to eat the little she had. On the contrary, he wanted her to share his evening meal.
– But first I want to see the food you say you want to share, she said. – This is all I need, he said, and took an old, bent nail out of his pocket. Just bring me a pot and some water, and I“ll cook the best soup you ever tasted with this nail.
The woman brought a pot and looked with amazement as the tramp made a fire, cooked some water and dropped the nail in it. – The soup might be a little thin, he said, you see I have been using the nail for seven days now. It is a pity you don“t have a little salt, that would surely make the soup taste like a soup fit for any gentleman“s house. But what we lack, we don’t have.
– Now that I come to think of it, said the woman. I might have a little salt left since Christmas.
– How lucky, said the tramp and put the salt in the pot. Well I was thinking that perhaps you could even serve this soup to the priest, if we only had some vegetables also. But what we lack, we don“t have.
– Now that I come to think of it, said the woman. I might have some vegetables in the cellar.
The tramp praised the wisdom of the woman and the excellent taste of the soup.
– I think it would even be fit to serve the king, if we only had a little meat to add, said the tramp. But there is no use longing for the impossible. What we lack, we don“t have.
– Now that I come to think of it, said the woman. There might be some dried meat left somewhere.
“>The tramp happily added the meat to the by now sweet-smelling soup, the woman made the table with her finest silver spoons and her best plates. When she came to think of it, there was actually some wine left since her husband’s funeral.
So she felt almost like a queen when they shared the soup the tramp had cooked with his nail. The next morning the tramp left without his nail, because the woman wouldn’t let him go before he agreed to sell it. And still to this day, the nail has been very useful. Not only can you make a wonderful soup, but you can also use it for cooking tales with. True, what we lack we don’t have, but if you add a little of this and a little of that it will certainly be a story fit for telling to a king!
Ulf Ärnström 2002

CSV Stakeout

June 28, 2016 by  
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July 17, 2016
10:00 amto1:00 pm

July 17th: CSV Digout Party
Time: 10 am – 1 PM
Location: 200 Winchester Rd W, Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4, Canada


July 2: Stakeout 




The Climate Smart Victory Garden Team is inviting you to make history.  How?  By being part of our very first Climate Smart Victory Garden in Canada.  This is a model that bring together leading organizations who are addressing climate change in very special ways, and you are inviting to join us!

Members of the Foundation for Building Sustainable Communities, the David Suzuki Foundation DSF “Blue Dot” campaign team, Biochar Ontario, the Foundation for Environmental Stewardship, the Climate Smart Ag Youth Network (Canada), and the Science for Peace Community Sustainability Working Group (CoSWoG) are invited to come out to Oshawa to help assess and set the physical boundaries and undertake some brainstorming and site assessment / initial preparation for our very first Climate Smart Victory Garden in Canada! The model is a demonstration to be used to be used in the global village-smart villages.

When:       July 2nd:  The Stakeout

Where:      200 Winchester Rd W, Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4, Canada

Time:         3 PM – 6 PM

Come and enjoy the outdoors, stakeout the new climate smart victory gardens, enjoy a potluck, and make a stakement.

View pictures from previous intiatives below.

day 1 2010    Sprouting Green


The DIY Showcase 2016

January 12, 2016 by  
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March 19, 2016
10:00 amto4:00 pm

Celebrating Engineering Month

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The 3rd Annual DIY Showcase recognizes youth in engineering, who have designed projects in Durham Region

What is Engineering month?

March is the month where we celebrate engineering. In Canada, there are numerous events taking place across the country. Engineering month is a way to highlight the designs of students and to encourage others to explore it as an option for a career.

At the Foundation for Building Sustainable Communities (FBSC) we celebrate the human potential for creative thinking, who are passionate about designing, innovating and making, and especially those with ‘do it yourself’ attitude.

From designing malls,communication technologies, airplanes or household appliances, engineers are constantly thinking, desiging and making life more efficient which can give us more time for social activities. Because these designs are all around us, we are celebrating engineering at the DIY 2016 Showcase giving attendees the opportunity to ask questions which can help students improve their designs

According to National Engineering Month

‘Engineers shape our future with forward thinking designs, new technologies and breakthrough developments that haven’t been thought up yet. They prove, each and every day, that anything’s possible.’

National Engineering Month also gives students the opportunity to learn about the remarkable accomplishments Canada’s engineers have made over the years. Be sure to check out this site’s Great Canadian Engineering section to learn things like how engineering work pushes the boundaries of flight and contributes to amazing manmade structures, and the Engineers in Profile section to meet incredible engineers who have been conducting important work like allowing amputees to control their artificial limbs with ease and building earthquake resistant structures.
Considering engineering? Take this test

Canadian Victory Garden Brainstorming Weekend

April 15, 2015 by  
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April 25, 2015toApril 26, 2015

FBSC  will be hosting the Canadian Victory Garden Brainstorming Weekend at 200 Winchester Street, Oshawa Ontario  ( West of Simcoe and Winchester)

This event organized by the Women in Engineering at UOIT  is being faciliated by  Butch Shadwell who is has extensive  international experience designing and implementing off-the-grid solutions.  The  event is a free event to  Energy and  IEEE  engineering students  and  it’s a great end to a grueling  school year.

For more  information
Glenn McKnight  905 442 2167


DIY Showcase 2014

February 2, 2014 by  
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February 17, 2014
10:05 amto2:05 pm



Creativity, entrepreneurship, community, innovation, connectivity are a few words that describe the first annual DIY Showcase.

Join us for a learning and fun filled Family day.

Display tables.  Workshops.  Woodwork. Handmade Paper.  Planting seeds.

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4th Annual Harvest Dinner 2013

September 17, 2013 by  
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October 3, 2013
5:00 pmto7:00 pm



Join us for the 4th Annual Harest Dinner at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #43.  The event is being hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary.  


Victory Gardens provided food for over 40% of the population during the First & Second World Wars.  Women played an instrumental role in feed children soldiers and the community by growing food, canning and preserving and taking care of the homefront.

The Canadian Victory Garden Project continues this tradition by creating a modern day food garden using a established model to grow vegetable.  Tasting the harvest with our friends and families is pivotal to the Victory Garden Model.

The Canadian Victory Garden donates the produce to Feed The Need, Durham and to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #43.





Earth Hour 2013: Turning one hour into the actions of every hour

March 23, 2013 by  
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March 23, 2013 5:00 pmtoFebruary 28, 2014 5:00 pm

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Earth Hour is the largest movement for the planet in human history, spanning 7,000 cities, 152 countries with a digital reach of 200 million. Earth Hour is much, much more than a symbolic action of switching off lights for an hour; it’s a continuous movement driving actions, big and small, that are changing the world we live in.


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