6th Annual Victory Garden Harvest Celebrations

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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

Ontario Supports Growing Local Food

November 6, 2013 by  
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  Preparing the soil by hand

The agricultural sector is a huge contributor to the Ontario economy.  How big?  According to the Ontario New release , the contribution from farm to fork is $34 billion.  That’s staggering and aspiring especially since the employment is more than 740, 000 jobs.

Local food is about health eating and knowing who is growing and caring for it.  The best person is YOU.  If you can’t grow your own, buy from someone you know, think about your food, who is growing it, where is it coming from, what nutrients do I need to function, to feel energized.  Local food is more than just economic it’s the social and environmental aspects that are equally important.

Start somewhere and support the local food movement- Grow your own!

Girls Day Out 2013

March 17, 2013 by  
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March 16, 2013
2:00 pmto3:30 pm

Presentation: Cultivating Culinary Herbs

Girls Day Out

Joan Kerr with Cynthia and Isabelle from Girls Inc

What a fun day at the Girls Day Out Event.  So inspiring!


Of course talking about gardening is always a pleasure, especially when it’s about Herbs.  The Cultivating Culinary Herbs Presentation covered the following topics:

– Gardening Basics

– History of Culinary Herbs

– Culinary Herbs and uses

– Design Concepts

Participants planted seeds in peat pots to grao and plant in their gardens.  Everyone enjoyed the workshop.  Thanks to Girls Inc. for hosting this event!

Hotroots Soup Festival

January 24, 2013 by  
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February 12, 2013
12:00 pmto5:00 pm
February 13, 2013
12:00 pmto5:00 pm
February 14, 2013
12:00 pmto5:00 pm
February 15, 2013
12:00 pmto5:00 pm
February 16, 2013
12:00 pmto5:00 pm






Image courtesy of Creative Carrot

February is stirring with  flavour.  And celebration!

Join us and feel the warmth of community while tasting delicious and nutritious soups.  We are building community and promoting local food to celebrate:

• Afro-Caribbean-Cajun-Creole- First Nations cuisine

• Mardi Gras/Carnival day or Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday

• Our local farmers

• Our settlement heritage

• Heart-healthy winter vegetables

• Oshawa’s downtown restaurants


Date:       February 12th – 16th, 2013

Venue:   Downtown Oshawa,12 noon to closing, daily

Get a passport-roadmap to downtown Oshawa restaurants.

Some benefits of particpating:

  • $1 from each soup purchased goes to Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre;
  • Supporting local businesses and farmers;
  • Building a strong, green community; and
  • Eating nutritiously


Join us.  Have fun while doing good.


Sustainable Times

March 30, 2012 by  
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Read the new edition of Sustainable Times which is filled with lots of what’s happening in the environment, society and finances.

French Court declares Monsanto guilty

February 19, 2012 by  
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No thanks: An anti-Monsanto crop circle made by farmers and volunteers in the Philippines. By Melvyn Calderon/Greenpeace HO/A.P. Images.

Finally, US Agri-business Monsanto is declared guilty for the use of its pesticide in farming.  According to the Reuters’ Article:

“Monsanto always considered that there were not sufficient elements to establish a causal relationship between Paul Francois’s symptoms and a potential poisoning,” the company’s lawyer, Jean-Philippe Delsart, said.  Previous health claims from farmers have foundered because of the difficulty of establishing clear links between illnesses and exposure to pesticides.

Vanity Fair’s, Monsanto’s Harvest of Fear, tells the story of Monsanto’s ‘seed police’ and the tactics used to intimidate small farmers, coops and country stores.  The ‘seed police’ are sometimes referred to as ‘Gestapo’ and ‘mafia’ according to the article.

Taking Action

  • Watch the World According to Monsanto and become aware the Issues

1st Annual Heritage Dinner

October 10, 2011 by  
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October 13, 2011
12:00 amto3:00 pm

Oshawa Peacekeepers Day

August 31, 2011 by  
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Peacekeepers Day was established by the United Nations to honour those who serve in Peacekeeping Mission worldwide.

The 2011 theme is Korea Remmebered.


Community Garden Open House

July 12, 2011 by  
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July 16, 2011
10:00 amto2:00 pm



The Windfields Community & Teaching Gardens is hosting a community open house at 2951 Simcoe Street N, from 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.  Please see map below.

Activities includes:

  • Cooking with weeds
  • Garden Tour & Trivia
  • Victory Garden presentation
  • Giveaways

The Windfields Community Gardens Open House is part of a larger regional community garden event organized by Durham Integrated Growers to showcase local food projects.

We will be taking pictures of the event and interviewing visitors.

Sprouting Greens Project launch

June 6, 2011 by  
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Sprouting Green


What a wonderful way to launch a project.  The Sprouting Green Project, launched on May 29th at the Windfields Community Garden, was a tremendous success, where over 40 volunteers participated in designing, hoeing, planting, eating and drinking, and of course building community and having fun.

With 4 garden plots, measuring 5ft by 30ft, the team planted tomatoes, pumpkins, beans, zucchinis, to name a few.  Everyone was so enthusiastic on this bright Sunday and all for a great cause, feeding hungry people. The produce will be donated to local food banks.

The Project is a partnership between fbsc.org, TD Canada Trust, Friends of the Environment and Meals Exchange Canada.

Watch the video


Congratulations to Laura and Stacy from TD Canada Trust

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