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.


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!

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

Earth Hour logo


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.


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.

Earth Hour 2012

February 21, 2012 by  
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March 31, 2012
7:30 pmto9:30 pm

Oshawa Celebrates Earth Hour

Earth Hour 2012 starts at 8:30 Saturday: What will you be doing?

The 2011 Oshawa Earth Hour community event was such an enjoyable event, and the support for doing it again is tremendous. Therefore we are going to drum once again.

The drums are scheduled to be delivered, the Facilitators are ready and the people are registering. You can play, or you can clap, or just listen.

Earth Hour is a global event that is bring attention to the issue of climate change and encouraging everyone to act by conserving and make responsible choices that are sustainable.

Small acts:

– Turn off lights when you leave a room

– Install energy saving light bulbs

– When using an oven, try to cook more than one thing


Watch 2011 video:

Oshawa and 1812 War

February 21, 2012 by  
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FBSC is creating a series of docu-dramas to acknowledge and honour local patriots who fought and kept the Americans at bay.  This is a volunteer community project.

Recognizing Oshawa War of 1812 Patriots

We are encouraging anyone from Oshawa and surrounding areas to:

– Share stories associated with the War of 1812;

-Write scripts;

– Videotaping;

– Costuming;

– Photographing; and

– Having fun and more.

The researchers, Glenn McKnight and Robert Bell, and videos team  have already discovered a number of nuggets of history and they are sharing their finds at:


If you are interested in reinactment of these stories in short videos in a docu-drama style, please contact us for more information:

Glenn McKnight at  905-434-6655

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

A Bridge, Naturally

October 18, 2011 by  
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Nature gives all the materials for living and functioning.  This is an amazing example of sustainability, that includes, the social, environment and economic aspects we so rarely see.

Corporate Social Responsibility

October 17, 2011 by  
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Partners and supporters

  • TD Canada Trust, Sprouting Green Project
  • OPUC
  • Oshawa Centre
  • Meals Exchange
  • Ministry of Transportation
  • City of Oshawa


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