We at Seeds For Change know just how difficult it can be to find companies that supply non-genetically modified seeds, free of pesticides (organic) for home gardens. So we would like to share with you a few great resources!
Here are just nine from our list of 48 companies! For more information on ethical seeds in Ontario please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Artsy Tomato 7463 County Rd 56 RR#1, Essa Township, ON, L0M 1T0 Tel: 705-424-1934 Web: www.theartsytomato.ca Email: email@example.com
Ecogenesis #2004 General Delivery, Guelph, ON, N1H 6J5 Tel: 1-877-836-3693 Web: www.ecogenesis.co Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Florabunda Seeds 423 Indian River Line Keene, ON, K0L 2B0 Tel: 705-295-6440 Web: www.florabundaseeds.com Email: email@example.com
Heritage Seed and Produce
RR#1 Westport, ON, K0G 1X0 Tel: 613-273-2948 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.heritageseedandproduce.com
Soggy Creek Seed Company 113 Chapman’s Landing Rd Nipissing Village, ON, P0H 1W0 Tel: 705-724-1144 Email: email@example.com
Terra Edibles Box 164, Foxboro, ON, K0K 2B0 Tel: 613-961-0654 Fax: 613-961-1462 Web: www.terraedibles.ca Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Upper Canada Seeds 44 Macklingate Court Toronto, ON, M1V 1A1 Tel: 416-447-5321 Email: email@example.com
William Dam Seeds 279 Hwy 8 Dundas, ON, L9H 5E1 Tel: 905-628-6641 Fax: 905-627-1729 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yuko Hirouchi 202 Arklan Road Carleton Place, ON, K7C 3R9 Tel: 613-253-0787 Email: email@example.com
Seedy Saturday takes root at Vaughan city hall
An Article from The Vaughan Citizen
"When you heard of something seedy going on at Vaughan city hall in the past, no one’s first thought was that gardening was the culprit, but this time it actually is.
The city has teamed up with Seeds for Change and York Region Food Network to host Seedy Saturday, March 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the municipal headquarters, 2141 Major Mackenzie Dr.
The free event aims to bring local gardening enthusiasts together to buy, sell and trade organic and heirloom seeds for vegetables, herbs, flowers and native species.
There will also be locally sourced food, children’s activities, a community art project, vendors, door prizes and a live broadcast of TEDxManhattan’s Changing the Way We Eat.
A gardening training session, dubbed Deepening Our Roots, takes place after the event, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.”
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Vaughan Seedy Saturday is happening March 1! Join us at Vaughan City Hall from 10-3 for an exciting day of food and gardening fun!
Seedy Saturdays provide an opportunity for all those interested in food, food security, gardening and environmental stewardship to dig in and improve your health and well-being. Buy organic and heirloom seeds, sample delicious and nutritious food from local vendors, learn gardening tips from dynamic speakers, enjoy the kids’ activities, express yourself through our community art project and savour the day!
We will be live streaming TEDxManhattan’s “Changing The Way We Eat” conference all day. Listen to international speakers as they share their insights on how to change our food system and have interesting discussions about how we can do that in our own communities!
Join us March 1, 2014 from 10-3 at Vaughan City Hall. Seedy Saturday is where good food takes root.
Great news for Markham - Thornhill!
Howard Shore’s news and views report has a section dedicated to implementing community garden programs throughout Markham and Thornhill! Check out the full page at http://burl.co/3294A2F
Organic Community Gardens
" During this years’ Budget process I was able to secure funding to establish a Children’s Organic Learning Garden School and Community Program to develop and run community gardens in parks adjacent to local elementary schools. The program would teach students involved in the gardens about agriculture production practices, sustainability, diet and nutrition; and evaluate the learning outcomes. I am very happy to say that we have had a positive response from two schools so far in Thornhill!
On a broader scale, Markham will be expanding its Organic Home Garden Program from a pilot project in Ward 7 last year to citywide implementation this year. The pilot project was very successful and helped achieve some of the recommendations in our GreenPrint for food security on a small scale. It provided educational and engagement opportunities in the local food system and increased opportunities for community-based food production. The goal for the 2014 program will be to register 100 households per ward”
Slaw and Salsa Salute - Our Last Workshop of 2013
"James Robinson Public School Grade 1 and 2 students participated in a cooking workshop creating a lunch time treat of coleslaw and salsa. They used the vegetables grown earlier this year in their own school garden transformed from a former asphalt area outside the kindergarten class. Councillor Carolina Moretti attended the workshop lead by Seeds For Change and Whole Foods Market."
Photos by Darrell Hein
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The 5 best soup ingredients to beat a cold
Bolster your immune system with these delicious soup ingredients that help fight off the common cold and flu.
By Matthew Kadey, RD, www.CanadianLiving.com
1. Pumpkin seeds
Forget the medicine cabinet. If you really want to fend off a cold or flu, find comfort in a healing bowl of soup. Grandma’s chicken noodle remedy isn’t the only soup to lift your spirits when sick. Research shows a number of foods (which also make for some delicious soup ingredients) can boost your body’s natural defences against viruses. Keep your immune system in fighting shape and feed that pesky cold by slurping up soups infused with these immunity-boosting, sniffle-busting good guys.
These jack-o’-lantern castoffs are brimming with zinc. A number of studies suggest that loading up on zinc – which aids in the function of immune cells – can help reduce the duration and severity of cold symptoms when under the weather.
A staple in Japanese kitchens, miso is made from fermented soybeans. The fermentation process produces a healthy army of probiotic bacteria, which can cut down the number of days a cold or flu will leave you symptomatic. Dutch scientists attribute this to the probiotic’s activation of certain genes in the walls of the intestines.
The soluble fibre found in oats and barley is already hailed for helping lower cholesterol, but it can also keep your nose from dripping like a leaky hose. University of Illinois scientists discovered soluble fibre increases the production of an anti-inflammatory protein that strengthens the immune system. Beta-glucan, the main soluble fibre in chewy barley, has been found to slash the number of sick days taken by those with upper respiratory tract infections.
It’s likely that Bugs Bunny wasn’t knocked off his feet by a cold or flu too often. His orange-hued vegetable of choice is brimming with beta-carotene. In the body, beta-carotene can be converted to vitamin A. In addition to supporting vision, one of vitamin A’s many roles is keeping your immune system running smoothly. A more robust immune system is a surefire way to help send a cold packing.
Is a regular rotation of winter sniffles getting you down? Then be sure to reel in salmon – one of the few foods that brings vitamin D to a pot of soup – to keep future runny noses at bay. An Archives of Internal Medicine study involving nearly 19,000 subjects found those with the lowest average levels of vitamin D were 36 percent more likely to develop upper respiratory infections than those with higher levels of the sunshine vitamin. Similar research published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases found subjects with better vitamin D status were less likely to take sick days from work than those who were given placebos. Washington State University researchers also suggest that astaxanthin – the pigment that gives salmon its pink glow – can increase immune cell activity.
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From the street you probably wouldn’t notice TD Christian High School’s community garden. But it’s there, and has recently been extended. Three new garden beds have been installed next to the existing garden on TD’s property. The garden, that was originally built last year by students from TD, has been doing very well producing great amounts of fruit, vegetables and herbs for the school’s cafeteria. The school has also donated a large part of its harvest to the Vaughan Hospice down the street. The new addition to the garden is hoped to be as successful in the coming years, as it is cared for throughout the year by the school’s environmental classes as well as volunteers from the summer months.
But these new garden beds did not just appear. Through the organization “Seeds for Change” which strive to create healthier food options for schools and communities, TD Christian was able to apply for a grant to make the garden possible. Shane Versteeg, a Grade 10 environmental student at TD, received a 1000 dollar grant for the new garden after applying for it back in October of 2013. The grant he received was similar to the one graduating student Amy Frankruyter received when she applied for a grant that started the community garden in the first place. Versteeg as well as several other students from the environmental class have constructed, installed and maintained the garden while working through some bumps along the way. With the help of Seth Weening and Mark Blydorp, two grade 12 students that helped lead the project, the group has put a huge effort into completing the extension of the garden.
With pickaxes, shovels, sledgehammers and wheelbarrows, the team has been steadily working their way through the clay and rubble that has been stuck in the ground. It was only a few years back where instead of a garden; a road ran through to accommodate the needs of the construction project the school finished back in 2010. Now the only remains of the road are clay and rubble that was quickly discovered by those working on the garden. “It was really hard getting through all the clay”, commented project member Katie Vandekemp, “we only got about a foot before we had to use pickaxes in order to get the rest of the way”. However, the team eventually did get through all the clay, and installed the beds in a few days later.
After taking a trip to the old Woodbridge Fairgrounds, seven of the project team students were seen taking wheelbarrows full of horse manure back to the garden. While they did receive some strange looks from cars passing by, their journey ensured a healthier garden in the future. The garden beds also received topsoil, compost and wood shavings, all ingredients that will help ensure the plants grow strong and tall. After the final touches were laid by mulching the pathways around the new beds, a light snow started to fall from the sky. Although the students were persistent working in cold and rainy conditions, they were glad they finished the garden before winter fell the next day.
Students from next semester’s environmental class will be taking care of the new garden beds by harvesting and planting more seeds. Regardless of which class takes care of it, Versteeg hopes that “the garden will be available for future students to enjoy for many years to come”.
by: Julianna Nyhof Young on December 12, 2013 in Community News, TD Christian High school
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