Local community celebrates food, fun and fellowship

Let’s celebrate Join us in celebrating the 5th Annual Community Harvest Dinner, a collaboration between the Foundation for Building Sustainable Communties and the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch, #43 Ladies Auxillary. For tickets, click here The Community Harvest Dinner is part of the Victory Garden Project which honours the past, and uses the knowledge to create solutions from a historical perspective for a current need. The dinner is a collaboration between the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #43, Ladies Auxillary and it celebrates local food production, urban agriculture and community gardens in the Durham...

History of Victory Gardens

How it began The victory garden concept began as a way to address the shortage of food in Britain during the First World War, and later, the Second World War, by encouraging people to grow their own food.  As the population embraced the ‘Dig In‘ Campaign as it came to be known, activities included canning & preserving, entrepreneurship and community kitchens.  Most importantly, the Dig In Campaign supplied the much needed education materials for planting the crops to help the gardeners meet their daily nutrient value  for ensuring healthy...

Urban agriculture for a greener future

Wikipedia defines Urban agriculture as the practice of cultivating, processing, and distributing food in or around a village, town, or city. Urban agriculture can also involve animal husbandry, aquaculture, agroforestry, Urban beekeeping, and horticulture. More people are now living and working in urban centres, making the opportunity for growing food and raising small livestock, such as chickens and rabbits, becoming more common. It’s also exciting! There are so many ways we can incorporate food gardens as part our daily lives, and more and more, many of us are taking that option. Pots, vertical structures, fences, and overall designs can give a urban garden a unique and beautiful look. Using sustainable solutions and lots of creativity, urban farming is a good food solution for the city dwellers and is a big part of increasing a community food system. Urban agriculture has many benefits and is definitely a strategy for a future greening of the planet. Benefits of range from eating healthier, saving fuel, reducing pollution, decreasing transportation of food, greening of city spaces like parks, planting in front yards, schoolyards, rooftops, balconies, connect with the local community and the Earth itself.  Farming in urban centres is definitely a way to address climate change. On the economic side, farmers market are on the rise, youth are registering for courses and apprenticeships. Architects, Engineers and urban planners are now including food gardens in their designs for building sustainable neighbourhoods. The potential for training and education is huge, since urban agriculture is becoming an expected way of life for many people. Urban agriculture is an example of a modern victory garden. More info about...

What is a victory garden

                Victory Gardens are designed to specifically address the nutrient value of food for the growing season. Victory gardens, also called war gardens or food gardens for defense, were vegetable, fruit and herb gardens which were grown at private homes and public parks.  Victory Gardens are sometimes referred to as Peace Gardens. It was emphasized to home front urbanites and suburbanites that the produce from their gardens would help to lower the price of vegetables needed by the military to feed the troops, thus saving money that could be spent elsewhere on the military They were popular during WW 1 and WW 2. to reduce the pressure on the public food supply brought on by the war effort. In addition to indirectly aiding the war effort these gardens were also considered a civil ” morale ” booster” — in that gardeners could feel empowered by their contribution of labor and rewarded by the produce grown. Production Planting of victory gardens by nearly 20 million Americans. These gardens produced up to 40 percent of all the vegetable produce being consumed nationally. Canada & US By the end of 1943, there were more than 200 000 victory gardens in Canada, producing about 550lb of produce each! One gardener in seven was a city dweller. There were 15% more home gardeners than in 1942; 24% more than 1940. The number of gardens in Vancouver, including New Westminster, Burnaby, North and West Vancouver by the end of the year was 52,000; the value of the food they produced in the 1943 season was estimated (in the dollar...