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Food Skills Workshops

In July, Fresh Roots had the pleasure of inviting our friends from Collingwood Neighbourhood House to host a food skills workshop in our kitchen at the Norquay Field House. Using local herbs from community gardens, we were able to make a delicious lemon-balm tea, herb butter and pesto. We had a great turn out, and it was so much fun seeing members of the community coming together to share Good Food.

It was so great, we’re going to do it again on Friday, August 25.  The workshop will be from 12pm- 2pm in the Norquay Field House Food Hub, and will involve using fruit from the Vancouver Fruit Tree Project to do some canning and/or jam making. Everyone is welcome to come and share Good Food! Please email david.cnhfood@gmail.com or info@freshroots.ca if you plan on attending so that we can ensure we bring enough fruit to go around!

 

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Learning Food Skills at Norquay Food Hub

The kitchen of the Norquay Park Food Hub was bustling with activity on the evening of Tuesday, August 16th as families from the Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute worked together to make healthy and delicious snacks to share. Although the group whipped up several tasty treats including tuna wraps, no-bake energy balls, banana ice cream, and peanut butter-celery snacks, the homemade hummus really stole the show!

RCFSI is currently hosting the Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon Program. Participants came together in early July and expressed interest in picking up new recipes that would be good for their children’s lunch boxes. We used lettuce, apples, peppers, carrots, strawberries and garlic from the farmer’s market. The children were more than ready to peel, chop, and mix the ingredients together.

At the beginning of the workshop, families shared their experience in putting together healthy treats for their children after school. Some prefer celery and apples while others enjoy homemade sushi. As a result, it’s important for us to recognize that nutrition can be approached in so many ways by different families. We look forward to learning more about the wide variety of healthy snacks that can be made in different cultures!

– Cassandra Ly, Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute

 
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