Local food stewardship program begins this month

May 10, 2017 by  

Locals can learn how to plant and forage for food this spring and summer at the Downsview Park Education Garden.

All are invited to plant seedlings and seeds in the Education Garden, and then join the hunt for garlic mustard in the park’s natural forest.

Garlic mustard is a herb that grows freely in North America. It is commonly used to make pesto.

Recipes for use of the food that is gathered or harvested could be shared at the meetings with the use of booklet and brochure printing. Memo pads may be used by the stewards to record some of the many plant facts provided.

The stewardship program will provide an opportunity to get some fresh air, and reconnect with nature. All participants will be able to bring home some of the food they grow.

The program starts on May 18, and will continue until September. Meetings will be on the first and third Thursdays of the month, each running from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. There will also be weekend meetings on the second and fourth Sundays of the month, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.

The Downsview Park Discovery Centre is located on 70 Canuck Avenue. No registration is necessary, but adult accompaniment is required for all children 16 years and under.

Participants should dress appropriately for the weather, be sure to wear shoes with closed toes, and bring a grocery bag to take food home with them.