Friday, 10 April 2015

Monday, 10 March 2014

Upcoming Events: Sustainability Series Seminars & Workshops

The City of Oshawa’s FREE Sustainability Seminar and Workshop Series supports the Oshawa Strategic Plan to build a resilient, sustainable and environmentally responsible city by engaging the community and fostering community wide stewardship of the environment. 
Visit to register.

Saturday March 29: Designing your Edible Landscape                               
Saturday April 12: Introduction to Backyard Vegetable Gardening           
Saturday April 26: Xeriscape: Water Efficient Gardening          
Saturday May 10: Native Plants and Invasive Species 
Saturday May 24: Balcony, Container & Small Space Gardening for Beginners

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Registration for “Food for Thought” Workshops now open.
These FREE workshops will provide hands-on, practical information on preparing, preserving and storing your own food saving time, money and the environment.  Workshop materials and additional resources will be provided to registered participants at no cost.  Registration is required.
Location:  South Oshawa Community Centre
Time:  9 am – 12 noon
Cost:  Free

September 28 – “Canning & Preserving”, Code: 248589
See how easy it can be to make the most out of your harvest and how to make delicious preserves to enjoy all year long. Participants will learn how to preserve in this hands-on canning workshop. Leave with a jar of preserves to take home and the knowledge of how to do it yourself.
October 26 – “Food Safety and Storage”, Code: 248590
Participants will learn about healthy eating, safe selection and storage of food to save time, money and reduce food waste while maintaining food safety.

November 9 – “Heritage Seeds and Seed Saving”, Code 261139
Participants will learn about the rich history and value of heirloom plants, as well as practical tips on seed saving.

In person:  At any City of Oshawa recreation facility
For more info:  Contact Service Oshawa  905-436-3311              

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Ground breaking at garden launch!

Following the blessing of the ground on Earth Day, members of the community and the congregation gathered on Mother's Day to celebrate the launch of St. Matthew's Community Garden.  Chilly winds and threatening skies kept us indoors for the formalities, but we braved wind and hail to turn the sod in the plots that will be used this season to grow healthy food, and to help us engage with our community.  Oshawa Environmental Advisory Commitee representatives Suzanne Elston and Kristy Kilbourne, and Durham Integrated Growers' Chair Mary Drummond, as well as a number of our gardeners were in attendance.  
Research and planning has brought the project to this stage with the help and support of many people.  Thanks to Parish Council for their approval, and to the congregation for being open to the idea and willing to share the gifts we've been given.  Funding from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, and a Reach Grant from the Diocese of Toronto, have allowed for purchase of a garden shed, tools and supplies, and for a contractor to prepare the plots for growing.  Steering Committee Members Rev. Margaret and Rev. Lisa, Harry, Maja, Christine, Donna, Sylvia, Alison and Mary have shared their ideas and efforts.  Thanks also to Gord, Harry, Emma and David for construction help, and to all who contributed to refreshments.
Please introduce yourselves to our gardeners, and make them feel welcome.  They are Lynn, Michelle, Leah, Denise and Tim, Xiomara, Deb, Sylvia and Maja. Stop by the garden to watch our progress, or follow us here.

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Garden launch

We invite you to celebrate with us as we launch this exciting new project at a ground breaking ceremony, for the six 4' x 20' plots that will be available to members of the community this growing season.
Please join us at 135 Wilson Rd. S., Oshawa, on Sunday, May 12, at noon, following our 10:30 am service.

Please RSVP or  905-725-9841.