Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Foodcore

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Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Foodcore
Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Foodcore

Food Matters Coalition

The Food Matters Coalition was established in 2009 in recognition of the need to provide a venue where community agencies and individuals can work on issues related to food security and food literacy within Leeds, Grenville and surrounding area.

We are thrilled to let you know that the new Dana St. Community Garden in Brockville, Ontario is in full swing! We have community gardeners and student gardeners from the ECO Team at St. John Bosco Catholic School.

We have 10 raised beds, a shed, tools, a sign and a 1000 thanks for one-time funders from the Brockville Community Foundation, the City of Brockville Legacy Fund, Jane Goodall's
Roots & Shoots and the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation Grant.

On May 25, 2019, close to 20 people volunteered their morning to help build ten raised beds using wood from Paul Blakney at Home Hardware, topsoil from Ken Miller Excavating on land with compost and water containers from the City of Brockville.

The garden's founding members include the Food Matters Coalition, City of Brockville Transition Brockville, St. John Bosco Catholic ECO School team, Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence-Rideau, Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit and Gemmell's Garden Centre.

This objective is in line with past and ongoing projects and contributions that include:

The Dana St. Community Garden in Brockville is looking for more gardeners for the 2020 growing season.

The Food Matters Coalition is looking for community volunteers and organization representatives who can lend their community-based expertise and passion for access to safe and healthy food.

The Food Matters Coalition and the Dana St. Community Garden can be reached through email c/o foodcoreLGL@gmail.com or toll free at 1-800-660-5853, ask for “foodcore”.

Glossary

“Food security [is] a situation that exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life”. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. 2001. The State of Food Insecurity in the World. http://www.fao.org/docrep/003/y1500e/y1500e06.htm#P0_2 (accessed 14 March 2018)

Foodliteracy.ca defines food literacy as “a set of interconnected attributes organized into the categories of food and nutrition knowledge, skills, self-efficacy/confidence, food decisions, and other ecologic (external) factors such as income security, and the food system.” https://www.odph.ca/food-literacy-1 (accessed 14 March 2018)

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