Hastings Food and Garden Programs
The Hastings Community Learning Garden, right next to the community centre, is where we grow food for some of our programs and educate neighbours from preschoolers to seniors on topics of nutrition, gardening, and sustainability. The garden is open all the time for a serene stroll or as a place to sit in nature.
We also run kitchen programs year-round to teach skills such as cooking, canning & food preservation, and making natural beauty & homecare products.
Our Mission: To provide food & garden programming that educates, empowers & connects the Hastings-Sunrise community.
Our Vision: Hastings-Sunrise will be a strong, healthy community connected through growing and sharing food and food traditions.
WINTER 2024 PROGRAMS – Register starting December 2
Get your kids excited about the world of growing things! Join us in the garden to learn about plants, soil, seeds and insects through fun and engaging activities. We’ll cover a different topic each week. Caregivers must be present throughout the class. We will meet in the garden, or in the Arts & Crafts Room in case of rain.
Mon Jan 8 – Jan 29 11:00 AM-11:30 AM- FREE
Mon Feb 14 – Mar 11 11:00 AM-11:30 AM- FREE
Are you interested in gardening and natural food preparation, but not sure where to start? Join us in the garden to learn about nutrition, plants, soil, seeds and insects through fun and engaging activities. Increase your knowledge and become comfortable working in your own kitchen and garden. We will meet in the garden, or in the Games Room in case of rain.
Wed Jan 10 – Feb 7 11:00 AM-12:00 PM – FREE
Wed Feb 7 – Mar 13 11:00 AM-12:00 PM – FREE
Cooking Connections: Cooking for the Active Senior
Designed for seniors, this program focuses on eating well and staying active for overall health. It is designed to meet the needs of older adults and provides an opportunity to meet new friends and reinforces healthy eating habits.
This program includes a number of versatile recipes like Roasted Root Vegetables which encourage participants to use a variety of ingredients.
Sun Jan 7 – Feb 11 10:30 AM-1:30 PM – FREE
Cooking Classes for Kids
Join us and learn about food safety, nutrition, and the importance of preparing in a clean and nice cooking environment. Kids will have an amazing time socializing and sharing their creativity with our young chef Alexandros from Greece and will explore cooking habits from different cultures! Kids will write down and vote what kind of food they want to learn to make in their first class. Please, bring your own Tupperware. The classes will include recipes for finger food, school lunch, cookies, and a few jar mixes.
Sat Jan 13 – Feb 3 9:30 AM-11:30 AM $60/4 sess
Sat Feb 10 – Mar 2 9:30 AM-11:30 AM $60/4 sess
Sat Mar 9 – Mar 30 9:30 AM-11:30 AM $60/4 sess
Culinary Passport International Cooking – $10 per session
Come prepare some international cuisine with Alex as he showcases a different flavour each month. Participants will learn the how-to & walk away with a meal to enjoy! Sessions will run on the second Tuesday of each month, so make sure to sign up for each one.
Italian Cuisine – Tues Jan 9 9:30 AM-11:30 AM
Spanish Cuisine – Tues Feb 13 9:30 AM-11:30 AM
Iranian Cuisine – Tues Mar 12 9:30 AM-11:30 AM
Cooking, Health & Lifestyles Workshops – $10 per session
Japanese Plant Proteins – Mon Jan 15 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Indigenous Herbal Salves – Mon Jan 22 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Pressure Canning – Tues Feb 13 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Sprouting & Microgreens – Tues Feb 27 2:00 PM-3:30 PM CANCELLED
Gluten-Free Baking – Tues Mar 12 6:30 PM-8:30 PM