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.

SPRING 2024 PROGRAMS – Register starting March 16

See all of our offerings in the Spring Program Guide.

Decolonizing Tea Party

Leona is a Gitxsan and Nisga’a mother of 3, Fireweed House, Killerwhale Clan. As an Indigenous Cultural Programmer, Leona will share her journey and lead a discussion, sipping the tea on politics, or any topic that comes up in true mad hatter style. Feel free to bring a snazzy hat.

Mon Apr 8 – 6:30 PM-8:30 PM – now FREE!

Growing Kids

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 Apr 8 – May 13 11:00 AM-11:30 AM- FREE

Mon May 27 – Jun 24 11:00 AM-11:30 AM- FREE

Gardening Corner

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 Apr 3 – May 8 11:00 AM-12:00 PM – FREE

Wed May 15 – Jun 26 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.

This is a free six week course. Participants must be able to attend all 6 weeks.

Sun Apr 14 – May 19 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 Apr 6 – 27 9:30 AM-11:30 AM $60/4 sess

Sat May 4 – 25 9:30 AM-11:30 AM $60/4 sess

Sat Jun 1 – 22 9:30 AM-11:30 AM $60/4 sess

Culinary Passport International Cooking – $15 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.

Greek Cuisine – Tues April 2 9:30 AM-11:30 AM

Jamaican Cuisine – Tues May 7 9:30 AM-11:30 AM

Colombian Cuisine – Tues June 4 9:30 AM-11:30 AM

Cooking and Gardening Workshops – $10 per session

Planning Your Spring Garden – Sat Apr 13 11 AM-1 PM

Sack Gardening – Sat May 18 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Worm Composting – Sat May 18 12:00 PM-2:00 PM

Canning 101 – Rhubarb Chutney – Tues May 28 2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Japanese Cooking – Okonomiyaki – Mon June 3 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Home Florist: Making a Kitchen Bouquet – Mon June 17 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

NEW!  Plant Walk with Lori Snyder – Thurs June 28 6:30 PM-8:00 PM


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