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.


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 Jan 9 to Mar 6 11:00 AM-11:30 AM- FREE

Community Kitchen

Come prepare some delicious dishes to take home to your family while your children (12 months and up) are cared for on-site. We will prepare different dishes each month depending on the season. Participants MUST register for each session by the Wednesday before the class to allow us for childminding and food shopping.

Tues Jan 10, Feb 7, Mar 7 9:30 AM-11:30 AM – $20 per session

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.

Wed Jan 11 to Mar 8 11:00 AM-12:00 PM – FREE

Food Skills for Families – Healthy Cooking on A Budget

Food Skills for Families is an enjoyable way to connect in the kitchen, learn hands-on cooking skills and make healthy eating, easy, quick and fun. Students must be able to attend all 6 weeks.

Sun Jan 29-Mar 5 10:30 AM-1:30 PM – FREE

DIY Series with Lisa – $5 per session

Beeswax Wraps – Mon Jan 16 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Making Herbal Salves – Mon Feb 13 1:00 PM-2:30 PM

Canning 101 – Mon Mar 6 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Spring Garden Planning – Mon Mar 27 1:00 PM-2:30 PM

Nutrition Workshops with Wendy – FREE

Healthy Eating for Seniors – Tues Jan 17 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Eat to Beat Inflammation – Tues Feb 21 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Nutrition and Your Immune System – Tues Mar 7 11:00 AM-12:00 PM




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