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 2023 PROGRAMS – Register starting March 18
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 17-May 15 11:00 AM-11:30 AM- FREE
Mon May 29-June 26 11:00 AM-11:30 AM- FREE
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 April 11, May 9, June 6 9:30 AM-11:30 AM – $20 per session
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 April 5 to May 10 11:00 AM-12:00 PM – FREE
Wed May 24 to June 28 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. Healthy eating is an important part of overall wellness and we hope this program inspires you to cook tasty meals for you and your family. Have fun in the kitchen and keep cooking! No class on Apr 9. Students must be able to attend all 6 weeks.
Sun April 2-May 14 10:30 AM-1:30 PM – FREE
Garden Workshops – $5 per session
Spring Garden Planning – Mon Mar 27 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Sack Gardening – Sat May 6 12:00 PM-2:00 PM
Vertical Gardening with Pop Bottles – Sat May 6 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Intro to Syntropic Farming – Sat June 3 12:00 PM-2:00 PM
Garden Volunteer Days – FREE
Come meet other people in your community by working on an outdoor project in our Community Garden. Enjoy the sunshine and bring your enthusiasm to this small outdoor gardening gathering.
Sat May 13 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Sat Jun 10 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Cooking, Health & Lifestyles Workshops – $5 per session
Japanese Comfort Food: Home-Style Sushi and Inari – Tues April 18 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Cosmetics for Better Skin – Tues April 26 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Moroccan Cooking – Wed May 10 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Become Your Own Home Florist – Tues June 6 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Nutrition Workshops with Wendy – FREE
Heart Healthy Eating – Tues April 18 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Gut Health – Tues May 16 11:00 AM-12:00 PM