Liberty for Youth UPDATE

Two weeks of Liberty For Youth have gone by, so here is an update! Last week we had the opportunity to do some baking and cooking. The baking involved sticky dough that formed into delicious biscuits some of which were covered with cheese! Cooking that week was adventurous as well, a variety of veggies and some meat went into a frittata that many enjoyed. We had a laugh at the pronunciation of frittata, many thought we were making fajitas again!
Yesterday we did the double show once again, baking zucchini bran muffins and cooking up some sandwiches. The muffins were delicious and nutritious. Sandwiches came in a variety of flavours including turkey, grilled cheese, and even peanut butter and blueberry. Our CFAs let us know that fresh fruit like blueberries is a great alternative to sugar filled jams. It sure was delicious!

Something New at Liberty

Last week at L4Y we did something a little different. We made a Watermelon Power Drink!!! This drink consisted of watermelon, lime, mint, some ginger, and a touch of water. What is great about this alternative is that it has no artificial sugar. Usually sports drinks are full of artificial sugar, but this drink will allow for a clean restoration of your electrolytes. After the drink, we cooked up some veggies and meat to make fajitas. Everyone made up their own according to their tastes and we all had a delicious treat. What a great night!

Garden Update!

At the garden we have been blessed by two delights in the last few weeks. The first include the variety of flowers that have bloomed recently in our garden. Colour abounds all around us and we are thankful to be able to care for and enjoy these plants. Below are a variety of pictures for you to enjoy of these flowers. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do. The other delight we have enjoyed is the crop we’ve harvested in the past little while. Apples abound here and we have gathered them along with a few of the first radishes from out front. We also got a few volunteers to take the crop to the Native Women’s Centre. Thanks friends!

Hot Lunch

This Wednesday we had another successful Hot Lunch here at Faith! The turnout was great and we had the opportunity to hear from two of our interns about the work we’ve been doing in the garden and in the community. Our menu this week has consisted a variety of delicious dishes including peas, chicken, and coleslaw. The star of the show was the pasta salad complete with tons of veggies including tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, onion, and zucchini. Our conclusion was a delicious peach and rhubarb crisp! If you would like to join us, keep in mind that Hot Lunches start at 11:30 AM on the last Wednesday of every month.

Adventure at Red Hill HPL

This morning our team took a trip to the local library, the Red Hill Hamilton Public Library, to put on a food demonstration for some kids that attended. Libraries are essential institutions in our community, and they house immense amounts of knowledge and opportunity accessible to all. Along with the books and computers that are on offer there, libraries also provide programs like the one we led. We are incredibly thankful for libraries, for their support of people. Today we worked with kids to put together a delicious salsa salad complete with tomatoes, celery, beans, corn, peppers, avocado, lime juice, oil, and onion. It was a delicious meal that can be used as a snack or a meal. This particular meal fits in the vegetable category of the food recommendation plate that we also went over with the kids. All in all it was a wonderful morning of learning and fun!

 

L4Y PIZZA PARTY

Last night at Liberty for Youth, we had an exciting night of personal pita pizzas! There were a variety of exciting toppings accessible to us thanks to our wonderful community food advisers. The ingredients available included red pepper, onion, pineapple, mozzarella, goats cheese, pepperoni, and tomato. To top it all of we had a yummy Cesar salad as well. Coming together to make and eat food is a wonderful part of how we build community. We at Faith are thankful for this opportunity to do this with Liberty for Youth.

BEES!

Here at Faith, in our work in the garden and out in the community, we focus a lot on plants. More specifically, for this post, I’d like to touch on the flowers, fruits, and vegetables that we grow here. In order for many of these plants to be able to be grown in the way we grow them, there is something essential required. BEES! Bees are one of the greatest pollinators in our world, and we are lucky to have them. Here are some facts to think about next time you see a bee.
– 1/3 of ALL FOOD requires pollination, including many of the plants we grow here at Faith
– 70 different types of crops are pollinated by bees
– Pollinators including bees and other insects contribute between $235 and $577 BILLION to the global economy
Unfortunately bees are under threat, and are experiencing higher than normal colony collapse. Pesticides and continual human expansion continues this problem. I’ve attached a picture of good pollinators that will help bees from the City of Guelph. I hope you learned to love the bees, and remember their importance.
 
Sources:
– the BBC & the British Beekeepers Association
-the World Economic Forum
-the City of Guelph