Toronto Community Garden Network
I spent an afternoon a week at a community garden during 2008 and 2009. The first year I didn't have access to growing space but taking part in the community garden allowed me to grow enough to meet pretty much all my vegetable needs for the summer. I returned to the garden the following year despite moving to an apartment with a backyard garden because it turns out community gardens are a pretty awesome social experience. So how to get in on the growing? TCGN has created a large ... [Read More]
 
The Toronto Beekeeper’s Co-operative
I discovered the Toronto Beekeepers Co-op a couple of years ago through friends at foodshares community garden. There are people keeping bees in the city? It seemed incredible, never mind that I'd been deeply afraid of bees and the possibility I might be alergic to stings, this was something I had to do(Turns out bee alergies are extremly rare and I don't have one.) How could I resist? I'm a total sweet fiend and the possibility of getting my own hands sticky in the pr... [Read More]
 
Bee Queen Honey
Before talking about Bee Queen Honey I’d like to provide a bit of background into the beekeeping industry. Despite the recent research identifying Neonicotinoids (one the most widely used pesticides globally) as a serious concern for bee health, the varroa mite is seen as one of the leading causes of bee death in Ontario. While many beekeepers have resorted to harsh chemicals, others seeking more natural alternatives attempt to control for mites using formic acid or even essential ... [Read More]
 
Karma Food Co-op
As a proud foodie without a desire to ignore environmental issues, joining Karma co-op was an obvious choice. The main attractions for me was their commitment to local, organic and food that comes with less packaging. They carry the typical bulk nuts, flour, quinoa, dried fruits and rice you would expect to find in such a store but they have a number of hard to find items in bulk such as organic spices, eggs, Ontario maple syrup, Ontario Honey and Ontario sunflower oil. Karma ... [Read More]