Seeds of Change and Connection to Community: A Seed Library in Hamilton

BY J’Accuse Davis After an archaeological dig on First Nations land in Wisconsin, ancient squash seeds sealed in a pot were grown into a variety of squash that is an estimated 800 years old. This particular variety of squash is a hallmark–an icon of the conditions in which it was grown not only because it has been preserved so well and for so long, but … Continue reading Seeds of Change and Connection to Community: A Seed Library in Hamilton

There is a Solution to Food Insecurity

BY Violeta Puente-Duran, MScA in Human Nutrition Food insecurity occurs within a household when food quantity and variety are reduced due to financial limitations. In Hamilton, food insecurity affects more than one in nine households. How might families and individuals deal with food insecurity? One, by turning to food banks for temporarily relief; two, by buying less food and thus eating less; three, by purchasing energy-dense, lower … Continue reading There is a Solution to Food Insecurity

Nutritious food unattainable for too many Hamiltonians

BY Mary Ellen Prange, RD, City of Hamilton Public Health Services. Every year, City of Hamilton Public Health Services monitors what it costs to buy basic nutritious food. The cost of 67 food items in a sample of grocery stores across Hamilton is surveyed. These 67 items make up the Nutritious Food Basket (NFB) which can be used to prepare a week’s worth of healthy meals … Continue reading Nutritious food unattainable for too many Hamiltonians

Urban Foraging

BY Joachim Brouwer Urban foraging is the art of scavenging consumable and reusable items in our cities. Foraging originally meant, only gathering plants that were growing wild in public, but when prefixed with urban, the term has come to have a broader and very politicized definition.  The flotsam and jetsam, the detritus created by the Capitalist paradigm of conspicuous consumption and thrown into the ever burgeoning growing waste stream is taken out, diverted and … Continue reading Urban Foraging