Gardeners Cultivating Healthy Food, New Gardeners and Community

BY Amy Angelo An article published recently in the Hamilton Spectator states that poverty in this city has not decreased over the past 10 years. This alarming statistic is relevant to this current Food Security issue of the Anvil because food insecurity is rooted in poverty. Poverty is greatly influenced by many factors. According to Tom Cooper of The Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction, who is … Continue reading Gardeners Cultivating Healthy Food, New Gardeners and Community

Community Food Centres and the Right to Food

BY Daniel Moore In May 2012, a United Nation’s Special Rappateur toured Canada to examine how our country is realizing the human right to food. He visited Toronto, Montreal, northern Manitoba, and Edmonton. He met with a variety of groups that all have a vested interest in ensuring that all Canadians have the means to access food that is sufficient and adequate in a dignified manner. … Continue reading Community Food Centres and the Right to Food

The Hamilton Community Food Centre

By Clare Wagner For 30 years, a team of dedicated staff and volunteers at Neighbour to Neighbour Centre have been meeting the issue of food insecurity head on. What started as a small food bank has evolved into a vibrant community centre. Neighbour to Neighbour works to alleviate and prevent poverty by offering access to social supports, tutoring programs for children, utility subsidy programs, counselling … Continue reading The Hamilton Community Food Centre

The Hamilton Farmers’ Market – Long-time Player in the Local Food & Food Security Realms

BY Donna Lee Macdonald The Hamilton Farmers’ Market has been involved in the selling and trading of local food in downtown Hamilton since 1837. The Market is as old as the City itself and in 1883 the first civic building built in Hamilton housed the Market downstairs (where we get our food) and the Council upstairs (where we make our decisions to build our community). This … Continue reading The Hamilton Farmers’ Market – Long-time Player in the Local Food & Food Security Realms

Hamilton Community Garden Network

The Hamilton Community Garden Network (HCGN), a project hosted by the Neighbour to Neighbour Centre, collaboratively supports people in building and sustaining community gardening projects from the perspective of improving food security and community building in Hamilton. community gardens also are a place for learning new skills, building relationships and so many other social, psychological and physical benefits A Community Gardens is when a group … Continue reading Hamilton Community Garden Network

Hamilton Food Strategy – Creating a Healthy, Sustainable, and Just Food System for All

BY Sandy Skrzypczyk, MHSc, RD, City of Hamilton Public Health Services What is the future of food in Hamilton? A simple question, but a complex issue to address. No doubt, depending on who you ask, you will get many different answers. And if you then ask how the city should build a healthy, sustainable, and just food system, you will get even more differing answers. … Continue reading Hamilton Food Strategy – Creating a Healthy, Sustainable, and Just Food System for All

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