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$29 for a Canning Workshop with Three-Piece Starter Kit ($80 Value)
At 90-minute canning workshops, students learn the basics of the health and safety issues related to canning, as well as recipes that show the range of potential canning projects using produce harvested from Fresh City’s own fields. After sessions, each participant receives a three-piece canning kit that includes a lid lifter, funnel, and jar lifter, as well as recipes and discounts on Fresh City products. Janet Nezon of Rainbow Plate runs the workshops, hosted at Patagonia or Merchants of Green Coffee. Workshops take place at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the following Sundays: August 26, September 9, September 16, September 23, September 30, October 7, October 14, and October 21. Workshops on Thursday, September 27, and Thursday, October 4, will be held at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Fresh City Farms
Fresh City Farms aims to reconnect consumers with their surrounding soil. The team, formed of activists with such qualifications as a degree in environmental science and certificate in food security, focuses efforts on reforming the food system by supporting local farmers and microfarmers, holding education workshops, and managing a community supported agriculture (CSA) program. Driven by their dissatisfaction with industrial food systems and their harmful effects on the planet, they use only organic and sustainable agriculture techniques at their farms and gardens.
Though Fresh City's home base is in Downsview Park, the organization also matches ambitious entrepreneurs, or Member Farmers, with pieces of land where they can cultivate whatever they wish. The team trains Member Farmers in organic farming technologies and lends them access to resources ranging from soil-testing services to rototillers.
Nonfarmers can also take part in the sustainable food movement by opting for Fresh City's no-commitment and customizable CSA membership, which nets a weekly delivery of seasonal produce that's largely sourced from Fresh City's own plots or Southern Ontario farms. The box contains 80 per cent local produce on average and eschews food from far away out of respect for tomatoes' fear of airports. Workshop participants receive 50 per cent off their first regular box.
The age-old art of growing your own delicious, garden fresh food is making a comeback with classes such as Mighty Micro Greens and Sprouts. Fun with Fermented Foods teaches students how to preserve the food they've grown, as does Canning Basics.
The Fresh City workshop team is made up of dedicated teachers, foodies, and sustainable farmers. They are passionate about growing and eating local, sustainably-produced food and helping their community improve access to healthy, top-quality food year-round.