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The Nourish and Develop Foundation

Table Talks!

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Table Talks is a collaborative partnership with Durham Integrated Growers (DIG), North House Transitional Housing, and The Nourish and Develop Foundation (TNDF). The Talks centre around food and environmental related topics of importance to our community. The events are held on the 3rd Tuesday evening of each month at different locations in Brock. We have brought local farmers, cheese makers, beekeepers, policy writers, gardeners, entrepreneurs, students, parents, community developers and every one in between, together to discuss the importance of local food. Check out our Facebook page for the next event!

The Bountiful Basket

Consuming fresh local fruits and vegetables is a key piece in good physical and mental health, prevention of illness and positive economic impact on our community.  Sometimes when time and money are tight, fresh fruits and veggies can seem too difficult to choose or find room for in the budget. The Bountiful Basket Program was created with these issues in mind and helps us make good choices for our health and our community.

IMG_1131 The Basket contains 10 to 12 items of fresh vegetables and fruit and is available to Brock and surrounding area residents. You can pick the Basket up monthly for the low price of $15.00. In collaboration with Ontario Works (Durham Social Services), we have been able to sponsor 20 baskets per month for families on OW. You can order a basket for yourself or family up until the 2nd Friday of the month for pick up on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 11 am-3 pm. You can also donate a Basket for another family in need! Sponsor 2 or more baskets and get a tax receipt! Email foodpantry@tndf.ca or call 705 432 2444.

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Food Skills Certificate Program

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Need to enhance your food related skills? Enroll in our Food Skills Certificate Program. Participants will learn to shop on a budget, prepare fresh, local foods, and work together as a team to prepare and serve the Healthy Harvest Community Lunch.  This is a 12 week program offering certificates in such areas as Safe Food Handling, Smart Serve, Food and Mood, Shopping for Healthy Food Within a Budget, Table Setting and Preserving to name a few.  Once completed, participants can add these certificates along with a reference from TNDF to their resume. On occasion community partners from other business’s or organizations put on the Soup lunch as a team building exercise.

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Healthy Harvest Community Lunch Program

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The Community benefits from the Food Skills Certificate Program while enjoying the Healthy Harvest Community Luncheon.  In partnership with Cannington’s Trinity United Church along with other local groups who love to share our Community lunch, is an opportunity for everyone, young to old, poor to plentiful…anyone who loves to ‘break bread together’ while enjoying a nourishing, local, fresh, delicious meal. This is a free lunch, however much appreciated donations go to buying ingredients, program certificates and to Trinity United to help with their Mission of Service.

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Maple Tree Community Garden

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Have you got a green thumb but nowhere to plant? Could you use the support and guidance of someone with the green thumb that you may not have been blessed with? Do you feel that food grown locally, organically, and harvested at peak is the ultimate feast? Imagine saving money by growing your own vegetables and herbs! That’s what the Community Garden is for! Anyone is welcome to rent a plot for a small fee of $20.00 per year. Not only does the Garden promote sustainability and togetherness in the community but individuals gain new skills and enjoy some locally grown produce. The Garden also provides plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables for the food pantry.  One plot is approximately 16 by 14 feet and situated on a beautiful hillside in Cannington beside the local school.

This year we are grateful to have been awarded a grant from TreeCanada. With their sponsors Telus, Silk and Loblaw we partnered up with 1st Cannington Scouts and Foggy River Farm to create the beginnings of an edible orchard!

All ready for the plants!

Edible Orchard Help

Community Garden 3Beneficial Bugs! Scouts and Families help plant in the snowFruit and nut trees need it to be cold to plant. Look at all the Scouts, Brownies and awesome parents who braved the storm to plant our orchard.

Our future tending to our future~

This year we were awarded a grant from https://treecanada.ca/en/ sponsored by partners Telus, Silk and Loblaw. Here we have one of our Cannington Brownies carefully giving our edible orchard its last drink before its roots settle into the cold ground. Thanks to Foggy River Farms for guiding us through the process and to the 1st Cannington Scouts for braving the cold and sometimes snow to help us create our Mother edible orchard that will offer us her fruits for years to come.

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This is TNDF’s brand new program launching this spring. The idea behind it, is to connect the farmer/gardener and our tables/consumers. We all need food. We are very familiar with the huge amount of wasted food that is not consumed (farmers fields) or thrown away each year. Our program will navigate and teach those participating on how to grow, prepare, and preserve our food; connecting our Community Garden with our Kitchen Table.

In our Garden to Table Program we join forces with kids and others to gather up the bounty from the Community Garden along with other donations and work together in the kitchen to turn this raw beauty into nutritious, ready to eat food.  Preserving, freezing, bagging up and cooking food to eat right away and to send home with the people who need it for the people who need it.

“Grow, harvest, prepare, and share”

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 Food Pantry

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Do you find yourself and your family short of nutritious food because money has run out?  The Food Pantry can help.  At TNDF we believe that food banks are a Band-Aid that was intended to be a temporary relief to an emergency situation. Unfortunately, more and more families are finding themselves without the opportunity to buy healthy, appropriate, accessible and affordable food.  Food insecurity has become a chronic problem with detrimental social, financial, emotional, physical and familial side effects.

If this is you or someone you know please do not hesitate to call and get information about our Food Pantry Relief Program.  People in need may access the Food Pantry one time per month for a 3-4 day food supplement.  Ask us about our ”Circle of Care” Program and find out how you can benefit from the many resources, educational workshops, webinars and alternative programming.

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Table Talks!

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Table Talks is a collaborative partnership with Durham Integrated Growers (DIG), North House Transitional Housing, and The Nourish and Develop Foundation (TNDF). The Talks centre around food and environmental related topics of importance to our community. The events are held on the 3rd Tuesday evening of each month at different locations in Brock. We have brought local farmers, cheese makers, beekeepers, policy writers, gardeners, entrepreneurs, students, parents, community developers and every one in between, together to discuss the importance of local food. Check out our Facebook page for the next event!

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Workshops, Webinars and Resources

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Food education can transmit through many forms. At the Nourish and Develop Foundation there is something for everyone and everyone has something to contribute!

By linking people to workshops, newsletters and other handouts with articles on such messages as recipes and nutritional content, participants can learn food-related skills, and many other transferable and useful techniques. Check out our Facebook page to see what workshops are coming up and how you can register. Education is the key towards self-reliance.  Self-reliance in conjunction with participation is the key to a healthy community.

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Commons Timebank

“More than volunteering”

After years of receiving the generous contributions from our Volunteers, we concluded that is time to give back, it’s time for Timebanking.

Timebanking is a way to help others and receive help in return. Instead of money, we exchange time. We share skills and talent. If you help a Timebank member, you earn one Timebank Hour per hour (credit), no matter who you are or what you do. Some people may be able to provide rides to the grocery store or the doctor. Others will watch your dog or cat – teach you yoga – shop for you or serve as tutor.

Timebanking also links individuals with social and/or community groups that do good work in the community. The things we do are not just favours or volunteering. We give and receive. We need each other. In Timebanking everyone counts!

Attend our upcoming information sessions, register and you will be credited two hours of Timebank. To register click here https://hourworld.org/bank/Join.php?hw=1126 For more information please contact: Ron Davies davies28202@hotmail.com or call  705-432-2444 

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A Program Participant Testimonial  
“Participating in The Nourish and Develop Programs is amazing! I love it! Having had this chance to contribute to the community has changed my life. It has opened doors for me, given me many new friendships and opportunities while helping and working with others. I’m so proud and honoured to be part of this team!” Nikita

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