Crunching to Your Health!

Image credit: Greenfuse Photography / Laura Berman

Image credit: Greenfuse Photography / Laura Berman

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Farm to (hospital) table – heading to the market

If you’ve been reading Talkin’ Trash, you know we love us some local food and farmers markets. Lucky for us, SickKids hosts one every Tuesday right next door to 3 of our UHN sites. Whether you go every week or have never been in your life, we’d like to ask you a few things to make the market even better for you. We’ll make this worth your while … 6 quick questions and you could win Market Bucks for this and others**

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Freshest thing on wheels

As the infinitely wise Ferris Bueller once noted “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” In this world of time-crushing connectivity, one of the best places to slow down and appreciate life’s magic is a nice green garden. You can’t swipe a screen while you dig in the dirt. Add a dash of local fresh food and you’re golden.

There’s a lot of gardeny goodness this year at UHN…

Look how gorgeous these wheelchair accessible planters are ... sprinklings of marigolds help keep the mosquitoes away

Look how gorgeous these wheelchair accessible planters are … sprinklings of marigolds help keep the mosquitoes away

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Let’s GROW!

I am thrilled and delighted to introduce our first wheelchair accessible garden at Toronto Rehab, Bickle Center! We’re calling it GROW, for Garden Rehab On Wheels. A lot of green thumbs and grey matter went into designing this new venture. See for yourself!

This is the stellar Green Team after our first meeting of the season – our gardening champions are from recreational therapy, speech language therapy, nursing, clinical nutrition, spiritual care, volunteer resources, maintenance, management and administration.

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How do you crunch?

To get the veg out, there’s a pretty cool event held by our friends at Foodshare. Thursday, March 10 at 2:30pm EST, simply bite into a fresh veggie or fruit … bonus if you pledge or share on your favorite social media site#greatbigcrunch. For a serious crunch-factor, I’d recommend apples, carrots and celery over a banana or tomato.

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We need some seed to feed, indeed

We are getting ready to take the 5th kick at the can (or throw at the hoe) for the UHN Real Food Garden! It may seem too cold and snowy to think of easy, breezy, green gardens, but now is actually the time to plan. A quick look at Toronto’s growing calendar shows that for many crops, sowing seeds indoors should start as soon as end of February to middle of March (not to be confused with Middlemarch by George Eliot) . Bring us your broccoli, Brussel sprouts and cabbage, your eggplants, peppers and tomatoes … all need an early start in a bright green house.

Geremy starting seeds in previous garden seasons

Geremy starting seeds in our 3rd garden season

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UHN Gardens Show off their Harvest

Let me start with some local food hot news:

Did you know? Up until now, Ontario chicken farmers had only two options: either buy an average $1.75 million quota (i.e. some sort of license) for the right to produce a minimum of 90,000 birds a year… or buy no quota and produce a maximum of 300 birds a year that they could only sell at their farm gate. No wonder Ontario alternatives to conventionally raised chicken are not available to our hospitals. It’s hardly available to anyone!

Here is the good news: Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) just announced a portfolio of new “flocking options” (600 to 3,000 birds) that will support expanded business opportunities for Ontario small and medium chicken farmers. Next stumbling block…. getting small abattoirs to process the chicken, since Ontario ones have all been closed down.

Yes – as you now know – it takes a lot to serve Ontario food to our patients, unless…

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