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❄️ Winter Updates: Black History Month, spring events, youth and kids’ programs, and more! 🌱

We have a jam-packed newsletter this month! Read on to find out about our Black History Month talk and other spring events, buying vegetables from the farm, programs for children and youth, and ways to show your support and get involved.

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A message from our Director

Dear BCCF family and friends,

2018 brings in a renewed energy to Black Creek Community Farm. Our team has been busy planning exciting activities for the season. Here is a snapshot of our impact in 2017:

  • Produce: We grew 33 varieties and over 10,000 lbs of vegetables
  • Connection to the community: We welcomed 4020 visitors to our public events, 1600 kids and 230 youth program participants, and 150 volunteers

2018 is off to a great start with an amazing line up of staff. I would like to introduce you to newest members to our team: Amy Cheng, our Market Garden Manager; Anna Mancuso (who just returned from parental leave), our Admin and Communications Coordinator; and Marina Lamas Pucci, our Farm Park Coordinator.

All this would not have been possible without generous support from people like you. I encourage to join our monthly donor program to ensure that we can keep this farm rooted in the Jane and Finch Community and provide high-quality programs and services for children and youth, and maintain our beautiful and unique farm park.

Leticia Deawuo

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Youth Cooking Program Launch
Register now for Knowing Your Plate, a food skills program for youth ages 15-24 in low-income communities. The program includes a variety of cooking sessions with professional chefs, growing food with farmers, food safety training with Toronto Public Health, food and nutrition education with nutritionists, and various field trips. Knowing your plate runs from 5-7 pm on Mondays, beginning February 19. Refreshments and tokens provided.
Kids’ Programs Update

Check out our new schedule of 2018 Kids’ Programs! An amazing 1200 students from 26 schools participated in Farm School field trips, and 200 campers attended our farm camps in 2017. Thanks to George Weston Limited and The Healthy Kids Community Challenge, we were able to subsidize over 50% of the field trip visits and campers last year. In 2018, thanks to the continued support of George Weston Limited, we will once again offer affordable food-, farming- and outdoor education-based programs for kids all year long.Our summer programming includes Field Trips for Day CampsSummer Farm Camp for ages 6 to 12, and, new in 2018, Lil’ Farmers, a week of summer camp just for 4- to 6-year-olds. PA Day Camp on June 8th is a great way for kids to get a taste of our camp experiences. Register soon as space is limited. March Break Camp is already full this year. Thanks to everyone who signed up!

Spring and fall Farm School field trips are also filling up fast, don’t delay booking your class for a visit to the farm!

Registration for Harvest Share Program Opens Soon!
We will be running our Harvest Share (vegetable subscription) at BCCF again this year from June to December (4 more weeks than last year!). We look forward to sharing another season of fresh, local, and organic produce with you! Our farmers have been working hard on the crop plan this past month, planning the production of 40 different crops and 97 different vegetable and flower varieties this season. It is going to be delicious and beautiful. 

Above is a photo of what farm planning in the winter looks like.

Please stay tuned for registration information coming very soon! Send us a message if you would like to receive an email as soon as registration opens.

 Family Day at the Farm
Monday, February 19 | 1:00-3:30 pm
Come spend Family Day with us at Black Creek Community Farm! This free event is a great way to experience our farm camp programs and spend time with your family. While our camp programs are aimed at children 5-12, all ages are welcome and encouraged to come visit the farm! For more information click here.
Black History Month Event
Wednes., Feb. 28, 6:00-8:30 pm
Join us at the farm for Black Farming Settlements and the Future of Food Movements, a presentation by Abena Offeh-Gyimah exploring Black farming settlements in Canada. Black farmers have a long history in Canada going as far back as Guysborough, Nova Scotia in the late 1700’s; Buxton, Queen Bush, and Dresden in Ontario in the mid-to-late 1800’s; and Amber Valley, among other smaller communities, in Alberta in the early 1900’s. RSVP to as space is limited.
Maple Syrup Day 
Saturday, March 24, 10 am – 1 pmBring the whole family to learn how maple sap is turned into sweet, delicious syrup! Gather ’round the fire to see for a syrup boiling demo, and enjoy a plateful of pancakes smothered in maple syrup with a hot cup of coffee or tea brewed with maple sap. For more information click here.

Book Your Meeting or Corporate Teambuilding Event Today!

Looking for a one-of-a-kind space to hold your next meeting or event? Or a unique teambuilding experience that engages all your senses, provides lots of great photo ops, and enables you to give back to the community? We’ve got the perfect opportunity for your team or group.

Half and full day experiences with farm-fresh lunch and snack options are available. Email us for more information or to reserve a date.

Save the dates and stay tuned for details!

  • Earth Day Site Clean-Up | April 22, 2018
  • Black Creek Blackout | June 1, 2018
  • Annual Farm Festival | July 21, 2018
  • Honeybee Day | August 18, 2018
  • Fall Fundraising Dinner | September 13, 2018

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