Thank you to everyone who made it out to the Neighbourhood Summer Market! We enjoyed fresh local fruits, vegetables, honey, bread and great conversations. The market runs from the end of June until the end of August, every Wednesday, rain or shine! See you in 2023.
The Neighbourhood Summer Market is brought to you by the Highland Stirling Community Group.
Enjoy the scenic greenspace nestled in the rear of the community centre where neighbours can meet in a safe and inclusive environment. It is outfitted with perennial and permaculture gardens with pollinating plants, container gardens, mature trees, natural seating, picnic tables, a naturalized play area, and a green lawn ideal for games and picnics.
In addition, there are also two basketball nets and one outdoor ping pong table. For paddles and balls, or to volunteer as a gardener, contact the centre.
While the garden at the community centre is small, it serves a meaningful role in connecting people to food production. By volunteering at the garden, residents of all ages and abilities learn about seeds, planting, tending, and harvesting vegetables.
According to local studies by the Waterloo Region Community Garden Network, "community gardens bring people together and may reduce crime rates in the neighbourhood by increasing visibility and engaging citizens in positive initiatives."
Overall, community gardens contribute healthy lifestyles helping relieve stress and increase one's sense of wellness, getting people active, and providing opportunities to build a sense of community and belonging.
To learn more or to volunteer in the garden, contact the centre.
Cob is a traditional building material made of clay, sand, straw and water. Once the material is dry, cob is incredibly strong. It creates a thermal mass, which absorbs and stores heat from a wood fire, then stays hot for many hours after the fire is pulled out. Cob building requires no cement, no expensive tools or materials and is a "people friendly" way of building.
Together, volunteers built our community cob oven and the structure which protects it from the elements (and the bakers too!). It has become a gathering place during special events where volunteers prepare delicious breads, pizza, corn on the cob and other baked and roasted dishes.