Know your Farmer, Know your Food.
Over the years Matchbox has had the privilege of working with many different groups. Every year, we work hard to produce more seed in an effort to improve access to open pollinated, organically grown vegetable seed in Canada. In the past, Matchbox has been one of over 150 farms across Canada participating in the Bauta Family Initiative For Canadian Seed Security, put together by USC Canada, Seeds Of Diversity, University of Manitoba and Everdale. We really enjoyed participating in this initiative and supporting their good work.
I am also proud to have been a part of The Greenbelt Foundation's World Crop Project. This project saw world food crops produced at 22 community gardens across the GTHA. As a participating partner, Matchbox produced a variety of hot crops to be planted in these gardens. Crops included eggplant, hot pepper, bitter melon, napa cabbage, and pak choy, tomatillo and okra. Each year I look forward to running trials on some of these varieties in my own garden to see how well they can grow in our Canadian climate.
Matchbox is also a proud supporter of The Bowery Project. Bowery Project is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to create opportunities for urban agriculture through the temporary use of vacant lots. Bowery Project designs, builds and manages mobile urban farms in downtown Toronto. They grow food for local chefs/restaurants and charities while engaging the community through fun, creative and educational programming.
In addition to all our work with the above mentioned organizations, we also consult with local chef, Dan Megna, and Laurie Lilliman, cocktail aficionado and flavour guru, owners of Twisted Lemon to build sustainable gardens for the restaurant. This is a fabulous opportunity for the farmer and the chef to close the gap between the plate and the farm. All food produced in the garden at Twisted Lemon is destined for the incredible plates created by his team. We hope you have a chance to visit this inspired restaurant and get a taste of both the gardens and the hospitality that Dan and Laurie have brought to Haldimand County and Hamilton.
Below, are some more links to other groups and organizations we have worked with in the past and through the present:
Toronto Region and Conservation
Canadian Youth Business Foundation
Canadian Organic Growers
Seeds Of Diversity
Toronto Farmers Market Network
Jason Inniss Catering
Ontario CSA Farm Directory