The cost and availability of food is a serious issue for the Indigenous peoples in the North of Ontario.
According to a 2016 study by Food Secure Canada, the average cost of groceries for a family of four in Attawapiskat was a whopping $1,909 per month. Compare that with the Waterloo Region average of $861.80 per month.
MCC has been approached by nine isolated First Nation communities across the North of Ontario who seek to 'Grow Gardeners’. Work with us as we raise funds to send site-appropriate seeds and a garden kit to these communities working to sustain food production in their homeland.
For each kit we need:
- 2 new hand trowels (metal)
- 2 new hand garden forks (metal)
- 1 set of men's large gardening gloves
- 1 set of women's large gardening gloves
- 2 packets of wildflower seeds
- 5 packets of vegetable seed (carrots, beans, beets, radishes, zucchini or cabbage)
- In addition, we are asking for $30 per kit towards shipping costs
MCC will be adding ten pounds of seed potatoes to the kit.
"...it's more about relationship, and...relationship with one's body through eating whole, fresh foods and getting great exercise; relationship with the land, the soil and what grows; relationship with children and families who learn and help to grow food; relationship with those who share food with us.""
- Patty Everson, Nurse Manager, Home and Community Program, Windigo First Nations Council