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January 24th, 2017

Welcome to our second newsletter of 2017 – hope the new year has started off well for you and yours! Are you counting down to spring? We certainly are!


The weather has not been very wintery lately, with cloudy, dull and rainy conditions instead of snow and ice. However, we can find TWO silver linings in these persistent rain clouds:
(a) We don’t have to shovel and scrape the resulting precipitation, and (b) The rain will add moisture to the water table and produce better growing conditions in the spring for farmers and gardeners alike!!

Come and get your seed swap on!!

Green Venture presents Hamilton’s annual Seedy Saturday!
Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 10am-3pm
St. Helen Centre at McQuesten
Address: 785 Britannia Ave. Hamilton, L8H 2B6
Entrance by Donation

We are so looking forward to this fantastic event that brings together a wonderful community of likeminded vendors, environmental groups, and local organizations. Seedy Saturday 2017 is the ‘go to’ place for anyone and everyone interested in backyard gardening, edible gardening, pollinator gardens, sustainability, heirloom and organic seed supplies and more!

Inspired by Seeds of Diversity Canada this event will celebrate gardening in Hamilton with a public event focused on sustainable, local practices and products including:

  • Seed exchange – please bring your seeds in packed and labelled envelops to make the swap easier for our participants
  • Gardening book exchange – mastered everything in your own gardening book and want to try another? Visit our book exchange table!
  • Seed and garden supply vendors
  • Garden workshops and educational demonstrations
  • Opportunities for meeting and networking with other gardeners and experts

P.S. Hamilton Victory Gardens will take part in Seedy Saturday, so be sure to come by our display booth and support the volunteers there!!

Remember to like & follow us on Facebook! 
Keep up with the current garden events and check out our pictures.

Fantastic Partnership with Moksha Yoga Hamilton

Each month, Moksha Yoga Hamilton studios in Dundas and Stoney Creek work with a different local charity to help raise awareness and funds for their good work. Proceeds from the February Friday night Karma classes at Moksha Yoga will be donated to HVG!  Please help us promote these classes – the more people who attend, the more money we can raise!
The by-donation classes take place every Friday night at 7:30pm and are beginner-friendly and open to everyone for a minimum $7 donation

Do you volunteer with HVG?  Do you like Yoga or just want to give it a try?

Moksha Yoga Hamilton: We believe in the work that Hamilton Victory Gardens is doing and we would like to work with you during the month of February.  We want you to get to know us and feel appreciated for the work that you are doing in our community.

Volunteers are invited to attend as many classes as you like during February.  To be eligible to attend the classes, volunteers must register before January 29th.  Please email Kathleen Fox, with your name and the site/event where you volunteered.  Email:

Do you have a friend that loves yoga, but hasn’t volunteered?  Stay tuned to our Facebook page for a chance to win a One Month Unlimited pass for MYH for the winner and a friend!


We are in the process of recruiting two new staff members:

  1. A full-time Operations Manager, to be hired by Feb. 10th, who will coordinate crop planning and assume the overall management of the garden sites. (A portion of this year’s salary for our O.M. will be supplied by a grant from Ontario Trillium Foundation.)
  2. A part-time Volunteer Coordinator, as of March 1st, who will manage volunteer recruitment and retention, and organize and expand our Education Program and outreach to diverse community groups. (A special thanks to ArcelorMittal Dofasco for their grant that will provide the funds for this employee’s salary!)
 good food logo

HVG Becomes a

Exciting news! Hamilton Victory Gardens has been accepted as a member of the 100+ Good Food Organizations which work in alliance with Community Food Centres Canada (CFC Canada) to build a healthier and fairer food system. We’re proud to join this growing network of like-minded organizations across Canada who share a commitment to offer healthy and dignified food programs in their communities.
Mission Services and Welcome Inn Community Centre are also Good Food Organizations in Hamilton, and the Hamilton Community Food Centre involves a partnership between CFC Canada and Neighbour-to-Neighbour.

 Carolyn, the Cancord Site Coordinator from 2014-2016, and the students from the Filipino McMaster Student Association.

Site Coordinators ROCK!

We want to express CUDOS to the HVG Site Coordinators for 2016—Carolyn, Greta, Sam, Michelle, Mike, Geoff, Harold, Olivia, Trish, Christina, Pam, Nancy, John, Michael and Anne Marie.
You were all instrumental in the success of HVG last year, and we look forward to working with you in the new growing season ahead.
SPECIAL THANKS—Carolyn Jones, who has been the Site Coordinator for the past 3 years at Cancord, our largest garden site, has given so much of her time, effort and energy towards making Cancord a well-organized, beautiful, and VERY productive site!!! As well as directing regular volunteers at the three weekly work bees at Cancord, Carolyn has also supervised visits by school groups, members of the ECHO program, summer camp participants, refugees, and more—sometimes with several of these in the garden at the same time!! Everyone who has volunteered at the Cancord garden has benefitted from Carolyn’s amazing gardening expertise and incredible organizational skills.
However, Carolyn has decided to step down as Cancord coordinator this year. We want to express sincere appreciation for all her assistance, and hope that she will come out to take part as a volunteer at some work bees (where and when she can!!) in order to dig, plant, water, weed and harvest alongside the many friends and companions she has made in HVG!

URGENT NEED! So…the position of site coordinator at Cancord is now vacant. One possible idea is to have two folks working together to share the management of this large site. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Bill at or at 289-237-7714.


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