Organic Agriculture and Cooperatives in Cuba

November 20-29, 2016

DIG is partnering collaboratively with the Center for Global Justice to experience Cuban culture and the vibrancy of its people in this 10 day trip hosted by Havana’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Center. Sponsored by the Center for Global Justice and Via Organica along with Organic Consumers Association.

For more information visit:

"Our Special Spaces"


Youth Council member Esperanza Salas is coordinating a native species planting to create a pollinator habitat. The event will take place Saturday June 4th from 10-12pm. It will be held at 150 Victoria St E, Whitby, ON L1N 9L8 behind St. John's community garden.

Background:  Ontario Nature’s Youth Council is currently planning the sixth annual Our Special Spaces event. The event started in 2011 based on the Youth Council’s desire to engage communities across the province in a one-of-a-kind concurrent conservation volunteering event. Several dozen very successful ‘Our Special Spaces’ events have been held by Youth Council members in partnership with local naturalist groups since 2011. These events on average have had 250 volunteers each year.

Theme: “Our Special Spaces” – The Youth Council aims to work alongside a local naturalist club or environmental group to identify a ‘special space’ in the community in need of some kind of restoration or conservation activity. For 2016 we would like to focus on creating pollinator habitats through native wildflower and shrub plantings in communities across Ontario.


Sarah Hedges, Conservation and Education Coordinator for Ontario Nature, has more information and can be reached at or (416) 444-8419 X 241.

Experience The Harvest

Come "Experience the Harvest" at the Whitby Ajax Garden Project on Saturday October 3rd from 10am - 4pm. Activities include a Fall Floral Design Demo, Nordic Pole Walking Demo, Herbal Wreath Demo, a Marketplace and so much more. Bring your family and join us for an afternoon of fun at the Whitby Ajax Garden Project. Free Admission!

ExperienceTheHarvestPoster2015 (00000003)-page-001
ExperienceTheHarvestPoster2015 (00000003)-page-001

5th Annual Community Harvest Dinner

2015 Harvest Dinner Evite-page-001
2015 Harvest Dinner Evite-page-001

The Foundation for Building Sustainable Communities (FBSC) is hosting its 5th Annual Harvest Dinner. This community driven, grass roots movement is inviting residents to join us in tasting the harvests of food gardens throughout the Region. FBSC has partnered with the Royal Canadian Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary.  This partnership was created to host the Victory Gardens Harvest Dinner in support of local food and a stronger community. As a tradition, the event uses as much food as possible grown at the Victory Garden. This year, we are recognizing the hard work of, and honouring community gardens across Durham Region. The proceeds will be donated to DIG in our goal of growing food and community through supporting urban agriculture in Durham..

A discount rate of $20 before September 16th is a available for DIG members. For Non DIG members tickets will be $25.

We are asking DIG Supporters to do the following:

  • Make a vegetable donation – squash, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, greens, onions etc (drop at Oshawa Legion at 471 Simcoe St. S. by Wed. Sept. 21; contact DIG with questions)
  • Agree to a video interview highlighting their garden and contribution
  • Host a display table at the event
  • Purchase 4 to 10 tickets (60 have been reserved for DIG members)

Tickets are available at the Legion, FBSC and online at the following link:

Let's come together to celebrate community and food! Mary Drummond, President, DIG Board

Two Gardens are Celebrating their 5th Anniversary!

Congratulations to the St. Andrews and Mary St. Community Garden's. Both gardens are celebrating their 5th anniversary this year. Let's celebrate their accomplishments by telling them how great  the gardens have become!

St Andrews receiving their 5th anniversary award from Mayor Parish
St Andrews receiving their 5th anniversary award from Mayor Parish
Having fun at the Mary Street Potluck
Having fun at the Mary Street Potluck

Spring Plant Sale

Spring has Sprung. Come join us on Saturday May 30th at the South Oshawa Community Centre, 1455 Cedar Street South from 9am-3pm. There will be bargains galore! Featured items include perennials, annuals, garden art, herbs, dahlias, clematis & much more!