Toronto's South Asian Women's Centre Heads Into the Greenbelt

By: South Asian Women’s Centre (SAWC), Toronto

On September 15, members of the South Asian Women’s Centre (SAWC) travelled to Farintosh Farms in the Greenbelt, providing women with the opportunity to pick vegetables at the farm for a low cost. It was an adventurous day for SAWC’s group of newcomers. Close to forty eager participants of all ages joined us on the trip. Bizhan Roshan and Brenna Owen of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation tagged along.

Bizhan Roshan with members of the SAWC

The group departed for the farm on a yellow school bus. The ride itself was fun-filled and everyone was excited and carefree. The women sang songs, exchanged recipes and shared stories. Once the group arrived at Farintosh Farms, we were ready to pick vegetables for our favourite home cooked meals. The group picked large amounts of sweet yellow corn, large purple eggplants, fresh basil, chilies, red peppers, and more.

Lunch was one big picnic; everyone sat on the grass, spread their mats, shared food and enjoyed each other’s company. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon. The farm was very colourful with green, red and yellow fresh vegetables growing and on display. The women really had a good time and learned something new about the Greenbelt.

The group enjoyed the activity, with many women saying it brought them back home to where local, healthy eating was an everyday custom. Others said that they developed a better understanding of the environmental impact and benefits of gardening. Overall the group agreed that Mother Nature and its preservation is an important part of the world in which we live. 

Thank you to The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation for providing SAWC with the opportunity to take our strong women to Farintosh Farms, a wonderful and new learning experience for all those who attended.

Into the Greenbelt is a project of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, in partnership with RBC, The Stop Community Food Centre, and regional Conservation Authorities to bring new Canadians into Ontario’s Greenbelt for fun, educational day trips.

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