The Nourish Celebration!!!

Its finally here!

YWCA Peterborough, Victoria and Haliburton presents

at the newly renovated
Market Hall of Performing Arts (140 Charlotte Street)
Wednesday April 13th, 2011

starting at 6:00 pm, and ending at 9:00 pm

Come out for an evening of local food, music, theater and documentary film! Dinner provided by Food Not Bombs and Come Cook with Us. Enjoy a community meal to the sounds of Newmarket based traditional folk musician Roseanne Speckert, and Toronto based folk/indie artist Abigail Lapell. Local legend Gillian Turnham presents her all new theatrical performance exploring the themes of frontier, seeds, development and fertile spaces. The evening will conclude with a presentation of the much anticipated Nourish Peterborough, a documentary film that follows ten unique community groups from Peterborough who are advocating for food security and sovereignty. These are programs that have a substantial influence on many people’s lives, though many of them go overlooked and/or underfunded. Nourish Peterborough provides a platform for these organizations, giving members, participants, volunteers and staff, a louder voice in our community.

this is a FREE non-profit event, donations accepted

Funding for this event has been generously provided by the YWCA of Peterborough, Victoria and Haliburton; the Market Hall Innovation Fund; the Centre for Gender and Social Justice. Thank you!



Sunday March 13th 1-4pm

St. James United Church


On Sunday March 13th, Peterborough’s 7th Annual Seed Exchange, Seedy Sunday will be at St. James United Church between 1pm and 4pm. The event is FREE and welcome to everybody.

Seedy Sunday is a great place to come out and get the knowledge, tools and resources you need to get growing this season. There will be vendors selling a huge variety of locally grown heirloom seeds, rootstocks and other gardening goodies. Local gardening and community groups will be available to let you know what they do, and to offer resources, advice and information.  It is the perfect place to get inspired for spring! There will be skills-based gardening workshops and a seed exchange area where participants can trade seeds or purchase some for a donation.

For more information, see or contact

Nourish: The Film – Update

Hey Everyone!

Sorry it’s been so long since a post. I have been hard at work editing the final film for the Nourish project. I want to thank everyone who contributed to this process – especially the interviewees! So many people had so many important things to say, its really hard to edit the material down!

I should be done the bulk of the work by mid-February, and then will start to plan for the screening. Feel free to suggest any speakers or performers for opening night. I will post details as they come. The screening will probably take place anywhere between end of Feb – May, depending.

Thanks, talk to you all soon


Summer pictures from Garden 579

ATTN: As of November 11, 2010 GARDEN 579 IS CLOSED

In April 2008, members of local grassroots Food Justice movement – Food Not Bombs – asked the landowner of 579 George if they could clean up the piece of land that had lied in disuse for over a decade – and turn it into a garden.  The idea was to create a space where people could work collaboratively to grow food to cycle back into free community meals and where, as well, people could gather for potlucks, art days, workshops, discussions, Freeskools, community celebrations, knowledge shares and skill shares.

Summer pictures from Pingo Pongo


New Year’s Day dinner – STONE SCHOOL

Out of the Cold at the Stone School, will be serving (courtesy of Unitarian Fellowship) a full dinner on New Year’s Day.  Regular hours: 2:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

FWD: Support Our Space – SOS Marathon

Dear Friends of Our Space:

As you are aware, Our Space is an advocate for poverty and the issues  that surround it.  We are deeply concerned about people who are out in the cold.  In support of those who are living on the streets, Janet McCue and Ken Whatman are taking on the challenge of raising funds while walking a day in their shoes.

SOS marathon is to Support Our Space while we Stay On the Streets.  In the spirit of Chirstmas, we have chosen December 25th as a reminder that there was no room at the Inn.  Janet and Ken will attempt to walk the streets from 9pm at night to 9 am in hopes of community financial support per hour.  The money raised will start our capital campaign to purchase a permanent location for Our Space.

We want to challenge everyone to get involved by becoming aware of the issues within Peterborough and make a difference by supporting this effort.

Pledges can be made at Our Space at 574 George St. N. any day between 9am and 3pm and she be given to Janet or Ken.  Phone 775-0367 for more information.

Thank you for your support in advance.

Ken Whatman
Executive Director
Our Space Community Centre