Blooms and Berries

Blooms and Berries

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that the land on which we work and create is the treaty land and traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, and the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat, Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee First Nations. We acknowledge the many First Nations, Inuit, Metis and global Indigenous peoples who call this region home today. We acknowledge that these words only hold meaning if they are followed by meaningful action and a commitment to listening and learning.

Blooms and Berries

The land on which Mississauga is situated has a rich and vibrant history of providing for those living here, originating with First Nations communities, through settlement and immigration and continuing to the present day. Learn more about the past, present and future of agriculture in Mississauga at Blooms and Berries from July 5th to 31st Chi miigwetch (big thank you) to Kim Wheatley for sharing her knowledge and providing guidance for this event.


Events

Register for the The Wholesome Conscious | Mskomini Giizis (Raspberry Moon) workshop
The Wholesome Conscious | Mskomini Giizis (Raspberry Moon)

Monday, July 5, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

With respect to our communities and their nourishment, we will be utilizing local Indigenous ingredients that follow the Anishinabek lunar calendar to prepare a wholesome salad recipe with a raspberry vinaigrette. Hosted by Alexandria Bipatnath, Holistic Nutritionist and founder of The Wholesome Conscious + Catering brings the focus to First Nation Fusion Foods.
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Register for Virtual Sketch Night
Virtual Sketch Night

Thursday, July 8, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Local artist Hilda Namini will lead participants in drawing a floral picture while we share some facts about drawing and flower growing as a historic pastime.
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Register for the Urban Hens workshop
Urban Hens

Monday, July 12, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:15pm
Curious about chickens in urban environments? Join us and Sandra Grilo, founder of Chickens In The Six, as she shares her experience of urban farming and backyard chickens.
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Register for the Teacup Fairy Garden
Teacup Fairy Garden

Saturday, July 17, 2021 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Upcycle an old teacup into a magical fairy garden! This activity is self-led, held outdoors, limited to groups of up to 5 people and must be registered for in advance. Walk-ups cannot be accommodated.
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Register for the Urban Agriculture panel
Urban Agriculture Panel

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Join us for a moderated panel session and meet some of the people involved in innovative urban agriculture practices! Our panelists will share what they do now and discuss what the future of urban agriculture in Mississauga could look like.
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Register for the DIY Flower Press
DIY Flower Press

Saturday, July 24, 2021 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Make and decorate your own flower press and learn how you can press flowers to use for crafting and more. This activity is self-led, held outdoors, limited to groups of up to 5 people and must be registered for in advance. Walk-ups cannot be accommodated.
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Register for the Joseph Pitawanakwat in conversation with Kim Wheatley
Joseph Pitawanakwat in conversation with Kim Wheatley

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
We live in a time when we urgently need to learn how to take better care of the earth and each other, and ancestral Indigenous knowledge is just as relevant to the present moment as ever. The knowledge passed down from the original caretakers of this land is essential to all of creation's well being. In this talk, Joseph Pitawanakwat will introduce some of the Anishinaabe teachings about native plant species and medicines of southern Ontario. He will explain our different connections to plants, and talk about the gifts plants give to us, and how we can give back to the plant world. Kim Wheatley will join Joseph in conversation about the importance of Indigenous knowledge and inspire viewers to be good caretakers.
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Small Space Gardening Workshop
Small Space Gardening Workshop

Thursday, July 29, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Are you a gardener or aspiring-gardener living in the city with limited space but big dreams? In this workshop, learn how to grow big on a smaller scale. With tips such as space-saving solutions and growing best practices, you'll come out of this workshop well equipped to prepare, plant, and maintain your very own urban garden.
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Videos

 The Strawberry Capital of Ontario
Clarkson Village: The Strawberry Capital of Ontario

Discover the history of Clarkson Village, the Strawberry Capital of Ontario. We trace the story back to 1805, when treaties were signed between the Mississauga people and the British Crown, and explore how the arrival of settlers and their agricultural practices changed this area into the centre of commercial strawberry production.
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Making Strawberry Shortcake of Benares Historic House
Making Strawberry Shortcake of Benares Historic House

Strawberries have a long history of being enjoyed in the summer. They are important in Indigenous communities, especially for women, and were a summertime staple for settlers. Watch as we make some delicious strawberry shortcakes in our Edwardian kitchen at Benares.
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Grow Your Own Tea Garden
Grow Your Own Tea Garden

DYK that you can use fresh grown herbs to make your own tea blends? Join us for a 5-minute tour of our herb garden and learn what herbs can be used fresh and dried to make your own herbal tea blends.
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Strawberry Refreshment Sip-Along
Strawberry Refreshment Sip-Along

Start you lunch off right and join us as we demonstrate how to make two quick and easy refreshing drinks. You'll need strawberries, water, maple syrup, lemon juice and sugar. First, we'll make strawberry drink following an Indigenous recipe, and then strawberry lemonade, a Victorian-era classic.
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Tour of the Bradley House Pollinator Waystation
Tour of the Bradley House Pollinator Waystation

Take a five-minute tour of the new Pollinator Waystation at the Bradley House, sponsored by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, and learn how you can make your own garden pollinator-friendly.
Watch here

Recipes

Download the strawberry shortcake recipe
Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry shortcake is a popular treat on summertime tables. It is simple to make and delicious to eat!
Download recipe (pdf)

Download Strawberry Drink recipe
Strawberry Drink

This is an Indigenous recipe shared with us by Anishinaabe Grandmother Kim Wheatley.
Download recipe (pdf)

Download Strawberry Lemonade recipe
Strawberry Lemonade

Combine two summer favourites with this recipe for strawberry lemonade!
Download recipe (pdf)


Craft Kits

Mississauga residents, get a FREE craft kit mailed to your door! Fill in the survey to get your kit.

https://bit.ly/3gRetgq

  • Paper Moccasin Craft - Learn what a moccasin is and colour, decorate and lace up your own paper moccasin.
  • Pom Pom Flower - Make a trio of pom pom flower to brighten up your day.
  • Strawberry Corner Bookmark - Make a strawberry corner bookmark to mark you spot in your latest sweet read.
  • Planter and Seed Kit - Get a fabric planter bag and veggie seeds perfect for a container garden on a balcony or in a sunny window.


Onsite Activities

Enjoy our family friendly, outdoor, self-led activities using the Goosechase app on a phone or tablet, or use the PDF available for download below. All teams that earn points will be entered into a draw for one of five prize packs.

Bradley Museum - 1620 Orr Rd

Monday, July 5 to Saturday, July 31
Game Code: PBRMDR

The Honey Heist - Someone is taking honey from the hive! Travel around the grounds of the Bradley Museum and solve the clues to figure out who is taking the honey! Along the way, learn what a pollinator is and why bees are one of the best pollinators around.
Download pdf version.

Benares Historic House - 1507 Clarkson Rd N

Monday, July 5 to Saturday, July 31
Game Code: QE8RGP

Farm to Fork - Do you know where the food you eat comes from? Wander around the grounds of the Benares Historic House to learn about how the food we eat is grown and the benefits of eating local.
Download pdf version.

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In the Community

Local Farmers Markets

Support local food growers and producers by visiting one of Mississauga's farmers markets Mississauga Farmers Markets.

Mississauga's Urban Agriculture Strategy

The Parks, Forestry and Environment Division is working towards creating an urban agriculture strategy that will help identify the City's role in supporting Corporate and community effort to increase urban-scale food production across Mississauga. Through the strategy, the City of Mississauga will work to encourage healthier lifestyles, empower the community to learn new skills about growing and harvesting produce and support local businesses with ties to urban agriculture.

Learn more about the Urban Agriculture Strategy.

We are Resilient

We are Resilient is a contest for community photographers and storytellers inspired by The City of Mississauga's Climate Change Action Plan. We Are Resilient aims to harness and share the energy, passion and creativity expressed by our community to create a more resilient future for Mississauga.
Learn more about We are Resilient

Kayanase

Kayanase is an ecological restoration and native plant and seed business, dedicated to improving the health of Mother Earth using science-based approaches and Traditional Ecological knowledge. Our Mission is to restore the health and beauty of Mother Earth, using science- based approaches and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK).
Learn more at Kayanase


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Friday, July 30, 2021 - 9:00am
Saturday, July 31, 2021 - 9:00am
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