Tucker House Renewal Centre was busy on Mother’s Day as the historic retreat hosted a public open house, which was also used to to receive community feedback for its collective kitchen concept, which continues to be develop thanks to a $30,000 grant from 2017 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
The collective kitchen is where the residents cook and share meals together, fitting as Tucker House has organic gardens. The feedback and input from the community is based on what kind of collective kitchen will work best for Clarence-Rockland, and Prescott-Russell. Along with seeking input during the open house, over the last nine month staff been reaching out for ideas from community groups, surveys, focus groups, and public information sessions. Some of the ideas shared include parents cooking together, seniors preparing meals and socializing together, along with the community seeking out new recipes to save money.
“Food has always been a focus of Tucker House educational programs, from our first volunteer organic gardens to our heirloom seed-saving demonstrations. We thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for giving us the opportunity to develop a new model for our community members where we can share learning through food education programs. A collective kitchen means saving money, learning new skills, saving time on food preparation, trying new tastes and cooking techniques, and building community through socializing. It is also a perfect way to learn to use local, organic produce for healthy meals and reduce our impact on the environment. Cooking is the easiest way to help yourself and the planet”, said Nathalie Mathieu, Community Coordinator and Collective Kitchen Project Coordinator.
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