More than 100 people braved blustery winds on Wednesday night to attend The Stop Community Food Centre’s 2011 Annual General Meeting. Held at our 1884 Davenport Rd. location, the evening featured hearty plates of brisket, creamed kale and roasted Brussels sprouts, Stop slideshows, folk tales by storyteller-in-residence Dan Yashinsky and farmer Margaret Zondo, and a year-in-review round-up by Executive Director Nick Saul. There were also awards—our favourite part. We were delighted to present one of those prizes, our Corporate Citizen of the Year Award, to the wonderful folks at Fiesta Farms.
Fiesta Farms has been a committed supporter of The Stop for many years. Owner Joe Virgona makes space on his shelves for The Stop’s coffee and Grow for the Stop veggies, two of the ways we fundraise for our programs while supporting sustainable growing and selling in the city. The store has sold hundreds of our Good Food for All cookbooks, helping to spread the word about The Stop – as well as our recipes – to food lovers across Toronto.
Fiesta Gardens’ support of our gardening workshops has allowed us to nurture green thumbs by providing sessions on composting, coldframing, tincture making and seed saving.
We can’t say enough about Joe and Judy and their team. They’ve set the highest standard of community involvement through their tireless commitment to creating a strong, healthy and fair city and a better food system. We’re privileged to work with them, and look forward to many, many, many more years of collaboration.