Asian-Style Chard

From Hawthorne Valley Farm

This recipe is delicious served over rice or soba noodles, with miso, or eaten alone.


1 bunch swiss chard (cleaned)

1 T peanut oil

1 T garlic (minced)

1 T soy sauce

black pepper (freshly ground)


Cut off and discard thick stem ends of chard.

Cut out ribs

Chop ribs into 2-inch pieces, set aside ina pile

Stack the leaves in small piles, coarsely chop them.

Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high flame.

Add ribs

Toss and cook 1-2 minutes

Add leaves and garlic

Continue to cook, tossing often until chard begins to wilt, 2-3 minutes

Stir in soy sauce and hoisin sauce

Cook until chard is tender, 1-3 minutes longer

Pepper to taste.

Serve immediately.

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Medicine Wheel Garden (C6-7)

This area is inspired by traditional Indigenous Medicine Wheel gardens. The four quadrants represent the four directions and four seasons. We created this garden to provide an opportunity to learn, teach and honour traditional Indigenous practices, perspectives and being.

  • North – Kiiwedingong: This section represents the winter. The winter is the place of wisdom, The bear teaches about fasting as it hibernates and rests throughout the winter months. Sweetgrass is braided to remind us of the strength we gain when our mind, body and spirit is balanced.
  • East – Wasbingong: This section represents the springtime and new life. The eagle is the messenger between the people and the creator and teaches us we need to be thankful for creation and to live in a good way. Life is a gift. To honour that gift we have been given tobacco. Tobacco is used as a sign of thanksgiving and to remind us to be grateful and humble for all aspects of life.
  • South – Zhaawanong: This section represents the youth, summertime and nurturing. The deer teaches us the importance of generosity and sharing, The cedar is used as a cleansing medicine for the body and soul.
  • West – Epangishmok: This section represents the adult stage, autumn harvest. West is the berry stage. It is here the growth from the summer has come to ripen. The berry teaches us forgiveness and peace. It honours the cycle of death and rebirth. The buffalo teaches us to look within ourselves for guidance. Sage is used by Indigenous people to clear their minds and hearts, preparing for the rest of life’s journey.
  • The Centre: The rose in the centre tells us that life is like a rose. The thorns remind us of the up’s and down’s in the journey of life. As the flower dies each year come winter, we remember that we too are reborn after self-reflection, dedication and acceptance. The centre reminds us to find balance in our own lives and maintain our fire within. How is your fire burning?


– Etobicoke Outdoor Education Centre