Report from the Social Events Committee: Slow cooker

As Newfoundland was digging out from Snowmageddon on January 18, Toronto caught the tail end of that storm and ended up with a record snowfall for that date (up to 20 cm).
What better day to have a SEC (Social Events Committee) slow cooker hot soup event at Karma?
As members came in through the door, having stamped their feet to dump off excess snow from their boots, they were greeted with the offer of a hot cup of Stefani’s extravagantly delicious squash bean soup.
And if that wasn’t enough to get some members grinning widely from ear to ear, there was also Stefani’s fresh baked cornbread on a plate to go with the soup.
What a way to literally “break the ice”?
Conversation flowed as easily as the soup poured out of the ladle.
Stefani commented that she had intentionally prepared the 3 Sisters: corn, beans, and squash together.
Some people asked why they were called the 3 Sisters.
Corn, beans, and squash are native to the “New World” and have been grown together by First Nations peoples for 3,500 years.
The beans climb up the corn stalks while fixing nitrogen into the soil.
The squash acts like a mulch to keep the earth moist, and its prickly leaves discourage pests.
One big happy family.
For a frame of reference, Stonehenge was being built at about the same time on the other side of the pond.
The 3 Sisters together contain the amino acids needed to create a balanced protein.
Squash seeds provide oil.
So not only are corn, beans, and squash in a healthy cooperative relationship with each other, they are also in relationship with the Earth as they grow,
And then eaten together they are not only verrrry tasty, but nutritious as well!
The soil is a living, breathing community.
How the 3 Sisters could have gotten along so well for at least 3,500 years before the introduction of petro-chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides, is beyond me.
But, then again, that’s the beauty and the mystery of Creation.
Together we are nurtured and kept healthy.

Submitted by Tom Smarda

Tom Smarda, Arel Agnew, Kristy van Beek, John Swaigen
Stefani Brown & Tom Smarda

Karma’s Slow Cooker Soup Tasting, January 18, 11 am – 3 pm


Saturday, January 18, 2020, 11 am to 3 pm


Warm up by sampling Stefani’s easy slow cooker soup recipe. Taste and try it out at home

Hosted by the Social Events Committee

Please Contact:

Karma’s Annual General Meeting

When: Monday, October 28 6:30pm – 9:30pm (doors and registration at 6:00pm)

Where: Friends House, 60 Lowther Ave

What else?: To volunteer to set up or take down for member hours, please contact Reece at Light snacks and refreshments will be served. AGM packages will be available online and in store by October 15.

A friendly reminder that events are open to all (Karma members, Guest Shoppers, members of the community, family, and friends).

You can find all of the information here.

Yours co-operatively,

Talia McGuire
General Manager
Karma Co-op



Karma’s One Of A Kind Market

Saturday, November 9 and Saturday, December 7, 11 am to 3 pm.

Shop for member made gifts.

Would you like to sell your handmade one of a kinds and eco-wares?

If interested, please contact:

Hosted by the Social Events Committee.




Fall Plant and Seed Exchange with Old-fashioned Cider

Saturday, October 5, 11 am to 3 pm. FREE!

Join in the exchange of all kinds of perennials, seeds, bulbs, indoor plants and gardening tips. You are not required to bring to take.

Enjoy making and tasting old fashioned cider! Bring your windfall apples.

Hosted by the Social Events Committee. For Info Contact:




DIY Halloween Makeup ! Friday October 4, 7-830pm

Commercial face paints are made almost entirely of petroleum ingredients. In this hands on workshop, we’ll make safe and sparkly face paints using mineral coloured micas and hand made zinc cream.
You’ll take home a set of Halloween face paints that you won’t be worried to use on yourself or children.
Friday, October 4 7:00-8:30 pm
Suggested Donation of $10
Please RSVP by emailing, calling 461 534 1470, or on Facebook.