Community-Building Events

One of the main goals of the Food program is to build community through food.
Following is a list of the events hosted by the Food program that would fit under this heading:
Nettle Fest – 2008 March 2008
Nettle Fest – 2009 April, 2008
Cooking on a Budget May, 2008
May Day May, 2008
Seniors’ Gathering September, 2008
Christmas Dinner, 2008 December 25th, 2008
Brunch with a Purpose June, 2009
Community Harvest Pot Luck October, 2009
Community Christmas Dinner 2009 December 2009
Consultation Tea – Introduction of the Food Program to the community as a whole March, 2008
Community Survey on Food Program April, 2008
Community Survey on Food Purchasing and Food Production March, 2009
Community Assessment for Meals on Wheels project December 2009
Community Assessment of the Food program February 2010
Inter-island conference on Agriculture, Community and the Environment March 2010
Fermentation workshop, April 2010
Cheesemaking workshop, April 2010
Wheatgrass workshop, April 2010
Beginners' herbal workshop, May 2010
ONGOING COMMUNITY KITCHENS
Community Garlic crop, 2010
Potato-growing Co-op summer 2010
Pilot Project Moveable Feasts (Galiano's Meals on Wheels Project, Spring 2010)
Launching of Galiano Cooks (FP Cookbook), May 2010
Elders' luncheons, May-June 2010
Building Community greenhouse June 2010
Ongoing activities at the School garden 2009-2010
Ongoing teachings at the Galiano School, school years 2008, 2009 & 2010
Cooperation with Galiano Saturday Market summer 2010
Lions' Fiesta booth, August 2010
Participation in Galiano Garden Club Harvest Show August 2010
Apple workshop August 2010

coming up...
Water Day September 2010
Participation in Community-wide picnic, September 2010
Food Film Festival Winter 2010

10th Annual Nettlefest Community Potluck Celebration

Come together to celebrate the return of Spring as we gather as a community for the 10th annual Nettlefest Potluck. (Yes - we've been celebrating Nettles for ten years!!!!) It’s all about gathering with friends and neighbours, sharing some wonderful food, and enjoying the entertainment of some amazingly-talented locals. Join us, and bring something to share with others.

(Kitchen volunteers needed. Join us to make the Nettle Soup and Nettle Bread for the evening potluck.)

5:30pm, Sunday April 2nd, South Galiano Community Hall

Galiano Gastronomic Book Club

Want to read and discuss writing on food, agriculture, sustainability, politics? Share insights, critique, explore, and discover? Read the book and join the discussion! See weekly Food Program newsletters for titles and meeting times.

See “Galiano Gastronomic Book Club” on Facebook for more info or contact Lauren Magner.

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Community Games Night - Oct 19, 6-8pm

Come join us at the South Hall for a raucous evening of games with your friends and neighbours!

Bring your favourite board game to share with others. (No e-games please.) There will be Scrabble, Apples to Apples, Cards, Catan, Chess, Game of Life, Othello, Trivia, Crib and more…

This month's theme game: Mancala! Mancala is a very old count-and-capture board game that demands lots of strategy.

We will have snacks and a simple supper. Tonight we have Chili con carne with cheesy cornbread, Black Bean Chilli, lots of pizza, green salad with Breakfast cookies for desert. Everyone is welcome!

The price is right!
Sliding scale $5-$10. Volunteers needed.

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Seed Saving Session - Saturday, November 12th, 11am

Please join us at the Community Greenhouse at the school garden for a hands-on session, led by Galiano Conservancy Food Forester Cedana Bourne and the Food Program's Barry New, to prepare some of our seed harvest. We will get together for threshing, winnowing and learning to process some difficult-to-save seeds. Please bring your gatherings and some containers for the seeds. Paper bags and envelopes are best. All are welcome, even if you didn't grow any seeds this year: just bring your questions and curiosity. Free for SLOG, GCA, or Greenhouse Community Members. By donation otherwise.

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Zucchini Races at the 7th Annual Community Picnic

“No zucchini, no matter how outrageous, will be refused!” say the judges!
Two categories: kids and adults.
Each category is divided into two vehicle types: Integral (i.e. the vehicle would collapse if the zucchini was removed) and modified.
There is also an award for the most creative vehicle design.
Vehicles can be no more than 13” wide, and to win a prize, all the power must be supplied by the incline ramp.

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Garden Competitions at the Community Picnic

Do your veggies, flowers, fruit have what it takes to be chosen "best" on Galiano?
Come find out in the annual gardening contests.

1. Best basket of fruit
2. Best basket of vegetables
3. Biggest Pumpkin
4. Tallest Sunflower
5. Best bunch of flowers (wild or grown)

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Zucchini Races at the 7th Annual Community Picnic

“No zucchini, no matter how outrageous, will be refused!” say the judges!

Two categories: kids and adults.
Each category is divided into two vehicle types: Integral (i.e. the vehicle would collapse if the zucchini was removed) and modified.
There is also an award for the most creative vehicle design.
Vehicles can be no more than 13” wide, and to win a prize, all the power must be supplied by the incline ramp.

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Community Games Night by Alison Colwell

Community Games Night turns the South Hall into a giant family living room. Tables are set up with Scrabble and Battleship, Risk and Connect 4. There are decks of cards, and a Twister mat on the floor for the younger kids. It began as a way for the Food Program to hold an evening kitchen to stock the freezer with meals for seniors, but has since grown (as do so many of our food program ideas) into a much-loved monthly event.

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