Food Program

Composting Workshops

With Alysha Punnett from Victoria's Compost Education Centre.

Soil: Really Important Tiny Lives explores the importance of a thriving soil ecosystem in the context of our gardens as well as from the broader global perspective. Everything that microorganisms in the soil do for us will be revealed as well as how to steward the soil so they survive. While this workshop is primarily theory-based, it is essential knowledge for anyone who is interested in growing food, mitigating climate change and working to conserve this key resource.

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Really Important Tiny Lives

This year, the Food Program is paying a bit of extra attention to bacteria, and the important roles they play in our food systems, from the garden to the table. This month, we’re excited to be welcoming Alysha Punnett, Site Manager & Community Education Coordinator at Victoria’s Compost Education Centre. The Centre offers workshops for adults and children, and also is the site of teaching garden that is definitely worth a visit. They also sell some great composting supplies.

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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

Meals for Seniors Kitchen Sep 18 & 25, 9:30am

Cooking for the day's lunch starts at 9:30am and help is always appreciated. We always need new volunteers and there are many kinds of jobs that need doing. (But if you can't come till noon - you are still welcome - we always need help with packaging and dishes too!)
We'll be preparing the soup for lunch, soup for the kids at school, plus making frozen meals for the seniors - there's always lots to do!

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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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Soup and Bread for Everyone - Monday - Sep 18 & 25, at 12:30-1:30pm

Come join us for lunch on Monday, a couple of times a month - Everyone is welcome!!
This event is a fundraiser for the Food Program’s Soup for Seniors Project.
There is a suggested donation of $5-$10 and we will have frozen meals for sale.

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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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School Projects

The Food Program maintains the Community School Garden: Food program coordinators and community volunteers work with the school kids, teaching them about gardening, ecology and how to grow food. We also involve the kids in tastings, sometimes cooking on the picnic table what they have just picked. The Food Program also works with the school on a number of projects, such as Applefest and the Fruit tree project.

Community Kitchens

Community Kitchens meet once a month over the winter months. It’s a great way to meet new people, learn new kitchen skills, enjoy a nice dinner and get some food ready made for home. Costs are based on a sliding scale, and cover the cost of the food.

Soup for Seniors

This ongoing project works to connect seniors who appreciate an extra special meal or two in reserve, with volunteers who make the soup, and farmers with extra produce. This is essentially a service with a broad sliding scale from those who gratefully pay to those who cannot. Anyone wishing to be part of this process is encouraged to email us or call. Cooks, drivers and enthusiastic participants needed!

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