Food Program

Growing Citrus & Subtropicals

Saturday, January 21 1:00-3:00 at the South Hall. Please RSVP to register. $15-$25 sliding scale.

Did you know that you can grow citrus on Galiano, without a greenhouse or any special equipment? Our increasingly mild winters mean that the list of Mediterranean plants that can survive our winters is growing.

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Ninth Annual Solstice Potluck

by Alison Colwell

In the middle of winter, when the nights are long, and the days are grey and short, we hold a special celebration on Galiano. This year will be the ninth annual Solstice Potluck. It’s a time to celebrate community and the warmth of togetherness on the darkest night of the year, keeping in mind that at this point darkness gives way and changes back towards the light.

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SLOG Report by Colleen Doty

How did your garden grow this year? Maybe it’s still growing. Or, maybe life got in the way of those good intentions in the spring, the promising dance of dried seeds in the paper packet that got forgotten in the cupboard, and things never really germinated the way you’d hoped. With the dark damp days upon us it’s the time of year we tend to burrow down and take stock of where we’re at: what worked, what didn’t, and what might we do differently next time.

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Garlic co-op

Do you like garlic? The Garlic Co-op is a group of garlic enthusiasts who collectively grow a few varieties of organic premium garlic, with scapes, in a large, shared, sunny plot at the south end of the island. Together we learn about this easy-to-grow, hardy crop, share the load of bed-preparation, seeding, weeding, mulching and harvesting, and enjoy some delicious garlic. Everyone is welcome, and no previous experience is required to join. Now that it's fall we're getting ready to plant our bulbs at our brand-new site! If you're interested in checking it out, contact Emma for details.

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Seed Library of Galiano - Seed Check-in Sessions at the Library

Friday, Nov. 4th, Saturday, Nov. 12th, Thursday, Nov. 17th, and Friday Nov. 25th. All days are 1-3pm. We are open for seed drop-offs for SLOG members and others who have grown edible, medicinal or native seed on Galiano. Thanks to the GCA we will also have some native seed available for loan. Any questions? Please contact Colleen.

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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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★ Stock Up! Market ★

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4th annual on Sat Oct 15, 10:00am-1:00pm at the South Hall
Shop for winter storage crops directly from LOCAL farmers IN BULK to fill your pantry for the winter. Load up on local root veggies, greens, cabbage, squash, apples, tomatoes, peppers, meats, fish, preserves and pickles. Last market of the season! Volunteers needed to help with set up and clean up.

CABLE BAY FARM, Retreat Cove
Galiano organically grown produce: Green‎ and Red Peppers; bunches of Hakurei White Salad Turnips, Merlin & Cylindra Beets and Beet Greens

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Gleaning Report by Emma Luna Davis

Another fruitful season of the Gleaning Project is drawing to a close. Every year I’m amazed at the generosity of this island, and the incredible bounty that we share. I feel so lucky to have this job since picking fruit outside with friends and neighbours is one of my all-time favourite activities. There really is nothing more beautiful than the sunlight coming through the leaves of an apple tree, and there is a special kind of zen to picking ripe fruit. And always the promise that the next one will be the biggest or the most perfect or the sweetest.

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