Food Program

Supper's Ready - Soup for Seniors Test Kitchen - March 26th at noon

Come join Alison for a quiet afternoon cooking a few new dishes to see if they are suitable for the seniors frozen meals.
RSVP if you want to come.

Supper’s Ready has been funded by the federal government, through New Horizons for Seniors.


Nutrient Analysis of Nettles – Colleen Doty, School Food Program Coordinator

I knew nettles were good for us, but really, how good? To find out, I was inspired to get a lab sample of one of Galiano’s most prominent forageable foods. I then compared the analysis against the nutrient values of kale, broccoli, lettuce, spinach and 2% milk (you’ll see why) and the results blew me away. The data on the foods below came from the USDA Nutrient Database and the Canadian Nutrient File.
Most surprising to me was that nettles have the highest calcium content of all these foods.

Food Calcium Value per 100g
Nettles, Blanched 481mg
Kale, Raw 150mg


The Chemistry of Bigleaf Maples By Colleen Doty, School Food Program Coordinator

December was ushered in with the Great Bigleaf Rake-Up at the school garden. With maple leaves buried under a dusting of crunchy snow, blue sky above, Galiano School kids gathered around two large maple trees on the school property to learn about densely rich maple leaves and the value they bring to other plants when composted. The kids were divided into four teams: Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, and Nitrogen, and each team learned some interesting facts about these four elements that figure prominently in maple leaves.


Saving Seed with Dan Jason - Sat April 25th 12:30-3:30pm

How can I make my food supply more local? Why can’t I find seeds for those varieties my grandmother grew in her garden? How do I save seeds from plants that cross-pollinate? What do we need to do to start a seed bank on Galiano?
Join Dan Jason of Salt Spring Seeds and learn how to take part in the age-old practice of seed-saving, and answer these questions and more. Understand the importance of heritage seeds in the modern food system and enjoy a hands-on demonstration of harvesting seeds in preparation for this season, including harvesting, cleaning, storing and labelling.


Galiano Island’s Best Nettle Dish Competition - April 12th

Galiano Island’s Best Nettle Dish: April 12th at the 8th Annual Nettlefest
Who will be crowned “Queen or King of Nettles” this year?
Join the “prickly” competition. Bring your favourite nettle dish.
No restrictions on type. A panel of judges will choose their favourite.
Judging begins at 5:30 pm – get your dish in before then.


Nettlefest Community Potluck Celebration 5:30pm - Sunday April 12

Come together to celebrate the return of Spring as we gather as a community for the 8th annual Nettlefest Potluck. 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 in the afternoon to make the Nettle Soup and Nettle Bread for the evening potluck.)


Soup & Bread – A Lunch for Everyone - June 15th and 29th 12:30pm till 1:30pm

Soup is sometimes more than soup. It's sustenance, comfort, a lifesaver, and a social glue. The community-building-fundraising movement of the same name in Chicago inspires our “Soup & Bread” lunch at the South Hall. Lunch will be open to everyone from 12:30pm till 1:30pm.
This event is a fundraiser for the Food Program’s Soup for Seniors Project
There is a suggested donation of $5-$10


Soup For Seniors Kitchen – June 15th and 29th at 10am

Cooking for the days lunch starts at 10am. Help to prepare the soup for lunch and meals for the seniors is always appreciated. We always need new volunteers and there are all kinds of jobs that need doing.
RSVP's help me figure out how many people will be in the kitchen.


Wild Kitchen—Nettle Cooking Workshop with Alison Colwell - 5:30pm, Friday, April 10

“If I told you that there was a fantastically tasty, nutritious and absolutely free foodstuff growing probably meters, and certainly no more than five minutes' walk, from where you now sit, would I pique your interest? If I said it was easy to cook and very versatile, might I be whetting your appetite? And if I mentioned that it beats both spinach and broccoli for vitamins, minerals and protein, would that seal the deal? I am talking about nettles, nature's well-armoured and plentiful offering at this otherwise rather sparse time of year.



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