Growing Food

The food program organizes several community garden spaces on Galiano Island each year. In 2011, we will be involved in the following projects:

*Cable Bay Farms Growing and Gleaning Project
*Garlic-growing Cooperative
*Community School Garden
*Community Greenhouse Year-round Project and Spring Starts Project

Consult these individual headings to find out more about each Food-Growing Initiative.

If you are interested in participating in any of these projects, please contact the Food Program Coordinators, Janice and Martine, at 250-539-2175, option 2,e-mail us at or contact us <a href="/contact">through this website</a>. You can also join us on Facebook under Galiano Community Food Program.

Film Night!

Seed, the Untold Story
Thursday May 4th, 7pm
Join us for the screening of Seed: The Untold Story, followed by a discussion facilitated by the Seed Library of Galiano. Doors open at the South Hall at 6:30pm, with organic popcorn and beverages included all for $5/per person. Theater Bytes refers to this film as: "A brilliantly filmed, scripted, and directed documentary that we all should probably view. The frank testimonial approach used in this film tells a very compelling story…”


Beekeepers Course - Sunday, August 7th

Apiary Inspector David MacDonald will be coming to Galiano to share his knowledge on beekeeping, with specific focus on the varroa mite and its impact on honeybee populations. This course is for all levels of beekeepers, from novice to experienced, and will combine a morning tutorial with a field inspection at a local apiary. If you are interested, please RSVP to Colleen at Details have not been confirmed but the course will likely run from 9am until 2pm.


Greenhouse Growing Group Article

We have begun the Spring Program in the community greenhouse. We meet weekly, Tuesdays at 11 am, and Thursdays at 5 pm. We will start each session with a brief Seed Swap and then start our potting mixes. The group will still need to decide what they would like to grow for their own gardens and for the beds in the Greenhouse. Contact Barry anytime at
Everyone welcome!


Seed Library of Galiano at the Galiano Community Library

The Seed Library of Galiano is having its final lending session of the season this Saturday, April 16th from 12-2pm at the Galiano Community Library. Lifetime memberships are available to all residents of Galiano for $10. Come "check out" our seed inventory. We'll have a "check-in" party at the end of the growing season for people to "return" seeds back to the library. We welcome all levels of growers and encourage everyone to save seeds!
View the attached PDF document to see what seeds are available from the Seed Library Inventory.



Fruit Tree Pruning by Emma Luna Davis

Often in food gardening, we try to emulate nature’s cycles. But trees in the wild don’t require pruning. Why do we need to prune cultivated fruit trees? Pruning is done for lots of reasons, including:
• Safety for people and structures
• Aesthetic preference
• Removal of dead, diseased, or weak structures to increase the health of the tree
• Keeping the tree small enough that fruit is easy to access and the tree is easy to care for
• Encouraging root growth in young trees to ensure water supply


Seedy Saturday Gleaning Project Presentation Notes

In February, Program Coordinator Emma Luna Davis gave a presentation at Salt Spring Island's Seedy Saturday about the Galiano Community Food Program's Gleaning Project. Here are the notes from that presentation.

Galiano Island Community Food Program Gleaning Project
Started in 2009, with support from the YMCA and the federal government.



Chickens on the Homestead by Colleen Doty

In grade five I won a public-speaking contest but the head teacher didn’t care for the topic I chose: chickens. “They were too,” she paused, curled her lip and shuddered as if she had just found a slug in her shoe, “chickeny.” I found her response amusing, for I had assumed that everyone would be fascinated by chickens. Wouldn’t anyone, given the opportunity, become completely absorbed by their clucks and coos, sleep-time murmurs, broody shrieks, curious personalities, and the dynamics of the pecking order?


Community Garlic Co-op

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 end of Morgan Road, 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. We also explore various soil-building and composting techniques. Everyone is welcome, and no previous experience is required to join. If you're interested, come on out to a work party.



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