Monthly Archives: May 2014

2015 Garlic Co-op Kickoff Lunch Potluck

Want to learn to grow garlic? The Garlic Co-op is a great way to get started. We’re a friendly group who grow organic hard neck, with scapes, at a sunny southend site. Monthly work parties are approximately 1.5 hours. Membership is $30, to cover seed and amendment costs.

Join us on Sunday, June 8th, at 11:30am at the end of Morgan Road, as we get started on our upcoming season. We’ll break bread and then break ground on our new bed!

Getting Ready for Winter by Emma Luna Davis

No doubt about it, this past winter was a tough one for many Canadians. And even our mild west coast climate had a few surprises for us. This wet spring has seemed later than usual to arrive, so it may be hard to believe it’s time to start thinking about preparing for next winter. But when it comes to food security, living on an island makes us even more vulnerable than most North Americans. Not only does most of our food come from our centralized food production system, we’re dependent on the ferry service to access it.

Filling your pantry, especially for the winter with its unpredictable weather, is a way to make sure you will have enough nutritious food if the power goes out and ferry service is down. It can be very reassuring to know that you have enough on hand to feed your family for a few days, or longer, if need be.

Here are some tips to help you make sure you’re in good shape by the time the cold weather returns:

  • Stock up on extra fresh local produce all summer long. Fresh ripe local food is at its peak nutrition, and buying it in season and preserving it yourself is more affordable than buying canned or frozen mid-winter. Many producers have ways you can buy direct from the grower or fisher, including farm gate sales and farmers’ markets. Galiano’s Saturday market is a great source, as are other local farmers’ markets and grocery stores. The Food Program’s Gleaning Program is a also fantastic way to access local excess produce—contact Emma for more info. And don’t forget all the bounty that Galiano has to offer industrious foragers—nettles, berries and seafood.
  • Attend one of the Food Program’s Community Kitchens to learn more about pickling, preserving and cooking local ingredients. The Food Program has a dehydrator and vacuum sealer available to borrow—contact Alison.
  • Start your winter garden now. Linda Gilkeson says that in our mild climate, most vegetables store better in the garden than in a root cellar. Linda Gilkeson’s Year-Round Harvest, Winter Gardening on the Coast is one of our favourite resources, and it and others are available from the Food Program’s lending library.
  • Now is the time to think about where in your house you can squirrel away potatoes, garlic, grains, storage apples etc. in cool, pest- free storage.
  • A great tip from Root Cellaring, Natural Cold Storage of Fruits & Vegetables, by Mike and Nancy Bubel: While you’re starting seedlings for this year’s garden, stash away a bucket or two of garden soil and compost so that early next spring, you have some available that isn’t soaked with rain.
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Two Islands United – Community Celebration

On Sunday, May 25th from 3pm till 5pm, Come join us for a celebration of the Two Islands United project.

This project has been a joint effort between the Galiano Community Food Program, and AMES (Access to Media Education)

Over the past two years we’ve been organizing gatherings between the elders of Galiano and Penelakut to discuss Wild Food Foraging and food sustainability on both our islands.

The AMES production team, led by Richard Wilson, Deblekha Guin and a number of local youth (Arthur Georgeson, Tina Basarab, Rowan Oakley and Sophia Kontu) have been recording the wisdom of the elders and creating a series of short films for “SalishHarvest.com”, an interactive website that will be ‘going public’ on the 25th.

We are holding a community gathering to screen some of these shorts and to launch this site.

Please join us.

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