Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Gleaning Project by Emma Luna Davis

At this time of year it can seem as if there is bounty everywhere you turn. Gardens are bursting with fresh vegetables, neighbours are hiding zucchini in your car, and there are ripe blackberries around every corner.

Galiano is also lucky to have some orchards, including some with heirloom varieties that are hard to find in commercial cultivation. In addition, many of our residential plots have a well- established fruit tree or two.

In this busy season, it can be challenging to eat or preserve every apple on your tree or squash in your garden. Did you know that one-third of the food produced worldwide is wasted (according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization)?

One way the Food Program works to ensure that this abundance reaches people who might benefit from it is The Gleaning Program. We organize people to gather together to pick surplus crops that are shared between the pickers, the landowners, the Food Bank and the Food Program’s kitchen events. We bring orchard ladders and picking bags and try to gather as much as possible. In 2013, we harvested apples, pears, quinces, plums, crab apples, figs, and grapes.

Solstice Potluck Celebration – Sunday Dec 21st

Be sure to save December 21st for the Annual Winter Solstice Pot Luck Dinner.

The doors will open at 5:00 with the Children’s Lantern Parade leaving GIRR at 5:30. Dinner will start at 6:00 with entertainment after.

The bonfire will be started at 5:00, and there will also be soup available outside, for those that want to enjoy the fire (and not face the crowds!)

This is a wonderful winter season event you won’t want to miss. If you would like to volunteer (there are lots of opportunities for this) contact us at

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Cheese Club – Saturday – November 22nd at 1pm

The next meeting of the Fabulous Cheese Club is 1pm -3:30pm on Saturday November 22.

We are going to try to make a Brie.

Please bring in a couple of yogurt containers (or any other genius finds) to make the molds.

And please RSVP so I know how much milk to buy.

Check out David’s instructions at:

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