Monthly Archives: November 2016

Ninth Annual Solstice Potluck

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.

For me, Solstice preparations begin when I pick up the organic turkeys from Ireland Farms in Saanichton. The day of the event, we spend the day in the kitchen making bread and soup, cranberry sauce and roast potatoes, but I’m always grateful the dinner is a potluck and everyone comes with something to share.

At Solstice we celebrate with a kids’ candlelight parade, a huge bonfire (where you can get mugs of hot soup if you want to stay outside and enjoy being awake in the night), a big potluck feast, and local musicians to entertain us afterwards. It is a community event. Everyone is welcome.

It also is a time to reflect on the past year and the ways in which Galiano celebrates community through so many food-focused gatherings and events. There are so many ways that the different generations of our community connect and share food together.

And you can help too. Volunteers are what make huge community events like this possible. We need help with cooking, hall set up, dishes, musicians, lantern making, clean up…. There are so many ways to get involved. Contact Alison to find out how you can join in the fun.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Doors open at 5:00pm

Candlelight Parade 5:30pm from GIRR

Outside Soup and Bonfire 5:30pm

Potluck 6:00pm

(Please bring appetizers and main dishes)

Entertainment 7:30pm

2018-06-20T16:52:57-07:00November 20th, 2016|Categories: Food Program, Winter Solstice Potluck|0 Comments

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.

The Seed Library of Galiano (SLOG) would like to know how your edible garden grew and what seeds did well this year. One of SLOG’s goals is to increase island food security by collecting viable seed that flourishes in Galiano’s climate. That’s why SLOG only takes seed grown on Galiano, and why, we ask our donors to fill out some paperwork (we can help with that piece). SLOG is very interested in details like germination rates and growing conditions.

To help demystify the process of saving seeds SLOG and the Food Program are offering a free Seed Saving Workshop by Barry New. It will be held November 12th, from 11-1pm at the Community Greenhouse at the school garden. Barry will be sharing techniques and providing demonstrations on saving seeds for edibles such as tomatoes, peppers, grains, and other more difficult seeds. Please bring your questions, any seeds that need processing, and storage containers for your saved seeds. Paper bags and envelopes are best.

Whether you are a borrower of library seed, an avid gardener who has saved favourite Galiano-grown seed varieties, or a curious community member, we invite you to drop in to one of our four upcoming “check-in sessions” scheduled through November: November 4th, 12th, 17th, and 25th. All sessions are from 1-3pm at the Galiano Community Library in the Holahan Room. We’re hoping that residents who grew seed this year and are able to donate some to SLOG’s inventory will visit us and “check-in” their seed during these intake sessions. For the month of November SLOG will have a drop-off box in the lobby of the Community Library, where, during library hours, you may drop off saved seed along with descriptive information.

In closing, the SLOG Steering Committee is welcoming new members. As this is SLOG’s first autumn seed harvest we are turning our minds to receiving seeds from the community, integrating these new seeds into our existing inventory, and duplicating our seed collection for safe storage, creating a “back-up” collection. If this might be of interest to you, please consider joining our fun-loving group. All levels of knowledge are welcome. Any questions? Please contact Colleen at

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.

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.

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. Any questions? Please contact Barry at or Cedana at

2018-06-20T16:47:19-07:00November 20th, 2016|Categories: Food Program, Workshops|0 Comments