Britannia School Garden Harvest

All our hard work growing the Britannia Secondary School garden is all worth it when time comes to harvest the fruits of our labour and enjoy the best tasting salads ever.

After a cold spring and late start, the weather heated up quickly and with just, if barely enough rain, we managed to grow a pretty decent crop of food this spring. Harvested green onions, lettuce, kale, radish, carrots, peas, strawberries, raspberries, nasturtium and calendula flowers.

Eating locally grown food freshly picked is a profound experience as compared to our usual habit of buying the food at the store, much of it shipped from thousands of kilometers away. Growing and eating food locally allows us to have a rich discussion with the students about issues including our food system, health, equity, and global warming.

Was really great, when students were asked about what they learned from the garden this year, several talked about how the garden changed their perspective of the school and place, making them more aware of their surroundings and how they felt a sense of ownership and care over the gardens.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – June 15

Held a wonderful community event at Britannia Community Centre celebrating World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – June 15  and serving up a salmon bbq for about 100 people. Along with the BC Community Response Network, REACH Community Health Centre, and Brightside Housing, this event was organized as an information sharing opportunity in the spirit of bringing elders and seniors in our community together through a fun an socially connecting event.

As a member of the Grandview Woodland Community Response Network, we are happy to partner in this effort to build awareness around issues of elder abuse in their many forms  – for example, physical, emotional, financial. Many of these abuses are criminal offences under the Criminal Code of Canada, such as Theft, Forgery, Extortion, Assault, Intimidation, Threats, and Failure to Provide the Necessities of Life.

We acknowledge in our food security work the very important role that food plays in nourishing the whole self, including our spiritual and social well-being. As such, we are happy to bring a wholistic food security and food justice lens to the work of the Community Response Network. Community meals are a great way to build respectful, inclusive, and safe communities.