Wild Minds 2017 – Week 1

A group of 13 Britannia youth are discovering what urban wild means to them. For some it is creativity, others it is chaos, nature, animals, joy and what better place to explore this wildness theme but at Strathcona and Cottonwood Community Gardens. Year 2 of the Wild Minds summer garden program, a partnership between the Grandview Woodland Food Connection, Environmental Youth Alliance, and Evergreen BC, will be focusing on growing native plants and again, rewilding an area in the Strathcona Gardens all in an effort to better understand the importance of not only growing food in the city, but of creating wild spaces that support ecosystem and biological diversity. Thank you also to Evergreen Foundation and Blue Sky Properties as well as Metro Vancouver – Agriculture Awareness Grants for their generous funding.

GOFUNDME – Cottonwood Garden Fire

Hi Gardeners,

As you know, an early morning fire destroyed our greenhouse and tool/bee shed this week.
We’ve lost a lot and don’t have the money to replace the sheds, the tools and the beekeeping equipment and supplies that were all destroyed. So we have launched a GoFundMe page to raise money.

Here’s a link to the GoFundMe page:https://www.gofundme.com/cottonwood-fire

Here’s a link to our Facebook page which has a link to the GoFundMe page: https://www.facebook.com/SaveCottonwoodCommunityGarden
If you haven’t already, please read the article about the fire with more photos. This post has had 2900 views!

Please make a donation, if you can, and please share the link to our GoFundMe page – on your FaceBook page and/or with family and friends. If you have a website, there are instructions below for adding the GoFundMe widget/button.

Last School Day

Was fortunate that the raspberries ripened just in time to bring the grade 3s down to the garden to pick berries on their second to last day of school. The berry picking, which this year included a few gooseberries (all berries are late this year) is a highlight for the kids. They also found a few baby carrots and lots of radishes, which surprisingly, many of the kids like. It is like a big treasure hunt for the kids.

šxʷqʷeləwən ct Carving Pavilion – One Heart, One Mind

I am in awe of the new Britannia Community Services Centre Carving Pavilion and garden. The new roof cap was just completed in time for the official blessing and naming, which is now called šxʷqʷeləwən ct Carving Pavilion, meaning One Heart, One Mind. Notice the magnificent Fireweed in the garden. As part of the opening, Metis herbalist Lori Snyder led us on a herb walk through the šxʷqʷeləwən ct garden.

BC Food Systems Network gathering – UBC Farm

We look forward to welcoming you to the 19th BCFSN Annual Gathering, July 14-16 on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people, at UBC Farm.

Space is limited so sign up as soon as possible –registration closes Monday, July 3 at midnight.

Please go to Eventbrite to register. We look forward to seeing you there!

This year’s theme is Cultivating Change: Building Our Food Movement.

Over the course of the weekend, we are excited to have a variety of conversations in plenary and workshop sessions to dig deeper into how the broader food movement in BC has evolved, where there are opportunities to engage more strategically towards systems change, and unpack issues around inclusion and equality, paying particular attention to who and what have been left out of the movement.

Full details can be found on our website here. If you have questions please contact Carrie at gathering@bcfsn.org.

Off the Grill 2017 Kicks Off

Off the Grill, Britannia Community Services Centre summer youth meal program kicked off last week with healthy food prepared by and served to youth free and community members for $5. Supported by the Grandview Woodland Food Connection, Off the Grill runs every Wed and Fri (as long as it is not raining) outdoors in the Britannia plaza. A huge thank you to Pasture To Plate Organic Whole Animal Butcher Shop for their generous donation of grass fed meat to this program providing healthy grass fed and protein rich food for our youth.