Wild Minds 2019 – Day 4

Strathcona and Cottonwood Gardens Environmental Youth Alliance youth garden provide such wonderful nature activities and learning opportunities, which is really what makes for a successful program. The youth have lots to stay engaged with. Today was a mix of learning starting with some native plant identification and some youth doing some plant pressing. Later, we learned more about birds by looking at a number of taxidermy birds lent to us from the UBC Beaty Biodiversity Museum. In the afternoon, we headed over to the youth garden to clear away a patch of invasive non-native plants such as Himalayan blackberry, buttercup, morning glory, and goutweed.

Wild Minds 2019 Day 3

Today was about the birds where we had the opportunity to hang out with Sam, a bird expert and learn about birds, their benefits to the environment, and their habitat. Birds and food go together, whether as pollinators, pest control, or providing soil nutrients bird poop. Saw some bushtits, crows (of course), starlings, and chickadees. Later spent the afternoon building swallow birdhouses to gift to Maplewood Flats Conservation Area which we will be visiting next week.

Wild Minds Day 2

Got down to some work today in the Environmental Youth Alliance youth garden at the Cottonwood Gardens. Watered and weeded some of the veggie beds. Also harvested wonderful Mulberries from a large tree that we later used to make fruit leather. Meanwhile over in the Native Plant Demo Garden in Strathcona Gardens, we dug a hole to erect a tall bird perch and nesting pole. Much of the focus with this year’s Wild Minds is on birds and understanding the interrelationship between birds, plants, our food source and ecology in general.

Wild Minds 2019 – Day 1

It is fun to be running Wild Minds again this summer with the Environmental Youth Alliance and a wonderful group of 12 youth, many from Britannia School. The youth are quite engaged. First day is typically a bit of an orientation discussing what wild means and the benefits of rewinding urban spaces while also getting to know the many garden and food forest spaces at Strathcona Community Gardens and Cottonwood Community Garden where there is so much to explore, learn about, and taste. It was a special when we found a large patch of ripe salal berries to eat, especially since many of the youth had not eaten salal berries before. Wild Minds is largely about reconnecting with nature in the city, whether it be learning about native plants or birds, food growing and more. For starters the youth are learning to identify native plants and learn about their characteristics.

Eco Eats – 30 days of Everyone Eats

Eco Eats Story: 
In 2016  Eco Eats Founder,  Jennae Gedeon spent three months researching challenges with the food system. During this time she discovered a sustainable model that could bring real results. What influenced them from early on was KIVA,  a micro-loan agency where they empower and change lives based on a full circle approach by putting people first.
By developing a nifty on-line app, Eco Eats is working to divert healthy and tasty food from being wasted. Simply connect to the apt and order your food.  Eco eats will also be diverting quality food to various food programs.

Our vision is everyone eats. We do this by connecting missed food donations to make the world a better place. We  develop innovative solutions that’s real and practical  in a light-hearted way to bring a smile to everyone.  

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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.