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 end of Morgan Road, 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. We also explore various soil-building and composting techniques. Everyone is welcome, and no previous experience is required to join. If you're interested, come on out to a work party. Email email@example.com for more info.
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Come join Alison for a quiet afternoon cooking a few new dishes to see if they are suitable for the seniors frozen meals.
RSVP if you want to come.
How can I make my food supply more local? Why can’t I find seeds for those varieties my grandmother grew in her garden? How do I save seeds from plants that cross-pollinate? What do we need to do to start a seed bank on Galiano?
Join Dan Jason of Salt Spring Seeds and learn how to take part in the age-old practice of seed-saving, and answer these questions and more. Understand the importance of heritage seeds in the modern food system and enjoy a hands-on demonstration of harvesting seeds in preparation for this season, including harvesting, cleaning, storing and labelling.
Dan Jason is the founder of Salt Spring Seeds. An active critic of genetically-modified seeds, patents on living organisms and industrial agriculture in general, he is a dedicated educator on sustainable organic gardening and farming, food politics and seed saving. He is the author of Saving Seeds As If Our Lives Depended On It.
$15-$25 Please register at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Galiano Island’s Best Nettle Dish: April 12th at the 8th Annual Nettlefest
Who will be crowned “Queen or King of Nettles” this year?
Join the “prickly” competition. Bring your favourite nettle dish.
No restrictions on type. A panel of judges will choose their favourite.
Judging begins at 5:30 pm – get your dish in before then.
Come together to celebrate the return of Spring as we gather as a community for the 8th annual Nettlefest Potluck. It’s all about gathering with friends and neighbours, sharing some wonderful food, and enjoying the entertainment of some amazingly-talented locals. Join us, and bring something to share with others.
(Kitchen volunteers needed. Join us in the afternoon to make the Nettle Soup and Nettle Bread for the evening potluck.)
Soup is sometimes more than soup. It's sustenance, comfort, a lifesaver, and a social glue. The community-building-fundraising movement of the same name in Chicago inspires our “Soup & Bread” Lunch.
Lunch is on April 13 & 27 at the South Hall. Lunch will be open to everyone from 12:30pm till 1:30pm.
This event is a fundraiser for the Food Program’s Soup for Seniors Project
There is a suggested donation of $5-$10
Cooking for the days lunch starts at 10am. Help to prepare the soup for lunch and meals for the seniors is always appreciated. We always need new volunteers and there are all kinds of jobs that need doing.
RSVP's help me figure out how many people will be in the kitchen.
“If I told you that there was a fantastically tasty, nutritious and absolutely free foodstuff growing probably meters, and certainly no more than five minutes' walk, from where you now sit, would I pique your interest? If I said it was easy to cook and very versatile, might I be whetting your appetite? And if I mentioned that it beats both spinach and broccoli for vitamins, minerals and protein, would that seal the deal? I am talking about nettles, nature's well-armoured and plentiful offering at this otherwise rather sparse time of year. Sting-y as they are, these plants are a magical gift to anyone who favours cooking with local, seasonal, fresh ingredients.” –Alison Colwell
The flavour of nettles is irrefutably "green", somewhere between spinach, cabbage and broccoli, with a unique hint of pepperiness, a sort of slight, earthy tingle in the mouth. If you like your greens, you'll like nettles.
Learn how to make a variety of delicious nettle dishes and how to remove the sting so that you can take advantage of all of nettle’s incredible health benefits. This hands-on class includes cooking demonstrations and is suitable for all levels of cooking skills. It’s a prime opportunity for those looking to develop their skills and incorporate wild foods into their diet. We will create a delicious meal to share around a communal table at the end of the evening. This is a chance to bring questions, and get ideas for your entry into the Nettle Dish Competition at the Potluck.
Registration includes all ingredients for a meal we prepare in class, plus a copy of Alison’s Nettle Cookbook. Please register at email@example.com. Sliding scale $15-$25. South Galiano Community Hall
Meet at the South Galiano Community Hall to carpool
Free, open to everyone, kids welcome. Please bring baskets, clippers/scissors and GLOVES.
Forest Foraging Walk with Naturalist Patti Pringle from the Galiano Conservancy & Holistic Nutritionist Cedana Bourne 10:00am-12:00, Saturday April 11
Meet at Alistair Ross trailhead parking lot
Bring your gloves and baskets and learn about foraging in our local forests. We’ll walk through Galiano’s wild places and talk about nettles and other edible wild greens, how and when to pick them for a sustainable harvest, where they grow, and their roles in our local ecosystems. We’ll also learn about their nutritional and health-giving properties, and how best to preserve them. Join in afterwards for the Community Nettle Harvesting.
Sliding scale $5-$10. Please register at firstname.lastname@example.org