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Apr 9 2015 - 9:53am

Come join us at the South Hall for a raucous evening of games with your friends and neighbours!

Bring your favourite board game to share with others. (No e-games please.) There will be Scrabble, Apples to Apples, Cards, Catan, Chess, Game of Life, Othello, Trivia, Crib and more…

We will have snacks and a simple supper. Everyone is welcome!

The price is right!
Sliding scale $5-$10. Volunteers needed.

Supper’s Ready has been funded by the federal government, through New Horizons for Seniors.

Apr 1 2015 - 9:21pm

In February, Program Coordinator Emma Luna Davis gave a presentation at Salt Spring Island's Seedy Saturday about the Galiano Community Food Program's Gleaning Project. Here are the notes from that presentation.

Galiano Island Community Food Program Gleaning Project
Started in 2009, with support from the YMCA and the federal government.

WHY

Mar 24 2015 - 9:28pm
Food Program | Growing Food

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.

Mar 18 2015 - 2:25pm
Food Program | Soup for Seniors

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.

Supper’s Ready has been funded by the federal government, through New Horizons for Seniors.

Mar 17 2015 - 8:38am

I knew nettles were good for us, but really, how good? To find out, I was inspired to get a lab sample of one of Galiano’s most prominent forageable foods. I then compared the analysis against the nutrient values of kale, broccoli, lettuce, spinach and 2% milk (you’ll see why) and the results blew me away. The data on the foods below came from the USDA Nutrient Database and the Canadian Nutrient File.
Most surprising to me was that nettles have the highest calcium content of all these foods.

Food Calcium Value per 100g
Nettles, Blanched 481mg
Kale, Raw 150mg

Mar 1 2015 - 11:04pm
Food Program | School Projects

December was ushered in with the Great Bigleaf Rake-Up at the school garden. With maple leaves buried under a dusting of crunchy snow, blue sky above, Galiano School kids gathered around two large maple trees on the school property to learn about densely rich maple leaves and the value they bring to other plants when composted. The kids were divided into four teams: Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, and Nitrogen, and each team learned some interesting facts about these four elements that figure prominently in maple leaves.

Mar 1 2015 - 10:51pm

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.

Mar 1 2015 - 10:45pm
Food Program | Soup for Seniors

Soup and Bread (formerly known as Meals for Seniors) is one of the most loved and successful projects the Food Program runs. I’d love to say we planned it that way—but of course we did not.

Feb 28 2015 - 7:35pm

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.

Feb 28 2015 - 7:29pm

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.)