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Jul 4 2015 - 10:25am
The Hall | Parks

Please note there is no camping in the Bluffs, on Mt Galiano and in the Heritage Forest. Also, please be aware that the Gulf Islands are at an extreme fire hazard level and do not drop cigarettes anywhere. Thank you for your attention to these matters. The Board of the Galiano Club.

Jul 4 2015 - 10:23am
Extreme Fire Hazard | The Hall | Parks

Please note there is no camping in the Bluffs, on Mt Galiano and in the Heritage Forest. Also, please be aware that the Gulf Islands are at an extreme fire hazard level and do not drop cigarettes anywhere. Thank you for your attention to these matters. The Board of the Galiano Club.

Jun 15 2015 - 9:47pm
Food Program | Growing Food

Last month, Colleen painted a bucolic picture of life with chickens that had me seriously considering adding a few to my backyard barnyard. Then I remembered why I have ducks.

Jun 8 2015 - 5:11pm

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

May 28 2015 - 12:59pm
Growing Food

In grade five I won a public-speaking contest but the head teacher didn’t care for the topic I chose: chickens. “They were too,” she paused, curled her lip and shuddered as if she had just found a slug in her shoe, “chickeny.” I found her response amusing, for I had assumed that everyone would be fascinated by chickens. Wouldn’t anyone, given the opportunity, become completely absorbed by their clucks and coos, sleep-time murmurs, broody shrieks, curious personalities, and the dynamics of the pecking order?

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.

This project is funded by the Government of Canada's New Horizons federal government, through New Horizons for Seniors Program.

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.