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Seasonal Gleaning

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 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

Nov 19 2014 - 4:28pm
Food Program | Seasonal Gleaning

At this time of year it can seem as if there is bounty everywhere you turn. Gardens are bursting with fresh vegetables, neighbours are hiding zucchini in your car, and there are ripe blackberries around every corner.
Galiano is also lucky to have some orchards, including some with heirloom varieties that are hard to find in commercial cultivation. In addition, many of our residential plots have a well- established fruit tree or two.

Apr 21 2014 - 11:35am
Food Program | Seasonal Gleaning

It is wonderful to think about the foods that are growing all by themselves which will make a great snack as we are out for a walk. Sheep sorrel and miner's lettuce come to mind often found close to a path. Their tender leaves and lively taste are fun to discover and nibble. Not to rain on this feast, but a word for attentiveness: many of us, me included, walk with our beloved dogs along these paths. Dogs are such great companions, and, as you've noticed, they do have a habit of lifting their legs or having a quick squat now and then. Keep that in mind when you pick your snack.

Oct 11 2011 - 4:34pm

Friday, October 21st, at 1:30pm at the South Hall, we’ll meet to prepare, cook and divide up the two Giant pumpkins donated by Roger and Lisa at Sunshine Farms.

Bring a container, because all volunteers will be leaving with pumpkin, and bring your biggest spoon as we try to retrieve all those seeds for roasting.

Sep 14 2011 - 9:50pm
Food Program | Seasonal Gleaning

The gleaning season has begun in earnest. Contact us if you have extra vegetables or fruit that you would like to share with the community. Everyone welcome on the gleaning parties, just e-mail or phone us to reserve your spot prior to the glean. Bring your own ladders and boxes.