Edible Garden Project 2016 Calendars


Calendars hot off the press!

Our 2016 Garden Calendars are ready to buy. They are full of tips, planting schedules, planting dates we use at Loutet Farm, and kids activity ideas. They are a great holiday present for the gardeners in your life, and all the proceeds from the calendars support the Edible Garden Project’s programs to build gardens, grow fresh food, and teach all ages.

Check out the “Shop” on our website for more information, and photos of the inside of the calendar. 

The calendars are $18.50 (+shipping), and are full of bright photos celebrating 10 years of Edible Garden Project success on the North Shore!

Elder’s Gathering Place

The Elder’s Gathering place is a grassroots initiative created by Skundaal (Bernie Williams) – Haida Nation, and Dan Wallace – Lekwaiktaich & Haida Nations.  Our goal is to utilize Skundaal & Dan’s art studio at the Sacred Circle located at 33 Cordova St. W as a gathering place for Elders.  Our main concerns are that elders living in and around Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) are not having their daily nutritional requirements met for many reasons.  Poverty is the main reason, but this is also exacerbated by elder abuse, accessibility issues and traditional food items being replaced by processed foods that are unhealthy. We plan to not only feed elders, but also to build community by facilitating an all nations drum circle as well as other cultural activities.
At first, our priority will be to take care of indigenous elders by gaining access to and redistributing traditional foods in addition to organic fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Once we have built up our capacity the “Elders’ gathering place” will be able to serve all elders regardless of their ethnic backgrounds.
Our focus at this time is getting a kitchen and dining space set up so that we can cook and serve food for elders on a monthly basis. Considering that there are ample services, dinners and give aways during December, ideally our first “Elders’ Feast & Give Away” would be in mid January so that we can help subsidize elders’ food needs between cheque issue dates.
We anticipate that once we are set up, we will have enough wild and fresh food donations to preserve and stock our shelves with to have a pantry full of healthy organic foods.  We have already received some donations of clothing, small coffee machine, small freezer, an electric kettle and one hot plate.  We will need much more before we can get started though.
The following list of items are needed to begin this project:
Full size stove x 2 (New or used approx $300 each)
Full size Fridge     (New or used approx $250)
Cooking Utensils   (New or used approx $200)
Pots/Pans/Baking Sheets  (New $200 or used)
Regular Canner  (New $50 or used)
Pressure Canner  (New $100 or used)
Canning Supplies  (New or used)
Folding Tables x 10  (New or used $50-$100 each)
Folding Chairs x 60   (New $15 each or used)
Table Cloths x 10  (New $10 each or used)
Wash cloths  (New $10 or used)
%100 Biodegradable Soap/cleaners ($20 each bulk size)
Baking Soda  (for cooking & cleaning $15 each bulk size)
Cooking Oil        (Grapeseed Oil, Coconut or other healthy Oils $20-$30 bulk size)
Whole wheat Organic Flour or other Organic Flours.
Organic Coffee ($9lb @ wholesale price for Cafe Justicia supports indigenous coffee co-ops in Guatemala)
Organic Teas  ($5-$10 per box or bulk size)
Coffee Filters ($5 each box)
Large Coffee Urn ($200 New or used)
Large Coffee Filters ($30)
Coffee cups (new or used)
Gas Cards x 20 ($20,$50 or $100)
We are also looking for volunteers to help with pick up & delivery of donated items.
Please contact me by phone or email if you are able to contribute in any way.
Shannon Hecker

Britannia School Gardening 2015/16

Kicked off this year’s school gardening program recently with a seed saving workshop thanks to Matthew Kemshaw and the Environmental Youth Alliance. Lots of really interesting information that kept the students quite engaged and attentive.

Currently working with three secondary classes this year as well as the grade 3 and 4s. Will have the students out in the garden about every three or four weeks for some hands on learning.





Honor the Earth



Check out this very important work being done by the Honor the Earth, a Native-led organization, established by Winona LaDuke and Indigo Girls Amy Ray and Emily Saliers.

“Our wild rice harvest is in, and we are grateful. Our manoomin (wild rice) is healthy, the largest harvest in many years, and because we are winning some battles against the largest pipeline company in North America, we hope to keep our rice healthy and oil free. In this process, in this struggle to protect what we have, and to protect all of us, our community is very courageous; and we need your support now more than ever”.