One of the biggest ways in which people connect with the environment is through food. Unfortunately, many of our current systems leave people without secure access to food that is both healthy and affordable. Greenways is working in collaboration with local organizations to increase food security for residents of the Strathcona Regional District.
The Fruit Tree Project is a fruit-gleaning project designed to distribute fruit that would otherwise go unpicked to fruit tree owners, volunteer harvesters, and community partners. Last year was the pilot project for this idea and it was a great success.
To learn more about the project or how to get involved, click here
Greenways is proud to have been part of the development of the Laughing Willow Community Garden, and currently takes care of Laughing Willow’s administrative activities in partnership with the garden’s committee.
The Mountain View Community Garden, our second community garden, has been running for a good while! Greenways is happy to support the continued development and administrative activities with the garden’s committee. This garden also features a Food Forest, which is still in the early stages of development but will be open to the public for “urban foraging”.
If you want to grow your own food and are interested in being added to the waitlist for a community garden please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Campbell River is a coastal community, but for many people, seafood is simply inaccessible. We are currently putting out feelers to promote fresh, direct, wild and local seafood sales from “boat to table”. Our first initiative was a BOAT TO TABLE workshop for commercial fishermen which we ran on April 25, 2018.
Greenways hosts monthly meetings for the Strathcona Food Network, a community of people interested and involved in local food systems and food security in the Strathcona Regional District of Vancouver Island. This network supports projects building food connections throughout the Strathcona Regional District with a focus on collaborative action.
The Food Network is part of an island-wide “Food Hubs” initiative– find out more here.
STRATHCONA GOOD FOOD BOX PROGRAM
The Strathcona Good Food Box is a new project for Greenways! This is a program designed to make fresh, healthy, and safe produce both physically and financially accessible to those in remote North Island communities and Campbell River.
Produce is ordered in bulk, delivered to the communities, repacked into boxes by our wonderful Community Coordinators and volunteers, and picked up at a central community location. Think of it like a produce subscription box but without any commitment. This method of bulk-purchasing produce equates to 30-50% of city grocery store pricing and has the potentially to greatly reduce travel costs. We are also currently able to provide subsidized boxes for low-income households.
Since it’s launch in December 2020, the project has distributed more than 2,012 boxes and more than 18 tons of food!
If you’d like to get involved or are interested in more details please email Katie at email@example.com or click the link to the left to volunteer with the program in Campbell River. To order or volunteer in all other communities, please contact the relevant Community Coordinators below:
Gold River Community Coordinator Terra at firstname.lastname@example.org
Campbell River Community Coordinator Valorie at email@example.com
Tahsis Community Coordinator Ricki at firstname.lastname@example.org
Zeballos Community Coordinator Cyndy at email@example.com
Sayward Community Coordinator Evangeline at
This project is funded by United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island and the Government of Canada.