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 CR FRUIT TREE PROJECT
Greenways is excited to announce that we are running a pilot Fruit Tree Project in Campbell River for the 2019 growing season!
The Fruit Tree Project is a gleaning program that connects fruit tree owners who don’t want to, or are not able to, harvest their trees with a group of volunteer harvesters. The harvest is split between the owner, volunteers, partner organizations in our community who distribute fruit to those who need it, and program cost recovery (to help contribute to an ongoing project).
A Fruit Tree Project comes with many benefits including less food wasted, less fruit on the ground to attract bears and wasps, and promotion of a healthy diet for everyone receiving the fruit, including the tree owners, volunteers, and recipients through community organizations.
OTHER FOOD SECURITY PROJECTS
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, is now up and running! 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 [email protected]
Strathcona Food Network
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.
Access to Seafood
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.