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.
There are many more ways to get involved with food security in the region.
S U M M E R 2023 – Join us as a school garden volunteer! Find out more and sign up here.
STRATHCONA GOOD FOOD BOX PROGRAM
The Strathcona Good Food Box Program has been active since 2020. Developed partly in response to a need for access to healthy foods during the COVID-19 pandemic. 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.
Greenways is proud to have been part of the development of the Mountain View Community Garden in Charstate Park, and currently takes care of its administrative activities in partnership with the garden’s committee. This garden also features the Mountain View Food Forest, which is still in the early stages of development but will be open to the public for “urban foraging”.
The Lauging Willow Community Garden in Willow Point, 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.
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.
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‘CR Mountain View Community Garden’ FACEBOOK GROUP,
STRATHCONA LOCAL FOOD NETWORK
Greenways hosts monthly meetings for the Strathcona Local 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.
CAMPBELL RIVER FRUIT TREE PROJECT
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.
Nature & Nutrition Seniors’ Program
It’s a win win! The 12-week program with limited spaces is designed to offer positive health changes from a boost in nutritious food and physical activity in a social, nature-based setting.
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.
- Strathcona Food Security Needs Assessment
- Boat to Table Report 2017
- Boat to Table Workshop 2018 _ Resources | Presentations _