A Food Bank Garden is growing in Slocan
South of the Tenacity Skatepark and adjacent to the WEG Community Services Society (WEGCSS) building in Slocan are two empty lots that are starting to be transformed into the Slocan Valley Food Bank Garden. With a generous grant from the CBT, a lease from the Village of Slocan, and enthusiastic volunteers, this land will become a permaculture garden that produces well-needed fresh organic produce for the food bank and serves as a hub for social gatherings and learning.
The Slocan Valley Food Bank Garden aims to enhance food security and sustainability by generating vegetables and berries for the food bank, even in times of inconsistent donations and funding. Food security means easier access to healthy food, for everyone, at all times. WEGCSS is planning a permaculture garden, designed by Shauna Teare, including a food forest, a community cob oven and a commercial kitchen in order to increase the capacity to preserve the harvest for the winter.
The vision is to create a gathering place to support social inclusion and promote a sense of belonging. The garden is a chance to bring together the users of the WEG Community Services Society – food bank users, daycare children, school children, youth, their parents, seniors, persons with disabilities, unemployed and individuals who are isolated. The garden can be an oasis for fulfilling many community needs; food security, social inclusion, health and wellbeing, skills building and education. – People will not be able to resist the garden! says garden manager Stephanie.
Starting last fall, an initial group of volunteers have built compost bins, planted fruit trees and cleared the land. The next steps are installing the fence, building soil, garden beds and planting! Volunteers are coming forward among the food bank users to build garden beds and to help out in various ways.
WEGCSS is grateful for a generous grant from CBT and the support of local businesses as Silverton Building Supplies, Hay Maintenance, Sockeye Enterprises and many individuals. At the recent Farm Food Fork conference in Nelson, the Food Bank Garden was awarded a bursary fund by winning the second most Fork Votes from the participants.
The project is looking for volunteers and for donations of perennial plants, seeds, garden tools, soil, organic materials and lumber. The Food Bank is open the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month and there will be garden workpartys and workshops on those days.
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