Five local Juan de Fuca/Sooke groups were successful recipients of food trees and shrubs, awarded through a CRD-partnered initiative: Sherringham Point Light house, East Sooke Volunteer Fire Dept., Edward Milne School, T’Sou-ke First Nation, and Pacheedaht First Nation. Additional food tree sponsors are actively being sought.
To mark Canada’s 150th birthday, the Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable (CRFAIR), Le Coteau Nursery and the Capital Regional District (CRD) have partnered to award 150 food trees and shrubs for distribution across the capital region.
Le Coteau nursery generously donated the trees and shrubs to raise awareness of the importance of food and agriculture in the region. The partnership is being led by CRFAIR, coordinator of the Good Food Network, which connects individuals and organizations building healthy and sustainable food systems.
The CRD and the Regional Food and Agriculture Task Force support this initiative as part of the Regional Food and Agriculture Strategy, which aims to bring awareness to local agricultural issues and opportunities to increase local food production. For more information on the Strategy, please visit CRD’s Food and Agriculture web page.
Community organizations, schools, local governments and First Nations were invited to apply to receive up to 20 trees or shrubs each. Applications were evaluated based on trees being accessible to the public, making a positive contribution to the surrounding community, and being cared for over the long-term.
“We are overwhelmed by the wonderful response from the community,” says Linda Geggie, Executive Director of CRFAIR. “In a very short time, through sending the word out through the Good Food Network, local government partnerships and school districts, we had almost 50 applications for over 500 fruit trees. It is very clear that people are seeing the value of planting food gardens and community orchards across the region”.
The successful applicants are listed in the table below.
Le Coteau nursery in West Saanich is now in its 61so year and currently owned by Rob Harris. The farm supplies local grocery stores and also provides a wide variety of plants and fruit trees. The farm also supports local food initiatives such as the Grow Young Farmers Society, teaching children farming skills and placing fruit trees and vegetable gardens on school grounds; and Food Eco District, a collection of local restaurants and volunteers promoting urban food production.
As there has been a great response and there are many more deserving opportunities for schools and community organizations to plant, CRFAIR would welcome additional food tree sponsors. To make a contribution and learn more please contact Linda Geggie at 250.896.7004 or visit CRFAIR Online.
|RECIPIENTS OF FOOD TREES AND SHRUBS (JdF/Sooke in bold)|
|Capital City Allotment Garden||Saturna Island Parks and Rec|
|Community Living Victoria||Sherringham Point Light house|
|City of Colwood||South Island Distance Ed School|
|East Sooke Volunteer Fire Dept.||Township of Esquimalt|
|Edward Milne School||Tsawout First Nation|
|Farmlands Trust (Newman Farm)||Tsartlip First Nation|
|Gorge Park Community Garden||T’Sou-ke First Nation|
|James Bay Community Assoc.||UVic Community Garden|
|Maria Montessori Academy||Victoria High School|
|District of North Saanich||Victoria West Community Association|
|Pacheedaht First Nation||Westshore Centre for Learning|
|Pepaken Hautw First Nation||Victoria Native Friendship Center|
|Quadra Cedar Hill Community Association||Yates St. Community Garden|