COMMUNITY PROJECTS

click on each photo to learn more

DSC_0602_edited.jpg

Seed the City

SEED THE CITY is a program for high school students where they can gain experience in urban farming and gardening, earn credits towards graduation, and become part of the local food movement in their city. This program is a partnership between LifeCyclesTOPSOIL Innovative Urban Agriculture, and the Greater Victoria School District

YAUMAP_edited_edited_edited.jpg

Young Agrarians Garden Share

A U-Map where people can list their available outdoor gardening space online, and interested local gardeners can get in touch.

If you have a space that you'd like to make available for someone in your community to garden this is a great place to list it! 

Image by Paul M

Fill Your Basket

"The ŚW̱,ȻENEṈITEL Indigenous Foods Initiative sprang into action last month in response to recent and future impacts of COVID-19. They opened up a granting program to support Indigenous families in planting gardens of Indigenous foods and veggies, or accessing Indigenous foods and medicines. They are currently looking for donations to support more families."

New Growth

Seedlings for Saanich Seniors

In an effort to help seniors grow food an anonymous donor provided over 200 seniors with plant starts this season. Over 6000 veggie seedlings were given to seniors in May 2020

Image by Annie Spratt

Get Growing, Victoria

The City of Victoria is growing over 75,000 food plant starts to be given out, in partnership with community and non-profit organizations, to people and communities disproportionally impacted by COVID-19

_MG_2052.JPG

Pollinator Steward Webinar Series

A 10-part webinar series led by Pollinator Partnership Canada with Habitat Acquisition Trust, Saanich Native Plants and Parks Canada. Webinars are science-based and locally focused covering the why and how of supporting pollinators through habitat, outreach and citizen science. The webinars are for land managers, farmers, gardeners, and anyone interested in learning more about pollinators, the current situation, and how to help.

Screen%20Shot%202020-06-22%20at%202.56_e

My F.E.D. Farms

The Food Eco District (F.E.D.) is looking to support 500 families and laid off workers by providing home-based start up food gardens!

00000IMG_00000_BURST20200728172754850_CO

Palenke Greens

PALENKE GREENS are burlap sack gardens, for those facing food insecurity and have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, cultivating the Ubuntu spirit of communal self-reliance. Inspired by Refarmers in Vancouver, the Iyé Creative established the burlap sack garden movement in Victoria to prioritize the stories and voices of black, local indigenous and other marginalized groups in their journey of reconnecting to the land.

 

Stay tuned on Instagram or Facebook: @iye.herstories

Watering the Garden

Mentor Matching

Are you an experienced gardener and would like to share your knowledge? Are you a novice gardener looking for advice?  Lets make a match!

Image by Markus Spiske

Victoria Seed Share

This grassroots project was started from a large donation of seeds and is run by two individuals, who collect donations of seeds and distribute them to Victoria-area gardeners.

The Jawl Foundation

We are growing on unceded Coast Salish territories.

This initiative works within the territories of the Lək̓ʷəŋən, SENĆOŦEN, and Hul'q'umi'num speaking peoples. Within this are the territories of the Lək̓ʷəŋən (Songhees), Xwsepsum (Esquimalt), W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip), BOḰEĆEN (Pauquachin), SȾÁUTW̱ (Tsawout), W̱SIKEM (Tseycum), Sc'ianew (Beecher Bay), T’Sou-ke, Pacheedaht, MÁLEXEȽ (Malahat), Pune’laxutth’ (Penelekut), Stz'uminus (Chemainus), Ts’uubaa-asatx (Lake Cowichan), Halalt, Lyackson, sc̓əwaθən məsteyəxʷ (Tsawwassen), SEMYOME (Semiahmoo), and Quw'utsun (Cowichan) Nations.

The presence of settlers (non-Indigenous peoples who live on these lands) is not neutral; it continues to have devastating impacts on many aspects of life for Indigenous peoples. Many settler practices, including the seeds planted, the forms of education, and methods of growing food come to these lands through the ongoing process of colonialism. Colonialism has suppressed local well-being by harming Indigenous food systems, whether they be land-based or of the sky and sea. We honour the stewards of these lands, including the people, plants and animals, who have an intimate knowledge of the foods of this land. We hold them up for the work they continuously do to protect and connect with the land.

©2020 by Growing Together. Proudly created with Wix.com