COMMUNITY PROJECTS

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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

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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.

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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!

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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

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!

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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.

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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! 

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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

The Jawl Foundation

We are growing on unceded Coast Salish* territories.

The presence of settlers (non-Indigenous peoples who live on these lands) is not neutral; it has had and continues to have devastating impacts on many aspects of life for Indigenous peoples. Many (settler) practices, including the seeds we plant, the ways we educate, and our methods of growing food came to these lands through the ongoing process of colonialism. Settler colonialism has suppressed local well-being by harming Indigenous food systems, whether they be land-based or of the sky and sea. Let us hold this understanding in our interactions and engagements with this land and its people.

* The term Coast Salish is used to encompass a number of Indigenous peoples, including Esquimalt, Hul’qumi’num, Klahoose, Lekwungen, MALAXEt, Musqueam, OStlq’emeylem, Pentlatch, Scia’new (Beecher Bay), Sliammon, Shishalh, Skxwú7mesh-ulh Úxwumixw, Stó:lo, Straits, Tsleil-Waututh, T’Sou-ke, W̱SÁNEĆ, and Xwemalhkwu. 

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