Eat West Coast! CBT’s Focus on Food Security

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The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust has invested over $88,000 to support food security and food system projects in the region that focus on:
– Creating spaces and opportunities to grow and share food
– Increasing access to nutritious foods for everyone
– Promoting understanding of and connection to healthy foods
– Strengthening community food system supports


Identifying Food Security as a CBT priority: Eat West Coast

In 2009, the CBT invested in a food security survey for the region and the development of a food action plan, primarily through the Ucluelet Community Food Initiative. The goal was to understand the region’s needs and assets. From this, CBT’s Eat West Coast initiative was launched with funding under the food security hub program of Island Health in 2012. Learn more about CBT’s Eat West Coast on eatwestcoast.ca

Funding to Community Food Projects

West Coast Farm and Garden Show –  Learn more…
Tofino Community Food Initiative, 2015/16
A showcase of regional farmers, growers, and backyard enthusiasts producing food on the West Coast.  While farming is not a term you hear every day on the West Coast, this inagural event highlights and promote farming of all varieties including aquacultures, specifically around kelp and shellfish, beekeeping, seed saving, urban farming, square foot gardening, composting and more.   This event aims to collectively pull together our community, our region, and Vancouver Island to share thoughts and best practices so that we may all come away with ways to make our lives a bit more sustainable.

Garden Workshop Series 
Tofino Community Food Initiative, 2015/16
Provide expert lecture and hands on activity for local gardeners with topics such as winter gardening, water collection, planning a year round garden, and safely treating garden pests and diseases.

Water Catchement Seminar
Jennifer Price-Francis and Dede Monette (Neighbourhood Small Grant), 2015
Covering everything from basic garden barrel to large home cisterns, the seminar introduces expert advice on catchement systems then hand on building of rain barrels.

Ty-Histanis Community Garden 
Craig Devine and Naomi Seitcher (Neighbourhood Small Grant), 2015
Good soil is hard to come by on the peninsula. The newly created garden in Ty-Histanis plans to gather kelp and seaweed from local beaches and use a vegetation shredder to chop and compost material to build nutrient rich soil.

Project based learning greenhouse project and Sustainability Class 
Ucluelet Elementary School, 2011 and 2014
UES’ greenhouse project will immerse students into study of construction, community, ecology, and global awareness. The students will be the caretakers of the facility, and the sustainability class will educate students on the life processes of gardening, instill in them the values and benefits associated with gardening, and show them the enjoyment and satisfaction derived from producing their own healthy food. Our activities will include composting, planting gardens, maintaining gardens and harvesting food.

Back-to-Basics Youth Sustainable Food Initiative
District of Ucluelet, 2013
Back to the Basics program focuses on teaching youth about the importance of food security, and them with the skills and knowledge required to become more connected
with their food source. There will be a series of workshops offered to youth from a variety of skilled, knowledgeable instructors, including information on current food systems and the environmental impact of food production and transportation. There will also be a number of
hands-on courses that use local foods to prepare delicious and nutritious meals.

Toquaht Community Hunt
Toquaht Nation, 2013
It is the Toquaht Nation’s desire and intent to ensure that our traditional practices, such as hunting and fishing, are known and practiced by our citizens to ensure the continuation of our vibrant culture.

Ahousaht Youth Hunt
Ahousaht First Nation, 2010 and 2012
Give youth the opportunity to increase their confidence and abilities through cultural activities based on our Aboriginal traditions and beliefs, encourage them to make healthier changes for themselves their families and community.

Teaching and Demonstration Food Garden 
Tofino Botanical Gardens Foundation, 2012
All of the projects will develop skills of west coast residents interested in growing their own food and in food security: Develop a teaching and demonstration food garden at the Tofino Botanical Garden; host eight workshops on gardening and food topics (e.g., composing, natural dyes, harvest and preparation of vegetables, etc.); and host an informal, weekly networking sessions for west coast gardeners and people interested in food and food security.

Community Compost & Ethnobotany Project
Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nation, 2011
Creation of the infrastructure and community education/promotion about the value of composting in a central location

Food Skills for Families
Wickaninnish Community School, 2011
This will deliver a new Canadian Diabetes Association food skills program geared to the needs of vulnerable families. The program will build skills necessary for choosing and preparing healthy foods with hands on cooking experience.

Youth Healthy Cooking Classes
Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nation, 2011
The program will build skills necessary for choosing and preparing healthy foods with hands on cooking experience.

Grade School Gourmet
Wickaninnish Community School, 2010
The program will build skills necessary for choosing and preparing healthy foods with hands on cooking experience.

Community Compost & Ethnobotany Project
Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nation, 2011
Creation of the infrastructure and community education/promotion about the value of composting in a central location

Food Skills for Families on a Smart Budget
Westcoast Community Resource Society, 2010
The overall goal of this program is to assist Ucluelet community members to make healthy food choices.  The project is a 6 week, learner-centered program which builds on participants’ knowledge and experience. It promotes healthy cooking on a smart budget and also eliminates the myth that healthy food is expensive and boring. The program validates specific cultural preferences and respects the wealth of wisdom that each person brings to the learning process.

Food Skills for First Nation Families
Hesquiaht First Nation, 2010
For the community of Hesquiaht it was a great opportunity for community members to come and learn about healthy nutrition and cook together. Sharing knowledge, food and cooking is a big part of First Nations culture and the program managed to capture all of that in the 6 weeks of delivery.

Tofino Community School Garden
Tofino Community Food Initiative, 2010
Reconnect students and community members with their food, to cultivate an appreciation of growing and consuming fresh, healthy, organic food, and to enrich our local food system. The garden will have two separate sections, one for the students and another for the community.

Ittatsoo Community Garden
Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nation, 2010
Our goal is to bring the positive energy back to Ittatsoo.  Looking to increase activities, soup kitchens, lunch-ins, and healthy image.  Build a green house for the health clinic.

Master Organic Gardener Training
Ucluelet Community Food Initiative, 2009
Provide expert training.

Community Feasting Project
Uu-a-thluk, 2008
The project will involve the whole community in the celebration of traditional foods.

Hesquiaht Gardening Project
Hesquiaht First Nation, 2010
Quantify the toxicological integrity of clams from important food harvesting sites throughout the harbour.

Funding to Support a Sustainable Food System 

The CBT has also funded many research and environment projects that look at the health and viability of our local marine food sources. Below is just a sample of projects, the CBT will be exploring more in depth the connections between our natural resources and food system in the near future.

Clayoquot Salmon Roundtable
West Coast Aquatic, 2014
Identify factors limiting wild chinook salmon in six major chinook-bearing watersheds in CS; rank factors as having a high- to low-impact; use ranking to develop a chinook recovery action plan for CS. Process will be repeated for wild sockeye and chum.

Bedwell/Ursus River Chinook Recovery Plan
Thornton Creek Enhancement Society, 2011
Creation of the infrastructure and community education/promotion about the value of composting in a central location

Searching for sustainable local foods: A study of the heavy metal toxicity of Ucluelet Harbour clams
Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nation, 2010
Quantify the toxicological integrity of clams from important food harvesting sites throughout the harbour.

Community Structure for Shellfish Plant
Ecotrust, 2004

Goosebarnacle Harvest
West Coast Vancouver Island Aquatic Management Board, West Coast Goosebarnacle Association, Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, 2002
Host four community workshops to develop direction for sustainable gooseneck barnacle harvest

BC’s New Food Security Gateway

The BC Food Security Gateway is an online resource that provides BC communities with up-to-date food security information. The Gateway is meant to inform and link you to projects, initiatives, and organizations in BC as well as publications, tools, guides, and news – so that you, too, can contribute to building food security in BC.
http://bcfoodsecuritygateway.ca/

 

Do you have a CBT-funded food project we missed? Do you have a project you would like the CBT to support or promote? Let us know…

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