March News from Sooke Food CHI
Sooke Region Food CHI Society

Recent Events

Seedy Saturday
Thanks to everyone who came out to make Sooke Seedy Saturday another success, roughly 800 people passed through the doors of the Sooke Community Hall. Thank you to Sooke Fall Fair for collaboration and to all our supporters, vendors, members and volunteers who participated in the day. 

March News


 
Upcoming Events

Farm & Film Night Gala evening
Wednesday March 12 
Food CHI and Sooke Awareness Film Night present our annual gala evening. 3 short films about preserving farmland with a post-screening panel of amazing local organizers working on this issue. Plus a chance to browse and purchase local farm products & enjoy tea and cookies from culinary arts students. 7-9:30 pm at EMCS.More information here.
 
Strengthening Local Farms Workshop
Saturday March 15 
The second in a series of  workshops on valuing our food, farmers & community. Join Cowichan Green Community‘s ED Judy Stafford and Food Security Coordinator Vanessa Goodall to explore what collective actions Sooke can take to strengthen its farms and increase food security. 1-4 pm at Sooke Harbour House Potlatch Room. More information here.

Grow A Row 

Thanks to West Coast Seeds for a generous donation of seeds for this program! We have volunteers dutifully coming out Wed. & Sun. afternoons; we welcome volunteers anytime – please give Paula a call (250) 642-5572 for more info.  Thank you  Sooke Marine Industries for donating a fabricated aluminum harvest shed and thanks to the EMCS students who helped get it in place. This shed will  be outfitted to wash and store fresh produce for distribution to our Sooke helping agencies and Food Bank.

What's happening at SRGC?

Early spring has arrived, almost! On the good days allotment plot gardeners have started to prep beds for spring plantings. A donated greenhouse is already in use for “starts”,  and active soil building from last summer means everyone gets a good helping of enhanced soils lovingly mixed with composts, manures and silt leaf mulch from the Charters Creek reservoir. 

Orchard Work Bee
Sun. March 16,
 
10-12 pm

 Come out for a spring work party and learn about orchard maintenance including early spring pruning. Bring gloves & dress warmly. Meet at the Apple Shack the coffee will be on!  For more info contact Glen glensgardeningco@shaw.ca
Healing Garden 
 
In March when the rains let up  more work will again commence in the healing garden. What was planted last fall, many donated plants and shrubs,  survived the winter and additional plantings to come this year.  For anyone who wishes to help Hillary, Glyse and Phoebe with this attractive medicine wheel garden, down near the wetlands pond garden, on Wednesday mornings ( 9:30 to 1130 am) please contact Hillary (250) 642-7163, Phoebe (250) 642-4342.
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