Summer News from Sooke Food CHI
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Fruit Tree Gleaning Volunteers Wanted
Food CHI’s Fruit Tree Gleaning program is starting up for the season and we need volunteers to help make this food recovery program successful. Our gleaning program volunteers harvest fruit trees when property owners can’t do it. The fruit is share equally between the home owner, Sooke Food Bank and other helping agencies, and the volunteers who participate in the pick.

Volunteer Pickers 
We are looking for volunteers to help pick fruit. All equipment is supplied and a team leader accompanies each pick.  Call or email Larry at 250-889-7482, or email Nancy at
Please include your availability and phone number.

Database Volunteer 
We need a volunteer who is proficient in Excel to manage the database. Approx. 1-2 hours weekly until end of harvest season. Email Anita for more info at
It’s fun and rewarding! Let us know if you can help.

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EMCS Youth at SRG
From March to mid-June we had 80 teens from 4 classes from Edward Milne Community School (EMCS) come help at SRG. Read the story here to see what youth from our community have helped
us accomplish!

Next SRG Allotment Council Meeting
September TBA

  Sooke Fall Fair
Just a reminder that the Sooke Fall Fair is fast approaching. This year is honouring
"The Family Farm".

Entry cutoff date for this year's fair is September 5. 

catalogue and entry forms can be found online here.

Check out the Great Sookeini Race workshop at the Fall Fair Flea Market, Saturday August 30, between 10-2 and then be sure to enter for the official race that takes place at the Fair on Saturday, September 6 at 3pm. Entry fee for the official race is a $1.
Submitted by Ellen Lewers
August/September Events

  Herb Harvest at SRG
Tomorrow; Wednesday August 20, 1:30-3:30 pm
Herb Garden at SRG (2380 Phillips Rd) 

Free & fun- bring your clippers!
Who wants some herbs to take home and dry for summer delights, your own salad dressings or teas, or to dry and stash away for winter stews and soups?  We have lots of herbs to harvest to share with others including our volunteers. 

If you haven’t been to the gardens for a while come join us for a sit down easy pick. If you don’t have a place to hang herbs, we can use the orchard apple shack; a dry, airy space perfect to cure herbs and enjoy a cup of herbal tea. 

  Food Art Apple Fest
Sunday September 28, 1-5 pm
pple Shack Learning Centre, Community Orchard at SRG
 An orchard fundraiser sponsored by Sooke Food CHI

* Food art exhibition and sale  * Food vendors – local produce * Pie auction *Appleloosa games & music
Admission by donation or home baked pie

Volunteers for the event welcome! 
Contact Phoebe at 250-642-4342/ 

Interested in participating in the art exhibition? 
Check out the registration info and form here
Registration forms must be received by end of day on September 22.
Summer News & Updates

   Value Our Food 
Food CHI’s Value our Food campaign has been a year-long initiative to promote local food. The campaign includes workshops, updated web pages, information booths, print ads and video vignettes. The short vignettes tell the story behind the people who provide us with fresh produce, sea harvests, free-range chickens and eggs, honey and more.  The video series, created by videographer Kay Lovett, introduce local food producers, their specialties, products and stories. More vignettes are more planned for the future. 
“I would like to thank our funding sponsors and the many people who contributed to this campaign – Erica Rolston, Kay Lovett, Britton Jacob-Schram, Mara Morrison, Fiona Morgan, Zach Ogilvie and Mary Alice Johnson. Their diversity of skills enabled us to have a broader reach throughout the campaign’s development and implementation,” says Anita Wasiuta, who led the team.

Visit our  new webpage and meet our local food producers. Drop by the Sooke Food CHI’s booth at the Sooke Fall Fair and local markets throughout September. 
  Grow A Row 
We're off to a great start, thanks to the generous funding and continued support provided by the District of Sooke. We were able to start up earlier this season with seeds generously donated from Westcoast Seeds.  None of this would be happening without our amazing volunteers! The people who come to lend a hand all help SO MUCH towards our success. The really incredible thing is that we have fun doing it! New volunteers always welcome anytime of year. Right now for our big harvests we meet Wednesdays 9-12 noon, and 1-4pm, Thursday 7-9 am, Sunday 1-4 pm. No previous experience required and it is a really good way to learn more about year round growing and give to your community. - Paula
  Communities In Bloom
The Communities In Bloom Lunch on July 23rd, provided a stage for showcasing  local resources supplied from Sun River Gardens, Silver Cloud Farm, Glyse Clarkston's Farm, with donations from Anne Boquist and Phoebe Dunbar. The harvest brought in peas, carrots, beets, kale, tomatoes, zucchini, onions, fresh herbs, salad greens, strawberries and blueberries for the menu that served about 85 people.  To gather local produce is great. Our guests enjoyed the setting of tables with white linen tablecloths in the Sun River Gardens, fresh flowers on the table (Bonnie Jones and Ellen Bergerud), eating BBQ Wild Salmon (Maywell and Mel), Quiche, Smoked Salmon Flatbread (Emily and Mara), Salads, Dessert; chatting and enjoying this festive occasion!  Thanks to all the volunteers- you were terrific!- Submitted by Pia Carroll
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