A brand-new garden in Revelstoke is aimed at ensuring all community members have access to fresh produce each week. The Food Bank Garden will provide fresh food for the Community Connections food bank.
Here’s what Community Connections had to say about the garden;
Community Connections (Revelstoke) Society (CC) has received funding to start up a garden which will feed our community’s vulnerable citizens.
This opportunity comes after CC has begun a major campaign towards providing healthy food at our Food Bank.
“There is a direct correlation with food insecurity and the increase of chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. Healthy food leads to healthy bodies and we want to ensure our food bank members have access to safe, nutritious fresh food to nourish themselves and their families,” said Jenna Fraser, community food outreach coordinator.
The new Food Bank garden, led by garden manager Bryce Borlick will aim to produce enough vegetables so that CC’s Food Bank can provide fresh food each week. Bryce is no stranger to growing food for the Food Bank, as he managed the Local Food Initiative’s downtown garden last year and donated over 300 lbs of fresh food to the Food Bank. Bryce is motivated to take on this project to help people with financial disadvantages to access healthy food, while also seeing local land utilized to sustainably grow food.
The garden is being hosted at local wood manufacturer Take to Heart’s mill site on Westside Road owned by the Starling family. The project will utilize creative garden spaces that the Starlings had previously constructed, in addition to a large, new garden plot.
The Starling family has previously contributed a large quantity of fresh vegetables from their personal garden to the Food Bank. Keith Starling expresses that this project is important to him and says “this is a great opportunity for Food Bank members to have good, fresh healthy food”, which makes him happy. Keith shares that his family is looking forward to seeing this project become a start for something much greater down the road.
What you can do to help? CC is looking for volunteers of all ages to lend a hand in the garden over the summer months. If you are interested in helping, please call Jenna Fraser at CC (250-837-2920). You can also help right in your own backyard by growing extra veggies to donate to the food bank! Or if you find that you have planted too much of something, CC will gladly accept the harvests. Local businesses are also encouraged to help out in the garden either through team-building volunteer work at the garden or by sponsoring a row or a specific vegetable at the garden.
In addition to fresh food donations, we would like to encourage our community members who wish to donate food to our Food Bank to consider healthy food options including: canned vegetables and fruit with low sodium and no sugar added, brown rice, whole grains, canned fish, nut butters, and generally items with less than five ingredients.
Community Connections can receive both perishable and non-perishable donations Monday to Thursday 8:30-4:30 p.m. and Fridays 8:30-12:30 p.m. at our main office (314- Second Street E).
Community Connections wishes to thank the +FRESH grant (Food Banks Canada with the Compass Group Canada and Bayer Inc.) and West Coast Seeds for supporting this project.