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F2FB First Steps Food Preservation

Join us as we “put food by” that has been gleaned as part of the Farm 2 Food Bank initiative.

Tuesday’s subject of preserving is a surprise. Whatever Kayla brings us though, will be dealt with!!! 😉 We still have frozen roasted peppers to make into jelly too.

We are there from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Please come anytime during those hours. We usually have a number of people in the morning, but find that by 1:00pm we are down to a skeleton crew. Having fresh people come in around 1:00 or 2:00 would really help finish the job and get the cleaning done in a timely manner.

Park on the south side of the building where it is marked “visitor”, then go up the stairs on the east side of the building, through the main doors, and downstairs to the left where you will find the kitchen, and us.

PLEASE RSVP – this will give us an idea as to the amount of produce Kayla can drop off for us.

If you need to contact us, please call or text my cell (Saskatcehwan #) 306-313-0664.

Bring your favorite knives, energy, and smiles!

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F2FB First Steps Food Preservation

Join us as we “put food by” that has been gleaned as part of the Farm 2 Food Bank initiative.

Tuesday’s subject of preserving is a surprise. Whatever Kayla brings us though, will be dealt with!!! 😉 We still have frozen roasted peppers to make into jelly too.

We are there from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Please come anytime during those hours. We usually have a number of people in the morning, but find that by 1:00pm we are down to a skeleton crew. Having fresh people come in around 1:00 or 2:00 would really help finish the job and get the cleaning done in a timely manner.

Park on the south side of the building where it is marked “visitor”, then go up the stairs on the east side of the building, through the main doors, and downstairs to the left where you will find the kitchen, and us.

PLEASE RSVP – this will give us an idea as to the amount of produce Kayla can drop off for us.

If you need to contact us, please call or text my cell (Saskatcehwan #) 306-313-0664.

Bring your favorite knives, energy, and smiles!

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F2FB First Steps Food Preservation

Join us as we “put food by” that has been gleaned as part of the Farm 2 Food Bank initiative.

Tuesday’s subject of preserving is a surprise. Whatever Kayla brings us though, will be dealt with!!! 😉 We still have frozen roasted peppers to make into jelly too.

We are there from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Please come anytime during those hours. We usually have a number of people in the morning, but find that by 1:00pm we are down to a skeleton crew. Having fresh people come in around 1:00 or 2:00 would really help finish the job and get the cleaning done in a timely manner.

Park on the south side of the building where it is marked “visitor”, then go up the stairs on the east side of the building, through the main doors, and downstairs to the left where you will find the kitchen, and us.

PLEASE RSVP – this will give us an idea as to the amount of produce Kayla can drop off for us.

If you need to contact us, please call or text my cell (Saskatchewan #) 306-313-0664.

Bring your favorite knives, energy, and smiles!

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Come enjoy a day at the park, and Rally for the Valley with us on September 12!

The PIPE UP Network (www.pipe-up.net) and Sierra Club, BC (http://sierraclub.bc.ca/) are hosting a day of fun with the theme: “Empowering a Sustainable Future.”

The event will begin with an opening song and drumming by Eddie Gardner, followed by a welcome to unceded territory of the Sto:lo Nations by Grand Chief Clarence Pennier.

Larissa Stendie from Sierra Club BC is the MC for the day and
our key note speaker is Ben West from Tanker Free BC.

Then we will have a panel open to questions from the audience on how we can create a more sustainable future.

The Panel will consist of:

Gwen Barlee – Policy Director at Wilderness Committee
David Scott – Salmon Biologist from Raincoast Conservation Foundation
Eddie Gardner – Fraser Valley Farmed Atlantic Salmon Boycott
Justine Nelson – PIPE UP Network

We will finish off the afternoon with some great musical talent:
Luke Wallace – http://www.lukewallacemusic.com/
Grace Under Pressure – http://www.gupmusic.com/

Through out the day you can browse information/activity tables, set up a picnic blanket and relax, or bring your kids to the kids activity table!

This is an open event, so bring your friends, family, children, pets, neighbors, and acquaintances!
Lets start a conversation about how we can empower a more sustainable future for this generation and those to come.

Participating organizations:
Water Wealth – http://www.waterwealthproject.com/team
Fraser Valley Permaculture Guild – https://www.facebook.com/groups/fraservalleypermacultureguild/
Raincoast Conservation Foundation – http://www.raincoast.org/
Farm to Food Banks – http://farmtofoodbank.com/
Wilderness Committee – https://www.wildernesscommittee.org/
Tanker Free BC – http://www.tankerfreebc.ca/
Council of Canadians – http://canadians.org/
Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group – http://kpirg.ca/

For more information or to find out how you or your organization can participate contact Justine Nelson @ 604 773 2416

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We are supporting Habitat for Humanity‘s newest home in Abbotsford by designing and assisting with installation of a new landscape for a local mom and her family.

We’re using natural and sustainable design elements in this super custom design, which will include natural play areas, a garden, as well as a lawn–with all of your happy hands, we will make this super awesome!!

Please bring!
Shovels, rakes, spades, pitchforks, etc
Wheelbarrows
Rollers
Plants (drought resistant, low maintenance, site has full shade, full sun, and everything in between)
Gloves, water, boots, work clothes

This event is drop-in style, so feel free to come any time. Beverages and lunch will be provided for all volunteers!

Schedule:
8am – Sign in!
8:30+ Pick rocks!
9:30+ Move soil, rake, and level
10:30+ Move gravel, rake, and level
11:30+ Begin planting
12-1 – Lunch! And group photo!
1+ Move mulch, rake, and level
2+ Cleanup, final touches
4 – Close up shop, final pictures!

Kids are always welcome, but please leave your pets at home, unless they are of service to you. As with all of our events, everyone is welcome to join, so please spread the word!

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Exemple

Farm to Food Bank started in 2013, a partnership between Abbotsford Food Bank, dragonlily gardens, and Valley Permaculture Guild, as an initiative to address the lack of healthy food access by families who attended the food bank, which services 3000 people a month, 1300 of whom are children. Instead of starting new agricultural initiatives that would be heavily grant-dependent, our team chose to utilize resources that already exist in the Fraser Valley, choosing to partner with local farms, local organizations, and local volunteer groups. Together, this Team has seen formidable impact on food security across the Fraser Valley, adding new cities every year to F2FB, through our Farm, Community, and Receiving Partners, saving local community service organizations upwards of $50,000 annually in purchasing costs.  We are a non-profit organization run by volunteers.

Money generiously donated to this program would be used to cover the cost of gas for our team leaders, purchase scales, canning jars and other supplies to help make this program more successful and improve access to healthy, nutritous food throughout the year.

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Farm 2 Food Bank

Thank you Shaw TV for creating this segment on our program, Farm 2 Food Bank.

Did you know that much of the produce from our local farms gets wasted because it doesn’t pass a beauty test? Well, not anymore thanks to a group of concerned residents who are making sure that perfectly good food is getting to the people who need it.

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June’s Monthly Gathering

Please check back on the details. If you are a VPG member interested in hosting a monthly gathering, please email us at hello@valleypermacultureguild.com to let us know the details.

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Back-to-Basics-101Back to Basics 101 – Cob Oven

We are so excited to have this opportunity to do a natural build Cob Oven with The Dreamweavers Collective in the Fraser Valley (Chilliwack). This is a 2 day workshop on May 9th + 10th 10am-4pm and has limited number of spots.

If you would like to register online please click on this link Eventbrite.

If you have any questions please send them to hello@valleypermacultureguild.com 

 

 

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