The Nechako Healthy Community Alliance hosted its 2018 Annual General Meeting on January 21, 2018 and member groups provided reports on their 2017 activities and plans for 2018.
Nechako Valley Food Network
With a mission of promoting the growth and distribution of local agricultural products in the Nechako Valley and educating and aiding individuals to grow and eat their own produce in an environmentally sound way, this group was busy in 2017.
Seedy Saturday February 17
Look for their 3rd Annual Seedy Saturday on February 17 at the Vanderhoof Public Library. This is a free seed exchange. If you save seeds and would like to take part in this event gather your seeds and divide them into labelled packets.
Vanderhoof Community Garden
A Nechako Valley Food Network initiative, the Vanderhoof Community Garden gets better every year! With a new archway entrance, an expanded garden area, a large cedar table and benches donated by Dean and Terry Lorman the Vanderhoof, BC Community Garden is a fantastic resource for the community.
Completion of the entrance area is scheduled for 2018.
Before and After
A dedicated group of volunteers and donations, in-kind labour and financial support took the View Street site from an empty field into a community gem in 4 years!
Used by School District #91 Farm to School Program and with new raised garden beds and potato boxes coming from Nechako Valley Secondary School in 2018 the garden not only provides a healthy activity, nutritious produce but educational opportunities as well.
Food Preserving Workshop
Volunteer Michelle Roberge of Bioscape Farm hosted a free Food Preserving Workshop in September which received rave reviews from attendees who learned how to can food.
We had 12 enthusiastic learners/canner at the workshop that worked together to produce some beautiful preserves from food sourced locally from Borno Farms, Felicity Farm, Steve Hutchison and Bioscape Farm.