10th Annual Nettlefest Community Potluck Celebration

Come together to celebrate the return of Spring as we gather as a community for the 10th annual Nettlefest Potluck. (Yes - we've been celebrating Nettles for ten years!!!!) It’s all about gathering with friends and neighbours, sharing some wonderful food, and enjoying the entertainment of some amazingly-talented locals. Join us, and bring something to share with others.

(Kitchen volunteers needed. Join us to make the Nettle Soup and Nettle Bread for the evening potluck.)

5:30pm, Sunday April 2nd, South Galiano Community Hall

Community Greenhouse

The Community Greenhouse is located at the Galiano Community School and represents an ongoing growing opportunity. It also hosts the Spring Starts Project for gardeners wishing to get an early start on the growing year.

Community Kitchens

Community Kitchens meet once a month over the winter months. It’s a great way to meet new people, learn new kitchen skills, enjoy a nice dinner and get some food ready made for home. Costs are based on a sliding scale, and cover the cost of the food.

Community-Building Events

One of the main goals of the Food program is to build community through food.
Following is a list of the events hosted by the Food program that would fit under this heading:
Nettle Fest – 2008 March 2008
Nettle Fest – 2009 April, 2008
Cooking on a Budget May, 2008
May Day May, 2008
Seniors’ Gathering September, 2008
Christmas Dinner, 2008 December 25th, 2008
Brunch with a Purpose June, 2009
Community Harvest Pot Luck October, 2009
Community Christmas Dinner 2009 December 2009
Consultation Tea – Introduction of the Food Program to the community as a whole March, 2008

Food Forever

Funded by the New Horizons for Seniors program (Government of Canada), this project aiming to forge links and promote information/skills/knowledge sharing between seniors and the children of Galiano.

It is a four-fold project that comprises:

Growing Food

The food program organizes several community garden spaces on Galiano Island each year.

In 2012, we will be involved in the following projects:


A fun celebration of local wild abundance.

Public Relations, Publicity and Fundraising

Our public relations and publicity efforts are ongoing and we constantly strive to develop links between the members of our community, as well as with off-island groups and individuals. Here is a summary of what has been accomplished so far...

School Projects

The Food Program maintains the Community School Garden: Food program coordinators and community volunteers work with the school kids, teaching them about gardening, ecology and how to grow food. We also involve the kids in tastings, sometimes cooking on the picnic table what they have just picked. The Food Program also works with the school on a number of projects, such as Applefest and the Fruit tree project.

Seasonal Gleaning

Yearly, land owners on Galiano find that their fruit trees produce far more than they can use. In many cases, this bounty falls to the ground. But thanks to the Food Program's Gleaning Project, owners can take part in a program where they get volunteer labour to collect their fruit. A share of the bounty goes to the land owner, and the rest goes to the people who pick the fruit and to the Food Bank and the Food Program itself, for community kitchens and other redistribution efforts.

Seed Library of Galiano

The Seed Library of Galiano aims to increase local food security by loaning locally adapted organic seeds to Galiano growers and to maintain a stock of viable seed. Launched in February 2016 SLOG has a Seed Inventory from which members can borrow seed, grow food, harvest seed and return seed in the fall during one of the "check-in" parties (schedule to be announced). Thanks to Dan Jason for providing us with a library "starting kit", and to the Bauta Initiative for providing a grant for library supplies.

Soup for Seniors

This ongoing project works to connect seniors who appreciate an extra special meal or two in reserve, with volunteers who make the soup, and farmers with extra produce. This is essentially a service with a broad sliding scale from those who gratefully pay to those who cannot. Anyone wishing to be part of this process is encouraged to email us or call. Cooks, drivers and enthusiastic participants needed!

Workshops and Speakers Series

The Food Program hosts workshops on topics of interest to the island's food community. Topics are wide ranging and have included: Cheese Making, Garden Troubleshooting, Jam Making, Fermentation, Plant Propagation, Planting Fruit Trees, Making Pickles, Bread Making, Smoking Salmon and many more. If you wish to register for any of these workshops, please contact us through this site, call 250-539-2175 option 2, or e-mail us at