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Fri. May 1

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Breakwater Books (Alberni St. at Marine)

Robin Wheeler – Food Security Workshop

Hour One – Personal food security. In this hour we’ll look at the ins and outs of stocking up and buying on a budget, learn about our local food supply, and figure out natural food cycles.
Hour Two – Creating Community. How to create a local network for exchanging information, borrowing equipment, or working as a group. We will consider our resistance to sharing, and play with a mapping system that could help us create connections for our mutual benefit.

Cost: $5.00

Sat. May 2

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Location to be determined; contact David for details)

Robin Wheeler – Edible Landscape Workshop

We’ll analyze the strengths and drawbacks of our properties, get tips for using space well, learn how to “microclimate” a space, discover appropriate plants for the best place, and begin a garden map of our own and a list of where to start.

Cost: $20.00 (Space is limited; contact David to reserve a spot)

11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at the Four Square Church (Manson Ave. at Barnet St.)

From Garden to Pantry… or In a Pickle

Will & Nicole of Skeena Street in Wildwood will demonstrate preserving fruits and vegetables in jars. Session includes some hands-on as well as a tasting session and take-away recipes.

Cost: $5.00 (Space is limited; contact David to reserve a spot)

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM at the Four Square Church (Manson Ave. at Barnet St.)

Basics of Pressure Canning with Peggy Fedor

Local experienced canner Peggy Fedor will teach about pressure canning meats and fish, soups, beans, and other low-acid foods.

Cost: $5.00 (Space is limited; contact David to reserve a spot)

3:00 PM to 4:30 PM at the Powell River Public Library (Michigan Ave. at Duncan)

Robin Wheeler – Analyzing Barriers to Local Food Security

Robin will talk about our potential for expanding food security, describe ideas from other communities, and then will facilitate a discussion on making progress.

Free, thanks to the Powell River Public Library

Sun. May 3

9:00 AM to 12:00 noon (meet @ the Community Resource Centre, Joyce & Alberni)

Brian Lee – Wild Plant Walk

Join local ‘Bush Man’ Brian Lee on a walk through the woods to see what sort of wild edibles are available at this time of year.

Cost: $15.00

All workshops are on a sliding scale for low-income, underemployed, etc.

For more information, contact David Parkinson at (604) 485-2004 or at

Thank you to our friends and supporters at Breakwater Books, the Four Square Church, and the Powell River Public Library!

[Cross-posted from Slow Coast]

Those interested in local food security and developing a more resilient local food economy might want to head over to Slow Coast, the new collaborative online source for news and opinion on the Upper Sunshine Coast and environs. The post takes a look at some of the elements of a resilient system, using a local food economy as a source of some examples. I plan to dive into the details in future posts.