The Good Food Network
Has partnered with the Capital Regional District and Le Coteau Nursery to
distribute 150 fruit and nut trees and shrubs across the Capital Region in celebration of
Canada's 150th Birthday
Distribution Has begun!
150 Fruit and Nut Trees and bushes donated by Le Coteau Nursery are being distributed to community groups in the CRD in celebration of Canada's 150 birthday. These community groups will transport, plant, tend, harvest and distribute the bounty. Congratulations!!
Capital City Allotment Association
City of Colwood
CVL Victoria Association for Community Living
East Sooke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department
Edward Milne Community School
The Farmlands Trust (Greater Victoria) Society
Gorge Park Community Gardens
James Bay Neighbourhood Association
Maria Montessori Academy
District of North Saanich
Quadra Cedar Hill Community Association
Saturna Island Parks & Recreation
Sherringham Polint Lighthouse Preservation Society
South Island Distance Education School Teaching Garden
Project Township of Esquimalt
University of Victoria Community Garden
Victoria High School
Victoria Native Friendship Centre
Victoria West Community Association
WestShore Centre for Learning Colwood Campus
Yates Street Community Garden
The project was a collaboration between CRFAIR and the CRD. Our thanks to Rob at Le Coteau for the inspiration and donations.
Fruit Trees to First Nations
The CRD purchased over 50 more fruit trees and berry bushes to enable the 150 Trees project to fill the request from all 5 First Nations communities who applied. This report shares what was received and the food and agricultural initiatives of the First Nations.
Elmer received apple cherry and plum trees and the tay berry, logan berry and blue berry bushes and which were planted in a few spots around the community including next to the Tsawout administration building. Tsawout has a large greenhouse with lots of potential that once operated as a native plant nursery.*
* Tsawout has a number of other apples trees in its community including some heritage varieties. TIXEN, the sand spit by the ocean is still used for gathering plants and other food sources.
Received 2 pear, 2 apples, 2 plums and 5 blueberries. The Native plant nursery is blooming with yarrow, KEXMIN, salmon berries, Garry oaks and much more. The nursery is an education centre for children and the community and also provides plants to the restoration sites in the region.
Tsartlip had an amazing planting day with their after school group. they planted 15 blueberries and 4 apples trees inside fenced off area for a vegetable garden with plans to start growing native plants near the health centre. Tsartlip also has a backyard growing program with a number of gardens in the community. They have also been leading Native plant workshops such as tea harvesting and food preparation for the community members.
Upon delivery of the trees and berry bushes, 6 boxes for the trees were built and filled with soil and compost to provide a mini orchard along the back fence. There is a large garden space with plant starts that are to be sold at a local agriculture fair. Denise and Christine both work in the garden part time and grow flowers, vegetables and native plants. Denise also saves seeds for use in the garden and with the community. T’Sou-ke also have three very large greenhouses to produce Wasabi for commercial use. Additionally, T’Sou-ke have an oyster farm in Sooke basin and are leading workshops in their community to connect back to their traditional food sources.
Every Wednesday, Pacheedaht has a community lunch in their health building. The hazelnut and plum trees will be planted just outside of their community garden. Deer aren’t a concern at Pacheedaht but Elk can be! Inside their community garden is a Native plant trail with signs that provide information on some of the native plants that would be found in the area and how to identify them. They had two greenhouses that unfortunately were blown over in one windstorm. The next greenhouse will need to have a stronger foundation to resist the frequent strong winds.