The greenhouse at Lakeside Park was all abuzz this afternoon as Seniors Economic Environment Development (SEEDS) held a warm and delicious gala luncheon this afternoon.
The annual luncheon gave tribute to the beginning of a third year for SEEDS. Members, volunteers, partners and donors gathered together for the organic lunch, many of the ingredients come from their summer and fall harvest.
Two soups, black bean and Russian borscht, and a kale salad made by Soups in Season were on the menu, as was an assortment of bread from Uphill Breads, assorted goodies donated from the Au Soileil Levant bakery, locally made Kombucha tea and organic fruit. A lavender lemon cake wooed the guests.
Surrounded by a fall planting of winter greens such as spinach and kale, society co-ordinator Lee Reid, welcomed guests with a blessing and invited discussion surrounding sustainable and secure food production.
SEEDS volunteer Tamara Abramson told the Star, “We show our gratitude and appreciation of one another for the support and involvement of many in our community in helping SEEDS become a leader and role model in local, organic and nutritional food production all year round.”
SEEDS mission is to deliver food sovereignty education, agriculture-related employment skills, and economic benefit to Nelson and District, with inter-generational programs that bring elders, children and youth together. And to practice and teach environmental stewardship and sustainability.
Abramson said that at this time SEEDS does not receive any on-going funding.
“Membership fees, grants, and fundraising efforts help to operate and help to build our capacity in the community,” she said.
More members and volunteers are always welcome (you don’t need to be a senior) as they move into their winter programming with local schools and growing winter produce for societies such as the Nelson Food Cupboard and Our Daily Bread.
For more information, visit seedsnelson.org.