The recent storm dealt a severe blow to the SEEDS greenhouse

SEEDS picks up after the storm

During the devastating storm June 29, a large tree came crashing through the greenhouse and brought SEEDS’ donation program to a standstill.

The World Food Summit of 1996 defined food security as existing “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life.”

Food security also means that the people who produce our food are able to earn a decent, living wage growing, catching, producing, processing, transporting, retailing, and serving food.

At the core of food security is access to healthy food and optimal nutrition for all. Food access is closely linked to food supply, so food security is dependent on a healthy and sustainable food system.

Since 2012 a local non-profit organization, SEEDS, has been contributing to the creation of a food secure Nelson.

“We grow healthy food and contribute to food security in Nelson through educational programs, donating harvests to emergency food relief services and by participating in and bringing awareness to needed food system policy change,” says executive director Eva Hernandez.

Up until last month, SEEDS has been growing food for their donation program in the city owned greenhouse at Lakeside Park.

During the devastating storm June 29, a large tree came crashing through the greenhouse and brought SEEDS’ donation program to a standstill.

While they have been able to resume a smaller operation in the outdoor garden space at the park which they created last year, the volumes have been significantly decreased.

Jim Parr, vice-chair of the SEEDS board reports “harvests have been small and we have donated all that we have, last week I brought about three pounds of chard to Our Daily Bread whereas before the storm, it would have been closer to 20 pounds shared out to a variety of organizations.”

While the donation program has slowed, SEEDS has found another way to support food production in Nelson.

They will coordinate the fifth annual Edible Food Garden Tour Sunday, Aug. 30 in cooperation with the EcoSociety, IHA and Nelson Food Cupboard.

The Edible Garden Tour invites gardeners to share their tips, tricks, and gardens with neighbours and community members. It’s a delightful way to spend a day in the garden. More information will be available over the coming weeks.

To stay updated on SEEDS, their work in Nelson and the Edible Garden Tour, visit seedsnelson.org or facebook.com/seedsnelson.

 

 

Just Posted

Downtown Automotive awarded for hiring practices

The annual award is handed out by the Kootenay Career Development Society

Castlegar, Grand Forks areas to see cleaner winter roads under new contract

YRB set to take over 10-year maintenance contract on Monday

VIDEO: Nelson Tennis Club’s new home opens

The revitalized courts above LVR had their grand opening Saturday

Purcell withdraws from Nelson council election

First-time candidate Heather Keczan has also withdrawn

U.S. Court upholds Teck pollution ruling

Teck appealed a previous decision that it must pay $8.25 million in Colville Confederated Tribes’ court costs

VIDEO: Rare close encounter with whale pod spotted off B.C. waters

Pod of southern resident orca whales breach within arms length of whale watchers

Veterans Affairs ordered to take second look before supporting vets’ relatives

Liberal government ordered officials to adopt a more critical eye

Dead B.C. motorcyclist was member of group that raced down mountain road

Some group members record their rides on Strathcona Parkway and post times to page

Indigenous athletes in spotlight at BC Sports Hall of Fame

New gallery to feature Carey Price, Kaila Mussel and Richard Peter

B.C. couple who went missing on flight from Edmonton named by family

Family released a statement Wednesday saying they’re still intent on finding the two-seater plane

VIDEO: A close look at what you were breathing during the B.C. wildfire season

Electron microscope images show soot and tar particles generated by worst B.C. fire season

B.C. woman donates $250,000 to ovarian cancer research for friends

Two of Patty Pitts’s friends passed away from the disease within a year

B.C. could provide clues as to how New Brunswick electoral results shake out

Premier Christy Clark faced a strikingly similar scenario following the province’s 2017 election

Ottawa working to iron out kinks in public alert system

The alerts are being credit with saving lives during last week’s tornadoes

Most Read