Meals Safety Initiative Encourages Sooke Residents to Develop Meals at House – Victoria Information

A food security initiative in Greater Victoria extends its reach to Sooke.

The program called My FED Farm, launched by the Food Eco District, aims to help people affected by COVID-19 grow food in their own garden.

Stephen Hindrichs from Sooke is working with Sooke Region Food CHI, Transition Sooke and the Sooke Garden Club to help get things started in Sooke.

Hindrichs has been focusing on implementing food security strategies in Sooke for several months and only recently learned what the FED was doing in Victoria.

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“When I found out about FED, I thought, ‘Wow, that’s exactly what we want to do here and they already have the program up and running.’ So I reached out to them and talked to them about how we could work together, ”said Hindrichs.

“A lot of people are struggling to get their food off the board right now or having trouble getting healthy food, so this will help.”

When residents of the Greater Victoria area affected by COVID-19 sign up for the program, they will receive a free “gardening package”. The packages include between two and five round planters, soil, three starter plants, seeds, delivery of the materials, an initial consultation as well as access to the program’s web series and the # MyFEDFarm chat room.

Hindrichs said things will be a little different in Sooke as they plan to source most of their supplies such as seeds and soil from local donors. He added that many people in Sooke have quite a bit of land and plan to add four by four foot raised beds to their package if necessary.

“That’s something people can do at home with their children,” said Hindrichs. “And it can help people who are interested in growing food at home but don’t know where or how to start getting started. That gives them a little more self-confidence. “

Amid the pandemic, many people may feel isolated, stressed, and concerned so gardening can help keep their minds occupied.

“It’s not just about stuffing food into our stomachs,” said Hindrichs. “I think a lot of people have emotional problems with what is going on, and gardening can be incredibly good therapy.”

Even without the pandemic, growing food locally is crucial for a strong community, said Hindrichs.

“I think we are slowly realizing that our system is quite fragile. All it takes is a disruption, be it a pandemic, an earthquake or an economic collapse, and suddenly ‘Where’s the food?’ “Said Hindrichs, noting that he can be less dependent on electricity thanks to his self-sufficiency System.

“Local food production creates a resilient community. Eating is so important because we ultimately have to eat. “

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The FED said on its website that its goal with the initiative is to provide 500 households with food gardens.

“At the beginning of the growing season, we want to support families and laid-off workers by offering start-up food gardens at home with simple and affordable materials,” says the FED website. “While the island’s food supply chain has not been impacted by COVID-19, the mass layoffs will be more challenging in the months ahead.”

Based in downtown Victoria, the FED hopes to one day create a neighborhood as recognizable as Chinatown, but with a focus on urban green spaces. It hopes to increase food awareness and safety, community engagement, support local businesses, and step up climate protection on Vancouver Island.

“We are building great spaces that are used as educational centers for food security and sustainability,” said the FED. “We are very cooperative and believe that we can achieve more together than alone.”

Anyone who would like to receive a grow kit, volunteer or donate can register on the Food Eco District website at www.get-fed.ca.

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