Some important things coming up - sign up for the 2019 Community Gardens, our annual worker bee day to get the yard work done and the 2019 Community Tax Program is about to start.
Using the last few peppers and onions from the garden in order to make salsa verde to hand out to our clients as part of the client choice system we have.
So, what is the client choice system? There are items that aren't included in every hamper we give out either due to allergies (peanut butter) or scarcity so they are something clients can choose to take but are not automatically included. We use a system of colored tags, with families being able to choose a number of tags based on their size
One our white shelves are peanut butter and canned beans with a third item that varies from day to day. Clients can take one thing from each shelf.
The pink tags are relatively common items that we still don't have enough to put into every hamper - toilet paper, tea, sugar etc.
The green tags are items that are harder for us to come by - coffee, laundry soap, cheese whiz etc.
The yellow tags are a few items parceled together to make a dish - chili (chili powder, kidney beans, canned tomatoes), corn chowder (cream corn, broth, corn niblets) etc.
These are all in addition to the food hamper the client receives.
Short but sweet update this week!
Once again it's time for our annual Open House event!! Tours, information kiosks, free corn boil, face painting, hay rides, fundraising BBQ. September 23 from Noon-5pm!
Apologies for the lack of update last week but I was on vacation last Friday!! Never fear though, things are still moving along here at Greener Village.
Every month from September until June we provide lunch snacks for kids ages 5-14, about 700 children. The snack packs are pretty basic - juice boxes, pudding cups/fruit cups and granola bars but we make sure everything is peanut free. All of which needs to be portioned out and bagged up each week.
We're slowly coming to the end of the growing season but we still have tomatoes, carrots and loads of hot peppers (for some reason they did exceptionally well this year). We love seeing the looks on the clients faces when we have produce that was literally still growing that morning for them.
Fredericton Food Rescue went out gleaning today and brought us some of their items. The program usually gives 1/3 of the harvested items to the farmer, 1/3 to us at Greener Village and 1/3 to the volunteers. This is generally produce remaining after the main harvest that would otherwise be wasted.
An amazing donation of bread through the NBAFB. Normally we have day old items and similar but this is fresh 12 grain bread with a date of September 27th! The picture doesn't do it justice as we received 960 loaves of it!!
On top of growing edible produce for our clients and our kitchen we also make sure to plant a number of various flowers and plants for our bee and butterfly friends. Having a variety of plants for our pollinators helps the entire system to produce more.
A huge thank you to York Dental and Midtown Dental for their generous donation!!
Twice a month we host a Collective Kitchen where a group of 5-7 people get together, cook a bunch of food and then everyone goes home with eight portions of the dishes ready for freezing or eating!
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After 15 years of service our cargo van was on its last legs. Thanks to a grant through Food Banks Canada and the Walmart Foundation along with the great people at Trius Truck Center we now have this 2018 vehicle!
It was very exciting to be able to host the Maritime Gospel Music Association as they held a benefit concert here on our beautiful property. The backdrop of a thriving community garden was a great place to listen to some music and enjoy a pizza from our wood-fired oven.
We've posted our August classes before, but since we are now officially into August, it felt right to post them again. All our classes are open to the general community. If you see something you'd like to learn, don't hesitate to contact us.
Also, our Meals Made Simple program, which is an extension of our Learning Kitchen, is continuing to be developed. We are standardizing our recipes and will soon be working on the cost associated portion of the program. Come in for a tour to find out more about the program or if you have some free time to devote to it we'd love to chat with you! Keep an eye out for recipes we will be posting on our recipes section of this web page.
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In the month of July we reached out to individuals, businesses and government groups to talk to them about the challenges Food Banks face in the summer months. Demand doesn't dip nearly as much as the support level does when people go away on holiday. We asked that they bring some Christmas spirit to the month of July. We received some instant response from individuals and now that July is over, some of the business and government groups are bringing in their food drive results.
On the left are some representatives from Department of Finance who not only did a food drive, but also brought in cash to help us out. Thanks for your great work!
On the right are Maggie and Morgan from Enbridge Gas NB. The folks at Enbridge Gas NB challenged their employees to bring in food items by promising to match every $5 worth of food with a $10 donation from the company. Great work, Enbridge Gas NB.
Large or small, every bit of support is appreciated as we seek to help. We are very grateful for all the members of the community as we wouldn't be able to do our work without you! If you would still like to give to our Christmas in July campaign, feel free to come in to visit us or click the donate button on this webpage!
We love the time of year when our gardens start to move from early leafy greens to a wider variety of crops. Onions and radishes are coming in, we've harvested some green peppers already (Cubanelle, not hot ones) and there's more to come!
We're also happy to accept donations of produce from local farmers and gardeners. If your tomatoes or zucchini are producing way more than you though they would (those two seem to be the main culprit) we're happy to distribute them to our clients!!
Coming up in August we're hosting the 1st Annual Greener Village Pig Roast as a fundraising event!
August 18th from 4pm until 8pm.
Under 5 for free.
Dinner includes - roast pig, corn bread, corn on the cob, salads, dessert and a drink.
Limited tickets go on sale Monday at Greener Village!!
Meat is one of the hardest items we have to provide for our client. Huge thank you to Mike's Tree Service for this amazing donation of meat!! The people and business of Fredericton are truly great and we could not do what we do without the support!!
We've been getting some leafy greens from our gardens for the last few weeks and now we're getting peppers!! These ones are sweet peppers but we do have hot peppers as well (a number of our clients like them) and next week Yves plans to smoke and dry some to grind up into our super popular chili powder.
The gardens are going strong and with the rain that we've had and the sun that's coming things should start shooting up even more. This week we had some kale, some chard and some lettuce for our clients to select from.
On the 4th Tuesday (evening) and Thursday (afternoon) of each month we are happy to put on a collective kitchen. Members of the community come together to cook (and clean up) and everyone goes home with eight portions of homemade food. This month included this colorful (and tasty) pico.
Many people don't know that we take pet food as well. For many people pets are their companions and their families and far too often people will go without in order to provide food for their dog or cat.
These are the items that we received as part of the After The Bell program. This is a first for New Brunswick and we're happy to be able to take part in it.
Summer hunger is a very real issue. Most children look forward to summer vacation as a time for fun and rest, but for those living with food insecurity, it can be a time of worry. After the Bell helps fill the gap during the summer months with nutritious food packs for hungry kids," says Chris Hatch, CEO of Food Banks Canada.
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