A big thank you to the folks from Social Development who came out today for their Policy Branch volunteer day. They put in a bunch of work in the boutique, gardens and warehouse and we're deeply appreciative!
The 2019 gardening season will soon be upon us! We have a large number of community members who have already signed up for plots here but we have more to offer!
We've put together a quick survey as to possible topics for gardening classes here. If you're interested in learning more please take a few minutes to fill this out and let us know what topics and when.
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!
News and updates posted by the staff at Greener Village.