Food and Agriculture Partners Distribute Food Trees in CRD for Canada 150

Apr 07, 2017

Victoria, BC– To mark Canada’s 150th birthday, the Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable (CRFAIR), Le Coteau Nursery and the Capital Regional District (CRD) have partnered to award 150 food trees and shrubs for distribution across the capital region.

Le Coteau nursery generously donated the trees and shrubs to raise awareness of the importance of food and agriculture in the region. The partnership is being led by CRFAIR, coordinator of the Good Food Network, which connects individuals and organizations building healthy and sustainable food systems.

The CRD and the Regional Food and Agriculture Task Force support this initiative as part of the Regional Food and Agriculture Strategy, which aims to bring awareness to local agricultural issues and opportunities to increase local food production. For more information on the Strategy, please visit www.crd.bc.ca/project/food-agriculture.

Community organizations, schools, local governments and First Nations were invited to apply to receive up to 20 trees or shrubs each. Applications were evaluated based on trees being accessible to the public, making a positive contribution to the surrounding community, and being cared for over the long-term. 

“We are overwhelmed by the wonderful response from the community”, says Linda Geggie, Executive Director of CRFAIR. “In a very short time, through sending the word out through the Good Food Network, local government partnerships and school districts, we had almost 50 applications for over 500 fruit trees. It is very clear that people are seeing the value of planting food gardens and community orchards across the region”. 

The successful applicants are listed in the table below.  

Le Coteau nursery in West Saanich is now in its 61st year and currently owned by Rob Harris. The farm supplies local grocery stores and also provides a wide variety of plants and fruit trees. The farm also supports local food initiatives such as the Grow Young Farmers Society, teaching children farming skills and placing fruit trees and vegetable gardens on school grounds; and Food Eco District, a collection of local restaurants and volunteers promoting urban food production.

As there has been a great response and there are many more deserving opportunities for schools and community organizations to plant, CRFAIR would welcome additional food tree sponsors. To make a contribution and learn more please contact Linda Geggie at 250.896.7004 or visit www.crfair.ca.

RECIPIENTS OF FOOD TREES AND SHRUBS

Capital City Allotment Garden

Saturna Island Parks and Rec

Community Living Victoria

Sherringham Point Light house

City of Colwood

South Island Distance Ed School

East Sooke Volunteer Fire Dept.

Township of Esquimalt

Edward Milne School

Tsawout First Nation

Farmlands Trust (Newman Farm)

Tsartlip First Nation

Gorge Park Community Garden

T’Sou-ke First Nation

James Bay Community Assoc.

UVic Community Garden

Maria Montessori Academy

Victoria High School

District of North Saanich

Victoria West Community Association

Pacheedaht First Nation

Westshore Centre for Learning

Pepaken Hautw First Nation

Victoria Native Friendship Center

Quadra Cedar Hill Community Association

Yates St. Community Garden


CR-FAIR is a community-based consortium of food system representatives with a shared interest in food policy and food security issues. In 2008, the Capital Region Food and Health Action Plan was created which contained a recommendation to establish a CRD Food Policy Council constituted as an advisory group to the CRD. For more information, visit
www.crfair.ca.

The CRD delivers regional, sub-regional and local services to 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24-member Board of Directors, the CRD works collaboratively with First Nations and all levels of government to enable sustainable growth, foster community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region. Visit us online at www.crd.bc.ca.

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Andy Orr, Senior Manager
CRD Corporate Communications
Tel: 250.360.3229
Cell: 250.216.5492

Linda Geggie, Executive Director
CRFAIR
Tel: 250.896.7004