university of victoria
UVic Community Cabbage
A student-run group who provides experiential learning opportunities to learn about local food waste by rescuing food in the region and sharing food on campus.
UVic Sustainability Project
We share an office with the lovely folks at UVSP. They're also a student-run affiliate group like us, and do more work than we can sum-up in a couple sentences. Check out their website and follow them on socials!
Ecological Restoration Club
The ERC is a student club focused on restoring ecosystems that holds events and workshops throughout the year. They hold a plot at the CCG and do work parties there occasionally - check out their instagram (linked above) to find out how to get involved!
The horticulture club also has a plot at the CCG and aims to bring gardeners together with a focus on the cultivation of plants for food, medicinal, or aesthetic uses. Contact them via their website linked above.
Curbside Farms is a group founded by UVic students that focuses on food security and practical ways folks can grow their own food. We're hoping to soon hold build days at the garden for various projects; stay tuned as they're undergoing some restructuring!
greater victoria area
Victoria Compost Education Centre
Providing composting & organic gardening education to CRD residents since 1992! Vic Compost Ed helped us with the planning and installation of our composting toilet, and we love having Kayla host workshops on a variety of educational and practical topics.
Get Growing, Victoria!
Get Growing, Victoria! is a program distributing free seedlings, materials, soil, and more to Victoria residents facing barriers to growing their own food. They host multiple free distribution days for both spring and late summer seedlings; check their website for dates and locations.
LifeCycles’ Project is an interactive community-driven hub that promotes urban agriculture in Victoria. This hub connects Victorian residents to each other and to the resources needed in acquiring the knowledge and tools necessary when growing food within the city. This is Victoria’s source for current urban agriculture workshops and initiatives.
Capital region food and agriculture initiatives
Lekwungen Food Systems
The Lekwungen Food Systems project aims to reinstate Indigenous food systems and food systems management. The project creates awareness about the history and current practices surrounding Indigenous foods with the goal of increasing the number of people involved in removing invasive plants and reinstating indigenous food systems our already stressed, and heavily modified local ecosystems. LFS operates with a view towards food sovereignty in the region, ensuring that cultural roles and responsibilities are respected in regards to Indigenous food systems, while creating opportunities to celebrate food and remember the importance of these systems and the food stuffs they provide.
british columbia & canada
BC Food Systems Network
The BC Food Systems Network was formed in to link people all over the province involved in community-level action related to food. The Network highlights the way food issues cross cultures, sectors, and age groups. Through an email network and annual meetings, we share insights, initiatives, strategies and critical analysis of events in the food system. We also share our own work and stimulate each other through exchange of ideas. Membership is open to anyone and additionally, BCFSN has an active listserv and mailing list.
Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty
Created for the purpose of increasing awareness of the underlying issues, concerns and strategies impacting food security in Indigenous communities. The WGIFS seeks to apply culturally appropriate protocols and ancient ways of knowing through a consensus-based approach to critically analyzing issues, concerns and strategies as they relate to Indigenous food, land, culture, health, economics, and sustainability.
The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm integrates interdisciplinary academic, community, and production programs to explore and exemplify healthy and sustainable food systems. This 40-acre space provides learning opportunities for students, children’s education programs, and runs a weekly farmer’s market in the summer.
City Farmer News
City Farmer’s first web site Urban Agriculture Notes (www.cityfarmer.org) has hundreds of pages of information about city farming. Begun in 1994, it was the first web site on the Internet to publish information about urban farming. Our Internet websites grew out of our newspaper publication, “City Farmer”, which began in 1978. City Farmer teaches people how to grow food in the city, compost their waste and take care of their home landscape in an environmentally responsible way.
FarmFolk CityFolk focuses on education and a variety of programs and events to engage farmers with regards to climate solutions, influencing policy, and mentorship. They host the BC Seed Gathering, Citizen Seed Trial, and more.
A farmer-to-farmer educational network that supports organic, regenerative, and ecological farmers in Canada. They support farmers, fishers, holistic managers, market gardeners, ranchers, seed savers, and more.
Community Food Centres Canada
A Community Food Centre is a welcoming space where people come together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food. CFCs provide people with emergency access to high-quality food in a dignified setting that doesn’t compromise their self-worth. People learn cooking and gardening skills there, and kids get their hands dirty in the garden and kitchen in ways that expand their tastebuds and help them make healthier food choices. Community members find their voices on the issues that matter to them, and people find friends and support. CFCs offer multifaceted, integrated and responsive programming in a shared space where food builds health, hope, skills and community.
National Farmers Union
The National Farmers Union is an organization made up of Canadian farm families. Our goal is to work together to achieve agricultural policies which will ensure dignity and security of income for farm families while enhancing the land for future generations.The National Farmers Union is unique among farm organizations in working for people’s interests against corporate control of our food system.
Food Secure Canada
Food Secure Canada is a pan-Canadian alliance of organizations and individuals working together to advance food security and food sovereignty through three inter-locking goals: zero hunger, healthy and safe food, and sustainable food systems.