Growing the Home Garden: increasing production for market (or home sales or ‘farm gate’ sales)…

Join us for a workshop on increasing production in your garden. Tammas Grogan, a local Urban Farmer, will show us how she plans her garden and offer advice on how we can increase production in our own. Please join your local gardeners and growers for this event which will include an opportunity for discussion.

There is an opportunity to join this workshop by skype, if this is your plan, please rsvp to Leslie Dyck ( with your Skype Name.

This workshop is being offered through the Mount Waddington Community Food Initiative in partnership with HardyLocalFoods Foodshare. It is free and open to anyone growing (or planning to grow) for production in the North Island. Please share widely, and bring a friend or neighbour!

Join us at the new NIC campus which is located within the Thunderbird Mall. Thankyou NIC for your continued support and the use of your wonderful space.

Who: This workshop is open to anyone growing (or planning to grow) for production in the North Island. Please share widely, and bring a friend or neighbour!

Where:  NIC (in new location within Thunderbird Mall next to Sacred Wolf)

When:  January 23, 630pm – 730pm

Cost: Free

**If you plan to attend by skype, please RSVP to with your skype name so you can be added into the call.

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Network Sharing ~ invitation to update!

Hello Everyone and Happy New Year!

Each month I attend the Mount Waddington Health Network (MWHN) Table of Partner (TOP) Meeting. This meeting is a gathering of partners from around the region representing work that is being done towards the Social Determinants of Health in our region. Each month the representatives are encouraged to share a monthly update through the lens of the social determinant in their focus.

As you know, a goal of the Mount Waddington Community Food Initiative is to help build a regional food focused network. Another goal is to help keep us informed and connected.
The Health Network TOP is an efficient way to help spread the word, there are currently 20+ regional partners from a broad range of organizations, at the table. Beyond the meeting, each of us is encouraged to share our learnings from the table with our home organizations and community.

I’d like to offer to share your food focused updates at the TOP.

To do so, I have created a simple google survey form that asks 2 questions:
1) What is your update for the group? (could include projects, asks for help, job postings, etc.)
2) Are there any upcoming events you want the group to know about?

If you would like to submit an update, please let me know and I will email you the survey. The survey will only take a few moments to fill out and you submit it electronically.   I’ll need the survey returned by the last day of each month.  Once the updates are compiled I will happily share them back with whoever would like to read them.

Updates big and small are welcome!

Community Health Networks are a great way to share information widely and efficiently. Let’s use our Health Network to help share our news.

Leslie Dyck ~ Coordinator, Mount Waddington Community Food Initiative


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2017 North Island Farmers Markets

I often hear people say that they wish we could have a local Farmer’s Market.  Well, depending upon what the word “local” means to you, we do!

This year there will be at least 2 markets operating within the region 🙂

So far, there are two Farmers Markets in the region advertising market dates in 2017,  the North Island Farmers and Artisans Market, and the Port Alice Community Market. I will be sure to publish the full market schedules as soon as I see them.

Below are the dates being advertised for the North Island Farmers and Artisans Market.  The markets in February and April will be held indoors at the Lions Hall in Port McNeill.  New Vendors are always welcome ~ experienced or not.  Please email Neva or Shannon for more information at




So far there is just one date being advertised by the Port Alice Community Market, which is February 11th, but I am certain there will be more dates announced soon.  This market started up last June and has been growing ever since.   More members are welcome.


The best place to watch for more information is on the Facebook page (search for “Port Alice Community Market”), but if you are not a Facebook user you can contact Rose at 250-284-3513 or email:






Are there any other Farmers Markets being planned for this upcoming season?  If so please let us know, and let me know how I can help things along 🙂

Leslie Dyck,

Coordinator, MW Community Foods Initiative



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Don’t Be Chicken!

I am so excited to announce that registration for our upcoming “Don’t Be Chicken” workshop has opened. We will be teaching you the in and outs of keeping urban hens while abiding by the Port Hardy Urban Agriculture by-law guidelines.


This workshop has been a dream of mine for about 3 years now, and it so great finally see it come to life.  I need to give credit for the creative name of our workshop to Jessie Hemphill, and also many thanks for her hard work (and the many other change makers) in bringing the Port Hardy Urban Agriculture bylaws into place.

Here is a link to the registration page for the workshop.  Register soon as seats are limited.

Beyond drawing on local knowledge, we are pleased to be welcoming Duncan Martin as our guest speaker for the event.

If you don’t have a by-law in place your North Island Community that supports the keeping of Urban Hens, then this will be a good place to learn about ways you might initiate that change.

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Seedy Saturday ~ April 22nd!

In partnership with the North Island Farmers and Artisans market, the MW Community Foods Initiative is welcoming you to get involved in our annual Seedy Saturday event, which is on April 22.  This is a regional event, and your participation helps us grow every year. Seedy Saturdays are a great place to connect with other growers in the region, share and learn new skills, and help to build regional food security.
I have signed up to organize the free workshop part of the event. The workshops were a big hit last year, and we had some great local presenters come forward to share their skills.  The workshops each will be 30 minutes long, and time permitting we would like to offer them more than once over the course of the day.
I am looking for someone who could …
* show us how to care for and/or sharpen garden tools
* give us an intro to tree pruning
* teach us about composting
*show us how to 4 season garden
*teach us about seed saving
We would love to offer a variety of workshops, so if you have a skill you would like to share or a topic you would like to lead a discussion on please let me know.
Just like last year we also be offering table displays, a seed swap, a plant swap, a kidz zone, and hopefully have some things for sale as well.  So if hosting a workshop is not your thing, then please consider volunteering for one of these roles.  Another thing you could do is help us spread the word – when the time comes – as we are still working out the location and the times 🙂
Have a great weekend,
Leslie Dyck
Coordinator ~ Mount Waddington Community Food Initiative
ps is anyone else planting leeks in their greenhouse this weekend?
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