Let’s Get Growing: The Best Food is Local Food

In 2021, a vacant lot at the crossroads of 2nd and 2nd in downtown Prince Rupert was transformed into Sndoyntga Lax Kx’een ada Maxłaxaała, or the community garden of Lax Kx’een and Maxłaxaała. This initiative was driven by Ecotrust Canada, a charitable organization working primarily in rural, remote and Indigenous communities in B.C., with a long-standing presence on the North Coast. Since that time, the garden has been a bounty of community spirit. Local gardeners have proven the potential to grow healthy local food even in a cool and rainy city, while also providing a welcoming space where a range of other community benefits have been cultivated. During the 2022 growing season, 340 kg of produce was grown at the urban farm and associated greenhouse at Charles Hays Secondary School. Much of it was donated for use by community members, often as small food boxes for garden visitors who were in need or just wanted to try locally grown produce. Fresh produce was also donated to a diverse array of other organizations in Prince Rupert. Urban Farm The benefits have spread like pumpkin vines. Expert growers at the urban farm have shared their knowledge with staff and clients from the Hecate Strait Employment Development Society, which operates its own community garden. They also took part in gardening, seed-saving and seed-sowing workshops, in local schools and in the community – to spread the word and the seeds. Sndoyntga Lax Kx’een ada Maxłaxaała is now re-locating to a permanent new home at Roosevelt School, where the urban farm will have a space for more community-led workshops and food literacy knowledge sharing. Trigon has committed a multi-year financial contribution to the urban farm, and is proud to be its Local Sustaining Donor.
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