Feasting for Change Programs
Our Feasting for Change programs promote food sustainability, security and justice. They include the Pemberton Creek Community Garden, Pemberton Crabapple Project, Food Bank Project, Pemberton Fruit Tree Project, the Pemberton Seed Library and the Pemberton Agricultural Parks.
Pemberton Seed Library: Established 2017
Stewardship Pemberton Society and the Pemberton Public Library are thrilled to present the Pemberton Seed Library! Come by the Pemberton Public Library and ask at the front desk to take a look.
Why A Seed Library? Here are just a few reasons:
How it Works: Borrow - Save - Share
You have to be a library member to borrow seeds. Individuals grow & save seeds, bringing them back to the seed library so they can be shared with others. This keeps our seed library robust and viable! We have all the resources needed to get you growing and saving seeds! You don't need to be an expert! We are having a Seed Library Orientation in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to our Facebook Page and the Library for more details.
Want to learn more about saving seeds? Here is an excellent website! We are seeking one keen volunteer to assist us with this project. Please email Dawn at email@example.com if that is you!
Check out our seed inventory for 2017 here! PembertonSeedLibrary_2017.pdf
Pemberton Fruit Tree Project: Established 2016
The goal of this project is simple. Connect people with excess fruit with those who want and need it, and reduce human-bear conflict at the same time. Tree owners who can't pick their trees can register their trees, and we will coordinate picking when the fruit is ripe. The fruit is equally split between owners, volunteers and local organizations such as the Food Bank or Healthy Pregnancy Outreach Program. If you are a home owner and want to get in touch with us about registering your tree please sign up to the email list here....
If you have a fruit tree that you could use some help picking later this summer, please register your tree with us, and we'll work to connect your tree with volunteer pickers. Please note that we will not be picking cherries this year due to the high rate of worms in them.
We also need volunteer pickers to make this successful. If you are keen to pick some fruit trees in exchange for fruit, or would like to register your tree, please print and fill out either the Tree Registration form or the Volunteer Picker form and scan and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Belinda at 604 906 0145 to discuss and provide your information. Join us on Facebook
Stewardship Pemberton would like to thank the Province of British Columbia for their financial contribution for this project.
Pemberton Crabapple Project: Established 2014
Similar to the Fruit Tree Project, the main goal of this project is to reduce human-bear conflict and use food in our community. Stewardship Pemberton harvests crabapples along the main street in Pemberton. These mature trees were planted in honour and memory of local veterans and community members. While beautiful, they attract black bears into our town each year. Bears that become conditioned to accessing human food sources in urban areas are at higher risk of being killed due to human-bear conflict and public safety concerns. SPS removes the attractant - taking the fruit to the Pemberton Community Centre kitchen where we turn it into stunning seasonal crabapple jelly which we sell at the Pemberton Farmers' Market and the Pemberton Valley Supermarket. We also encourage the public to pick on your own from these public trees! Find a tested recipes here and sign up for our newsletter here to keep in the loop about free canning workshops.
This dynamic and innovative project educates on:
Thanks to our 2017 sponsors for making this such a success: Squamish Climate Action Network, the Community Foundation of Whistler, the Village of Pemberton, and the Pemberton Valley Utilities Services.
Sign up here to volunteer for this project!
We offer case lot sales at a discount! Contact us for details.
Pemberton Food Bank Project: Established 2015
Stewardship Pemberton partners with the Pemberton Food Bank and Sea to Sky Community Services to grow a large organic vegetable garden at the Pemberton Creek Community Garden. The project commences with growing seeds in the greenhouse and with classes at Signal Hill Elementary School in April, and ends with harvesting at Thanksgiving. The harvest goes to the Pemberton Food Bank, Healthy Pregnancy Outreach Program, and Women's Safe House. This projects embodies the spirit of community giving to those most in need. It teaches young children about plant life cycles, seed saving, organic gardening techniques, permaculture, and teaches perseverance and dedication through very tangible results! The project also serves as a teaching (and eating!) plot for the Nature Camp participants of the One Mile Lake Nature Centre.
A big and heartfelt Thank You to the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation who have funded capital costs associated with the program.
Sign up here to volunteer with this project!
Pemberton Agricultural Parks
Stewardship Pemberton Society (SPS), in partnership with the Village of Pemberton, developed the Pemberton Agricultural Parks Master Plan to guide the creation of agricultural parkland in Pemberton and Area C. Project goals were to raise awareness regarding local food systems, engage the public, reduce greenhouse gas emissions through local food initiatives, increase food sustainability, security and address food justice issues in our communities through the creation of a cohesive Master Plan to guide this project forward. Check out our Master Plan below.
A BIG thank you to our fantastic sponsors for this project. We could not have done it without your help!
This community project needs many hand to get up and off the ground. Let us know if you can lend yours (or perhaps your machinery when the time comes!).