ACRD hopes for more horticulture education for Valley

The Grow-Local program is a new grant opportunity that offers 10 B.C. communities up to $25,000 over two years.

  • Nov. 3, 2016 5:00 p.m.

Residents in the Alberni Valley could soon become more educated on horticultural literacy and broaden their gardening skills through a new initiative from the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District’s (ACRD) Agriculture Development Committee.

The Grow-Local program is a new grant opportunity through the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC that offers 10 B.C. communities up to $25,000 over two years to help support districts to grow locally.

“This grant opportunity can help to increase the amount of food produced by residents in the regional district by providing practical tools to increase horticultural literacy in the area,” said Heather Shobe, ACRD agricultural support worker at an Oct. 24 council meeting.

“We’ve had a late opportunity to apply for the grant…and we’d really like to see Port Alberni’s support on the application.”

The ACRD Agriculture Development Committee meets monthly with a mandate of implementing the 2011 ACRD Agriculture Plan and increasing food sovereignty in the region.

Shobe stated that although the committee is still fleshing out the application, project outcomes may include educational demonstration events at a local farm, individual and group consultations on horticultural advice related to food production, food garden tours, regular educational articles in local media, an implementation of a “Grow-Tub” program in West Coast and offshore First Nation’s communities and teaching kids gardening skills.

“The ACRD is seeking partners and leverage for this project,” Shobe said. “The deadline for the submission of our application is Nov. 4.”

Port Alberni city council will provide a letter of support for the ACRD grant application to the Grow-Local program.

 

karly.blats@albernivalleynews.com

facebook.com/albernivalleynews

twitter.com/alberninews

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

Jim’s Clothes Closet celebrates 50th anniversary

Store began in Port Alberni, expanded on Vancouver Island and beyond

BC Ferries passengers wait to leave Vancouver Island after Remembrance Day

Traffic aboard BC Ferries slows after Remembrance Day long weekend

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs victorious at home

Goaltender John Hawthorne earns second shutout

Port Alberni receives Smart Communities grant for new online platform

Online database will link local volunteers with non-profit and charity groups

VIDEO: Amazon to split second HQ between New York, Virginia

Official decision expected later Tuesday to end competition between North American cities to win bid and its promise of 50,000 jobs

Vancouver Island remembers

Important stories shared as Islanders salute those who made the greatest sacrifice

Search and rescue piggybacks plucky injured senior out of Vancouver Island woods

Rescue crews don’t have same success with dog swept away by Comox Valley river

Canada Post no longer guarantees delivery times amid more rotating strikes

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers closed two major processing centres in Ontario and B.C.

B.C. city councillor resigns as AutismBC director amid SOGI controversy

AutismBC president Gary Robins says Laurie Guerra’s resignation is effective Nov. 12

McGill students vote overwhelmingly to change Redmen team nickname

Student union held a referendum after a campaign by Indigenous students

B.C. university Pride group replaces white supremacy posters

Around 50 people walked through downtown Victoria to share posters of love

B.C. to invest $492 million in affordable homes

72 new projects are part of a 10-year, $1.9-billion strategy

Around the BCHL: Surrey Eagles sliding and Cassidy Bowes flows

Around the BCHL is a look at what’s happening in the league and around the junior A world.

Most Read