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Join Us for Our Schoolyard Harvest Dinner!

Join us for our third annual Schoolyard Harvest Dinner.

We’ll celebrate with an elegant dinner of local ingredients sourced from our schoolyard farms and farmer friends, paired with an open bar of brews from 33 Acres and amazing wine.

Enjoy an inspired multi-course meal created by chefs Karima Chellouf and Kym Nguyen. We are so lucky that Karima and Kym are returning to cook for us again this year, as many of last year’s attendees said the meal they created last year was the best they’ve ever had!

Support experiential learning by sharing delicious conversations, the best of this season’s harvest, and your own generosity—in addition to ticket sales, our goal is to raise $45,000 at this event to support children and youth in Fresh Roots programs, so please bring your chequebook or credit card along with your appetite!

Proceeds support Good Food at school. You will receive a tax receipt for the charitable portion of your ticket purchase. If you’d like to buy group tickets, are interested in a children’s ticket, or have any other questions, please reach out to Sarah Maitland, our Community Engagement Manager, at sarah@freshroots.ca.

Photo Credit: Andrea Fernandez
Special thanks to our friends at the Italian Cultural Centre for the use of their kitchen space to prep this amazing meal.

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2018 Annual Report

We’re so excited to share with you all of the amazing things that happened in 2018! (Hot tip: click the little square in the far right corner to view it full screen and zoom in.)

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who supported the children and youth in Fresh Roots programs in 2018 and helped grow Good Food for All!

Come Plant a Food Forest With US!

We have a farm that is slowly filling with food, and we have a forest that is teaching us how nature “gardens”, now it is time to connect the two and build a food forest at the Suwa’lkh School!

What is a food forest? It is a type of garden that mimics a natural forest growth pattern and its biodiversity to ensure better yields, fewer inputs, and simple management! This system will help our youth learn about ecosystems, biodiversity, and native plants while creating a food asset looking forward 20 – 50 – 100 years ahead!!!

We would love your help in creating this next piece of our food asset, and feed our community for generations to come!

If you are interested, click this link to sign up!

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Feeding “Hangry ” Kids

Don Davies is introducing legislation entitled the “School Food Program for Children Act,” requiring the Minister of Health, in consultation with provincial governments and other relevant stakeholders, to develop a school food program to ensure that all children in Canada have access to healthy food.

Fresh Roots participants and staff were invited to attend this press conference and got to speak on the importance of a national school food program. Watch now:

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Fresh Roots: Rethinking Hunger and Food Access

Michael Newman of Global TV explores how Fresh Roots and other local charities are engaging in ensuring that all people have access to healthy food.

With rising food prices and continuous economic pressures, the problem of hunger is one that has greatly affected the Metro Vancouver area. Community reporter Michael Newman takes a look at some community organizations on the front lines of hunger and the diverse innovative solutions they are deploying.

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Salmon at Suwa’lkh!

There’s a steam running through the woods at our Suwa’lkh site that used to be the spawning ground for many salmon. But now, because of overfishing, invasive species and pollution, very few salmon spawn there.

However, the students at Suwa’lkh have been rehabilitating the forest (including the stream) AND reintroducing salmon to the stream!

Photo by Meggan Crawford

Last January, Meggan Crawford’s class got chum salmon eggs from the Hyde Creek Watershed Society and raised the salmon in their class as part of the Salmon in the Classroom program.

The students named the first salmon to hatch Beyoncé, and because there were 55 salmon to hatch, they were collectively called 55th Harmony.

The students fed and took care of the salmon, learning about the stages of salmon life, creating info to share with fellow students, and even making signs for the stream.

Photo by Vanessa Perrodou

Finally, in May, the students released the salmon into the stream and read pieces they’d written at a ceremony with Indigenous elders and members of the Kwikwetlem First Nation.

In the fall, everyone was excited to see that salmon returned to the stream to spawn!

This is a sign that the rehabilitation work we’ve all be doing together has been worthwhile and it’s also a good sign for the coming years. It’s also encouraging us to double the work we’re doing to support the youth in leading the way to reindigenize this forest.

In two years, the youth’s own salmon will also return to the Suwa’lkh stream to spawn their own babies!

In the meantime, we just got our new batch of salmon eggs for this year, and the leadership program students are starting to take care of them already! Here’s to another salmon-y year!

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Thank you so much!!!

The numbers are in!

  • 1 month
  • 67 super generous people
  • $14,128 of support for kids in Fresh Roots programs this year!!!

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who helped make this magic happen, from donating to sharing with your friends to cheering us on. We appreciate you so much!!!

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Honestly, Here’s Why We Need Your Money

Hi friend!

Marc here—Executive Director and Poet-in-Chief of Fresh Roots!

First, I want to say thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far to help us get closer to our goal of raising $10,000 before December 31 to support the youth in next year’s programs. So far, 11 generous donors have contributed a total of $3137! 

You may have noticed that we rarely, if ever, ask you for money. So far, we’ve been extremely fortunate in that most of our funding has come from grants.

But here’s where I’ll be really honest: grant and government funding can be unstable.

For example, two schools recently contacted us to say that the provincial funding for their lunch programs had been totally cut. These are schools with vulnerable youth and refugee populations, where parents work really hard and yet still can’t afford lunches for their kids. Here’s an example of what some of those kids are now eating for lunch:

Yes, that’s a once-frozen chicken nugget on a plain wrap.

These kids are now the definition of HANGRY: they’re hungry, cranky and they can’t concentrate on learning.

That’s where Fresh Roots comes in, with an innovative new pilot project! We are going to work with the teachers and youth to cultivate small farms at the schools, and then youth will harvest that food, work with professional chefs from Growing Chefs to use that food (along with food from other local farms) to create amazing lunches, serve the lunches to any student at the schools who needs or wants a lunch, and then all eat and enjoy together!

BUT we cannot sustain amazing, important programs like this on grants alone.

We’ve reached a point where we can’t grow our programs and support more youth without support from kind individuals like you.

The best way you can help is by joining our Veggie Brigade, our team of monthly donors that helps support our vision of Good Food for All! It’s easy! It’s fun! You’ll be part of a cool team! Any and all contribution amounts are greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your time in reading this email and for everything you’ve already done as part of our Fresh Roots family!

With a fistful of sunshine,

Marc