GUEST COLUMN: Castlegar Community Garden promotes local food security

Caitlin Kellendonk
By Caitlin Kellendonk
August 19th, 2020

There is no doubt that COVID-19 has caused a variety of challenges within our lives, and our community, but access to safe healthy food shouldn’t be one of them – which is why we want everyone to know about the Castlegar Community Garden.

We are now living in a time where the health of ourselves, family and friends is of the utmost importance. Our diets, and where our food comes from, play a significant role in our health. The FSC ( Food Security Canada ) in May 2020 released a food policy and action plan amidst COVID-19.

This plan (addressed) three main goals, zero hunger, health and food safety, and sustainable food systems. 

A sustainable food system is a system that is designed to provide healthy food to all people, while also providing sustainable impacts on the environment, economy, and social systems. It is complementary and essential to food resilience, where the goals are to provide sufficient, adequate, accessible food to all people during unforeseen events. The FSC believes that one of the ways we can achieve this goal is to “build resilient ecological local food systems, to shorten and diversify food chains and revitalize communities, ensuring greater access to healthy fresh local food, support lower emission food systems, and build greater resiliency to shocks and reduce food loss and waste.”

The Castlegar Community Garden is here to do just that.

Everyone has the right to fresh, local, healthy food, and we are open to the public to ensure this. Our community garden is a place where you can come, build connections, enjoy time outside, and take what you need to ensure a healthy, safe diet.

We can change the food system in our community, help lower emissions, and we can guarantee access to healthy safe food, together.

During these unprecedented times we want to make sure no one is left behind when it comes to food safety and a healthy diet.

The Castlegar Community Garden is here for you. 


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