Youth Community Entrepreneur Program: From 1999-2010 LifeCycles ran a successful youth entrepreneurship program. The program supported 12 youth (16-30 years) each year, enabling them to: develop business plans, explore community micro-business opportunities and launch local enterprises. The Program was unique in its emphasis on the creation of sustainable agri-food businesses to strengthen our local food supply. Several continuing local businesses were supported by this program, including: Re-Fuse, Wildfire Bakery, Camas Books and Infoshop and several organic farm businesses. A shift in federal funding priorities led to the demise of this program.
Community Gardens: LifeCycles has and continues to support a number of Community Gardens across the Capital Region. We have been responsible for supporting the construction of schoolyard, community centre and daycare gardens, community gardens and community food commons (too many to list). For 25 years we have supported and promoted community greening in urban areas and we continue to hold the lease and insurance requirements for the Neighborhood Garden of All Sorts in James Bay and the PanFlora Garden in the 900 block of Pandora St.
PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ Native Plants & Garden Program: Since 2011, PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ has been running a native plant and garden program located at ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ Tribal School in Brentwood Bay. PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ means “Blossoming Place” in SENĆOŦEN, the language of the W̱SÁNEĆ people. From 2013-2016 LifeCycles joined the program to support fundraising and program delivery. The program offers opportunities for Tribal School students to share and learn about healthy and traditional foods in hands-on workshops and provides year round food systems programming, food celebrations and feasts for W̱SÁNEĆ students from kindergarten through to adult learners. The goal is to raise awareness about the importance of traditional foods and native plants in our food systems, incorporating this understanding into our collective conversations about food security. Please visit pepakenhautw.com to learn more or contact Judith Lyn Arney, PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ Native Plants & Garden Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org