What is farm gleaning?

What is farm gleaning? LifeCycles utilizes our existing systems, specialized knowledge and relationships within the local farm community to undertake the volunteer recruitment, training and relationship building required to operate a farmer supported gleaning program. Farmers participating in the project currently receive in-kind tax receipts for the estimated market value of product. We work to … Continued

Towards a culture of abundance

Towards a culture of abundance! LifeCycles now has a Management Team! We’ve spent the winter restructuring staff roles, in order to promote a culture of abundance and foster our capacity to create together. We are excited to introduce a new Executive Director, Matthew Kemshaw and new Program Managers: Shereen Kukha-Bryson, Jenny McCartney and (on an interim … Continued

Cultivating community together

Cultivating community together We believe that healthy local food systems are the foundation for a thriving community. Together, we are becoming active “co-producers” of an alternative to industrial agriculture. We are grateful to the many diverse people who are doing the important work of building healthy, resilient communities. This year, LifeCycles’ work was enabled by more … Continued

Join us for a screening and Q&A with local seed stewards

Join us for a screening and Q&A with local seed stewards! Seed: the Untold Story, a screening and Q&A. Tuesday, November 15, 7:00pm – 9:00 pm at Cinecenta, University of Victoria The Victoria Seed Library and Cinecenta are excited to be hosting a screening of Seed: the Untold Story, a documentary film about the global … Continued

Produce preservation Train-the-Trainer Workshop

Train-the-Trainer Workshop Update On October 29th and 30th LifeCycles hosted a Food Preservation Train-the-Trainer workshop in partnership with Grounded Strategies. This action packed, hands on workshop was designed to provide participants with an introduction to a variety of produce preservation techniques that they were trained to teach in their own communities. Skills covered included: how … Continued

Seed saving learning opportunities

Seed saving learning opportunities Our final Victoria Seed Library Member Orientation of 2016 will be at Saanich Centennial Branch on November 16th. Orientation sessions are 1.5 hours long and cover the foundations of seed saving! Wednesday, November 16, 7:00om-8:30 pm at the Saanich Centennial Branch. It’s free and open to all, preregistration required. Register here. … Continued

Be a Harvest Leader with the Fruit Tree Project this season!

Be a Harvest Leader with the Fruit Tree Project! The Fruit Tree Project is gearing up for another season of rescuing fruit from trees around the region that would otherwise go to waste and redistributing the harvest. The harvest is shared four ways: to the homeowners who invite us to come pick the fruit; to … Continued

LifeCycles 2016 Annual General Meeting- Save the Date!

LifeCycles- 2016 Annual General Meeting Join us for our Annual General Meeting! You’ll get to learn what we’ve accomplished this past year, including highlights from our program Staff, and more on what we’re planning for the coming season. Our AGM is a great opportunity to meet our Staff and Board, and find out about getting … Continued

Food Empowerment Workshop Series

Food Empowerment Workshop Series This June, LifeCycles has teamed up with folks from the restaurant world to offer a series of culinary workshops exploring the relationship between food security and flavour. Join Chef Corbin Mathany for 2 separate nights of foraged fine dining, inspired by the themes of Sea and Shoreline, and Forest and Field. … Continued

Vandana Shiva’s Visit to Victoria – A Catalyst for Local Food Systems

Vandana Shiva’s Visit to Victoria A Catalyst for Local Food Systems Vandana Shiva’s visit to Victoria on February 29th, was truly inspirational, the ultimate way to kick off the growing season ahead of us. She shared her wisdom and made the most of her time in Victoria by attending four separate events, sponsored by Harmony … Continued