June 2019 Community Grant Recipient: Permaculture Club for Youth


June 2019 Community Grant:
Permaculture Club for Youth at LV Rogers Secondary School


LVR’s Youth Permaculture Club is very well aligned with our Vision of resilient food systems where all people have access to affordable food that is healthy for our bodies, communities and planet. This club integrates practical hands-on food system teaching and engages youth in building a more resilient community with a more resilient food system. This club is also aligned with a number of our core values, favouring local growers committed to sustainable practices, organic products, community dialogue and empowerment, enriching our community, and balancing social justice and environmental stewardship with financial responsibility.

The Permaculture Club’s goals are listed on their application as such:

Goal #1: To demonstrate to students active (permaculture) techniques for them to learn how to grow food outside, and in a greenhouse year round if possible.

Goal #2: Form garden plan for a multi user groups to participate, i.e. high intensity students, indigenous students, language students, senior students transitioning to independent living away from home.

Goal #3: Integrate sustainable low cost techniques that increase students’ engagement with approaches to living that focus on decreasing carbon footprints i.e. lasagna gardening, composting, integration.

Citizens growing their own food in a sustainable way is a major way to contribute to food security, sovereignty and resilience.

Check back for an update on how this $400 grant is used!

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Want to apply?

The Kootenay Co-op Community Grants Program offers up to $500 for community projects or initiatives that help us towards our Vision: We envision thriving communities with resilient food systems, where all people have access to affordable food that is healthy for our bodies, our communities, and the Earth.  These grants are funded by our generous members through the tip jars at the café checkout!

Community Grants are available to local organizations for community projects, programs or initiatives.  Successful applications will include specifics about the project and its impact on our local community, alignment with our Vision, the ability of organizer(s) to complete the project, and how our Co-op’s contribution fits within the overall budget. Organizations and programs can receive a maximum of one Kootenay Co‑op Community Grant per 12-month period. Organizations must acknowledge the Kootenay Co‑op’s contribution in their project materials.

Application Process:
1. Complete Community Grant Application. If you need more space to explain your project, additional materials are welcome.
2. Submit the completed application to Customer Service or electronically at community@kootenay.coop.
3. A committee of Kootenay Co-op staff, Board and members will review applications and make grant awards on a quarterly basis.

Applications Due: December 1st, March 1st, June 1st, September 1st