MY  FED  FARM

My FED Farm is back for the 2021 season!

 

Starting in May, we will be providing approximately 500 gardens kits to Greater Victoria residents facing barriers to healthy, affordable food for whatever reason— those living in low-income housing, senior centers, immunocompromised households, laid off workers, frontline workers, individuals with disabilities, single parent households, First Nation communities, etc.

This year, we will continue to offer individual gardens and will ramp up our efforts to provide more community gardens that will serve and foster neighbourhood connections. In a time of continuing isolation and mental health challenges, we are aiming to address the urgent need for connection alongside the ongoing need for food security.

 

Last year, we provided gardens and educational resources to 1,115 people in 514 homes in the Greater Victoria region. 

 

This amounted to a potential of 10,000 pounds of food grown!

There are many ways to get involved with My FED Farm! Whether it be partnering with us, volunteering your time, or applying for a garden kit! Find additional information below. If you don’t see what your looking for please reach out to us at fed@synergyfoundation.ca

SUPPORT  US

MY FED FARM CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN 

 

Help us reach our goal of providing 500 garden kits to Greater Victoria residents that face barriers to affordable, healthy food by contributing to our crowdfunding campaign! 

SELF-WATERING PLANTER SALES

This spring we are selling self-watering planters that are perfect for starting your own edible garden! All proceeds raised from the sale of these planters will go towards our gardening projects including the Urban Learning Garden, My FED Farms, and our Urban Farmer Workshops!

These planters are easy to setup, low maintenance, and require less fertilizer and water than a conventional garden.

VOLUNTEER With  Us

My FED Farm would not be possible without an awesome team of volunteers! If you are keen to assist us in achieving our goal to get 500 garden kits out to residents in Greater Victoria, then we want to hear from you!

 

We are currently in need of volunteers who can help us transport and set up the My FED Farm garden kits around Greater Victoria. If you have a vehicle and are available on Thursdays and/or Fridays during the day please fill out our garden volunteer survey.

We are also seeking volunteers that can help us with the oddball tasks that arise such as distributing seeds into packets or answering garden questions in our Facebook group. If this sounds like a better fit, please complete the survey below. We would also be happy to hear about any additional skills that you have that you think could benefit this project!

The health and safety our community members and volunteers is extremely important to us. All volunteers will be working individually or with someone from their own household and we will go over COVID safety protocols prior to starting. 

 GARDEN  RECIPIENTS

Greater Victoria residents who face barriers to healthy, affordable food are encouraged to apply for a My FED Farm garden kit. We will provide all the materials to get your edible garden started and will even deliver it to your home. We understand the affordability of starting a garden can sometimes be a barrier, thanks to our generous sponsors, partners, and community members we are able to provide these gardens on a sliding price scale. My FED Farm garden recipients will be able to donate what they can for their garden kit, if finances are tight, a recipient can receive their garden at no cost to them.

 

If you would like to be considered for a My FED Farm garden kit, please fill out the application form. Garden deliveries will take place during the day on Thursdays and Fridays during the months of May and June. Please note, due to high demand we may be unable to fulfill all garden requests. As the My FED Farm team, we will do our best to ensure those with the greatest need receive gardens.

Unfortunately, with a limited supply of materials and the high volume of applications, recipients who received a My FED Farm garden in 2020 will not be eligible to receive one this year.

Food Garden Kit Contents:

  • 2 - 5 round planters

  • Soil

  • 3 starter plants

  • Seeds

  • Delivery of materials

  • Initial consult & info package

  • Access to online garden resources and #MyFEDFarm chatroom

COMMUNITY  GARDENS

Community gardens can provide our local neighbourhoods with so many benefits, including:

  • Providing residents with greater access to nutritious foods

  • Improving food security

  • Putting underutilized space to use

  • Improving mental health

  • Increasing green spaces in cities

This year we are expanding our community garden efforts and look to support more communities and neighbourhoods as they increase their green space. If you are part of a First Nations community, a seniors community, or any other type of community and are in need of materials to get your community garden started, we want to hear from you! Please reach out to us at fed@synergyfoundation.ca and tell us more about your vision and the underutilized space you have to work with.

PROJECT  PARTNERS

We are thrilled to be working with so many great organizations through this project. My FED Farm would not be possible without support from the following:

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TOPSOIL Innovative Agriculture converts under-utilized urban into productive food growing areas. They supply fresh premium direct to restaurants and the local community in Victoria. Acting as our headquarters for My FED Farm, we couldn't be happier about collaborating with them on this project!

For more information go to:
www.topsoileatlocal.com

We are thrilled to be partnering with the City of Victoria's 'Get Growing, Victoria' campaign! 


Converting space at the Beacon Hill Park nursery, they will be growing over 75,000 edible plants to support those who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 in Victoria and donated over 3,300 plants to our initiative in 2020.

 

They have also provided funding to support the educational materials developed in partnership through the Growing Together Campaign.


We are so proud to work in a City with leaders like ours.

Be sure to follow them on social media @CityofVictoria and find out more here!

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Growing Together is a collaborative initiative that aims to support residents across the region to grow their own food. A number of food-focused organizations and individuals are working together towards one shared, enthusiastic goal: to motivate and enable people across the CRD to plant, harvest and distribute as much fresh food as possible over the next six months. We can do this!

Follow them on social media @Growing.Together.Apart and find out more at www.growingfood-together.com!

The Good Food Network, who is hosting this campaign, is a network of organizations from across the Victoria capital region (Coast Salish territories) working to create a robust local food system.

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We are excited to be partnering with Transition Sooke, the Sooke Region Food CHI Society and the Sooke Garden Club to be able to provide residents in Sooke with free garden kits!

 

If you live in Sooke, you can use the same intake form above, and we'll pass on your information to their team to get you growing. 

PROJECT  SPONSORS

We are thrilled to be working with so many great organizations and municipalities through this project. My FED Farm would not be possible without financial support from the following:

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We are absolutely honoured to be living and working on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen peoples, specifically the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, whose relationship with the land continues to teach and inspire us to this day.