Whether I’m meeting someone for a walking lunch, hanging out with my mom-friends, going for a run, soaking up some sun, entertaining children or just simply have time to kill, Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park is at the top of my list of Prince George parks to visit.
The activities and options to amuse yourself at this park are plenty and we’re truly lucky to have this green gem in the heart of our city. I recently spent an afternoon at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park (formerly Fort George Park) with a mind to experience it all.
I’m sure many of us who live in Prince George have heard variations on the common misconception that we’re a city in the cold tundra of the north, we suffer through wintery weather for half the year, and we couldn’t possibly grow or source our own local food, right? Of course, we locals know this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Sure, we live in the northern part of BC (more central, if you want to be picky), and admittedly, it is winter for about six months here (though I wouldn’t say the snow adventurers among us are exactly “suffering”) but despite this, we have an abundance of options for eating locally from our own region. These options help build our community, encourage healthy eating and support our local farmers and providers.
I’m currently writing a blog post for the Move Up Prince George blog about all of the wonderful local food options in PG. You might be surprised by how easy it actually is to secure delicious produce and more from our very own region! (Look for this post on the MUPG blog in a couple weeks!)
One option for securing locally grown produce in PG is the Good Food Box, an amazing program that promotes healthy eating, healthy communities and local eating, and something I’ve been subscribing to for a couple years now. Jovanka, the program’s coordinator, was nice enough to share with me all the ins and outs of the program, including how to get your own Good Food Box!
Here, from Jovanka:
The Good Food Box is a monthly, bulk-produce buying program open to anyone interested in good nutrition and saving money. No membership is required. By pooling your money with others, you can increase your buying power and you can expect to save 30%-40% on your fresh fruit and vegetable purchases. The program aims to help build a healthier community and local food system by encouraging consumption and appreciation of locally grown farm produce. When local supplies are exhausted, we purchase through local wholesalers.
The intentions of the Good Food Box program are to encourage healthy eating, to increase local food production and to promote and educate consumers about our food system. Through education and action, we can strive for a healthier community.
WHAT’S IN THE BOX The contents of the box vary from season to season, depending on local availability, pricing and quality. You can expect a variety of produce in every box including potatoes, onions, carrots, broccoli, salad greens and BC fruit. The newsletter promotes local farmers, food events and recipes.
HOW DO I ORDER THE BOX? Locate the most convenient depot for your food box pick-up and then drop your $15.00 cash payment (exact change please) at the corresponding registration centre by thefirst Friday of the month. You will receive a receipt that details the time and place to pick up your food box.
Please help us reduce our impacts on the environment. When you make your payment, please bring two similar cloth bags, labelled with your name and pick-up location. Your produce will be packed into these.
Pick-up day is the third Wednesday of every month. Don’t forget to pick up your order, as leftover boxes are donated to various programs the next morning.
REGISTRATION CENTRE AND PICK-UP LOCATIONS
Elder Citizen Recreation Ctr
1692 Tenth Avenue
Senior Activity Centre
425 Brunswick St
777 Kinsmen Place
Hart Pioneer Centre
6986 Hart Highway
UNBC at PG PIRG
Contact 250-960-7474 Rm 6-342
Brought to you by: Food First Network, Northern Health Authority, Elder Citizens Recreation Assoc., Hart Pioneer Centre, Kinsmen Hall, Prince George District Senior Activity Centre, Yellowhead Rotary, UNBC PG PIRG, and the volunteers that help to organize the boxes. This is a non-profit venture.