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AFC previously reported on "Garden-to-Table" — a community garden and kitchen project for marginalized people started in 2014 by the Parish of St. Alban-St. Dunstan in Aldergrove, BC. The list of fresh produce produced last year was astounding. Here are some updates on the project:
"The 2014/5 season produced an abundance of vegetables and fruit for the Garden to Table dinners, the community cooking classes for new Canadians, for various church functions and for individual parishioners and families in the community. There was plenty to go around. In addition to harvesting fresh produce for immediate use, we were able to freeze leeks, beans and tomatoes for later consumption. We grew red and green chili peppers which were dried and ground for use in winter stews. The addition of various herbs to our plan was very well received and so there are plans to add a larger herb garden next year. In addition to regular parsley and Cilantro, we harvested coriander (from Cilantro plants) which can be ground for savory dishes throughout the winter. At the end of next season, it is our intention to add a ‘winter garden’ which will include root vegetables (turnips, cabbage, some winter squash and more) so that we can extend food production to year-round."
List of Produce 2014–2015
Lettuce (several kinds)
Potatoes (3 varieties)
Tomatoes (3 varieties)
Even more importantly, we have heard about the personal impact that this project has had on the community. Mitchell (not his real name) had been coming to St. Dunstan's for the AA meetings for four years and was invited to come to Garden-to-Table (G2T) for dinner on a Thursday night.
"He came occasionally for the first year. He felt very aware of other people here who have had struggles in their life. He recognized a need to be gentle with each other. He noticed that they shared their life with each other on a Thursday, rather than going to a bar or be alone. Mitchell lost his father this past year. That is when G2T became especially important to him. He felt the support that others gave to him. They shared their stories with each other about loss, grief and life. He got to know a lot of people and made friends. Mitchell has been sober now for 22 years. He owns his own small business and his condo. Earlier this year God told him to donate to the church and be obedient to God. As Mitchell said, 'God has blessed my life and I need to bless others to keep G2T going. I am giving because God told me to pass my blessings forward to others.' He gave G2T a cheque for $1000. That, we at St. Dunstan’s believe, is the true essence of G2T; that each one, in his or her own way, can pass it forward."
To celebrate 60 years of generous funding, the Anglican Foundation of Canada is seeking a
new musical composition by an emerging Canadian composer 35 years of age or younger. The composition is to be in the form of a sacred anthem for SATB choir with piano or organ accompaniment, approximately five (5) minutes in duration.
The winning composer will be announced in December 2016, and awarded a prize of CAD $2000. The composer will be invited to a dress rehearsal and performance with the Christ Church Cathedral Choir in Vancouver in May 2017.
September 1, 2016
For submission guidelines and to download the application form, click here.
In 2017 the Anglican Foundation of Canada will celebrate 60 years of generous funding to innovative ministry-related projects that have benefited thousands of individuals, parishes, and faith communities. In order to mark this special event, the Foundation will be publishing a commemorative book of stories about the Foundation's history and impact.
We are calling for stories from every province in Canada and from each decade in our history to give us a snapshot of how the Foundation has helped your faith community. We are especially interested in hearing from past recipients of a grant or bursary.
Submission Deadline: April 1, 2016
- Submit stories of 250–500 words with accompanying photographs.
- Describe the program, project, or area of study for which you received funding.
- How did the Foundation help?
- What was the impact or outcome?
For more information about the 60th Anniversary book and other exciting initiatives, click here.
The Anglican Foundation of Canada is proud to announce the five $10,000 grant recipients for 2015's Request For Proposals (RFP) process. The theme for 2015 was new community service or outreach projects that involve interfaith collaboration.
Congratulations to all the recipients below!
Coming Home Society, Vancouver, BC
Diocese of New Westminster
Wisdom of the Elders is a program connecting Aboriginal Elders with at-risk city youth to share cultural and spiritual teachings.
St Peter's Anglican Church, Williams Lake, BC
Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior
The Williams Lake Interfaith Circle will develop inclusive, compassionate collaboration and conversations of understanding with Christian, Buddhist, First Nations, and Sikh communities, based on the 2009 Charter for Compassion.
Diocese of Edmonton, Edmonton, AB
The Congregational Poverty Action Guide will be a resource booklet for faith communities in support of the EndPoverty Edmonton initiative, developed in partnership with Beth Shalom Synagogue and other faith groups.
Renison University College, Waterloo, ON
Diocese of Huron
Dealing With Our Darknesses is a series of three Anglican–Muslim community conversations about transgression, penitence, and transformation with a goal of building understanding and awareness in an atmosphere of respectful conversation.
Christ's Church Cathedral, Hamilton, ON
Diocese of Niagara
The Downstairs Kitchen is an interfaith community kitchen, jointly organized by Christians and Muslims, which will provide ESL classes, and other job skills training to the local community.
Watch for the 2016 RFP theme to be announced in March!