Last week AMES joined forces with: The Galiano Conservancy, The Galiano Food Program, Penelakut Island Elementary School (PIES), and the Galiano Community School for a full day of laughter and learning with over 100 Galiano and Penelakut community members.

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We were treated to an opportunity to learn “The Bone Game” with Karen Charlie and Kara and Richie Smith.

There were also hands-on lessons in building a traditional pit oven with Augie Sylvester, JC and company:

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Geo-caching and Indigenous name games with the Galiano Conservancy team and Levi and Emily Wilson:

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Medicinal tea-tasting with local herbalists Dora Fitzerald and Amanda Bird:

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We also got to to screen and celebrate some of the work created by the young Digital Foragers from Penelakut + Galiano Island.

You can ‘meet’ some of the Digital Foragers here or at SalishHarvest.com:

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And last, but by no means least, thanks to the combined efforts of The Galiano Food Program, and a host of food-loving community members, everyone enjoyed a fabulous feast of wild treats.

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The menu included:

• Venison Stew (cooked up the Intermediate teacher and Administrative Assistance at the Galiano Community School),
• Loads of salmon (generously donated by Ben Mabberly and cooked up by JC and the pit-side gang),and
• Nettlekopita, Nettle & Edamame Crostini, Nettle & Garlic Bread, Nettle and White Bean Soup (cooked by the entire student population of the Galiano Community School under the guidance of Alison Colwell, kid-wrangler and food-mentor extraordinaire). Check out some of the nettle recipes featured here.