Tuesday, 27 November 2018


The Partners for Healthier Communities: North Cariboo is excited about the potential plans and partnerships for 2019.  The group has recently updated their 3-fold brochure that provides a great summary of the Empowering Family Health Project and the P4HC:NC committee.

In 2019 we are hoping to once again apply for an Imagine Grant through Northern Health to support initiatives in the North Cariboo that meet our mandate.  A Request for Proposal is now available here that groups can complete and submit to the P4HC:NC for inclusion into the 2019 Grant Application.

For information on the Imagine Grant process, please contact check out


For additional information on the Empowering Family Health Project and /or contact the P4HC:NC committee, please email empoweringfamilyhealth@gmail.com

Sunday, 14 October 2018

P4HC: North Cariboo Receives Funds To Support Gardens at 2 North Cariboo Schools

In the Spring of this year, the Partners for Healthier Communities - North Cariboo received funding under an Imagine Grant through Northern Health to support 2 Elementary School Gardens in the North Cariboo.  Two schools submitted a Request for Proposal for funding under the P4HC:NC and with the funding received, the P4HC:NC was able to support both Barlow Creek Elementary School and Carson Elementary with a "Garden Project".

For each of the schools, the Garden Projects were focused on:

Barlow Creek Elementary School

- Learning to Sow and Grow at Barlow Elementary School
- To provide students with hands-on experience and knowledge to grow their own food and encourage a new generation of gardeners.
- To engage students, parents and other community members in the process of growing and processing healthy, local food.
- To provide a hands-on learning tool to explore Life Sciences and environmental stewardship with the students.
The funds were used to purchase grow lights that will be used in the classrooms in early 2019 to grow seeds for the garden boxes. Volunteers provided supplies and time to construct 6 large garden boxes in the back of the school – one for each grade to plant in the spring. Upon return to school in September the students harvested the potatoes and will be learning more about their nutritional value and how to prepare and taste.

Carson Elementary Garden Project
- To create a sustainable garden program for the staff and students, with the support of SD 28 Board of Directors. The group would like to be part of introducing agriculture/gardening into the district’s teaching curriculum. Our goal is to have a sustainable vegetable garden that will help educate students on where their food comes from and how to prepare them.
The funds were used to purchase a tool shed and supplies. A Garden was planted but there were some challenges due to hot conditions and access to water.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Growing North Cariboo Communities - One Activity at a Time

An article on the Empowering Family Health Project - Phase 2 was in the January 31st, 2018 issue of the Quesnel Cariboo Observer.  Thank you to Editor Ken Alexander for printing it.  To read a copy of it as a pdf, please click HERE.


Sunday, 28 January 2018

Winding up Phase 2 of the Empowering Family Health Project

The Partners for Healthier Communities: North Cariboo committee is winding up Phase 2 of the Empowering Family Health Project   This includes completing the final Evaluation, finalizing the budget, and ensuring all commitments have been completed and met.

The group just ordered the following 3 books for each of the five communities that received Food Processing and Preservation Kits under Phase 1.  This includes Barlow Creek, Bouchie Lake, Kersley, Ten Mile Lake / Moose Heights, and Wells.  These books will be gifted to each of the communities upon receipt.  Thank you to everyone for your support and participation throughout the project.  We look forward to 2018.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

YOU ARE INVITED... Potluck on January 13, 2018, 4:30 pm

We are excited to invite all Empowering Family Health Workshop Participants to join us for a Potluck at the Parkland Community Centre on January 13th at 4:30 pm.  This will be a great way to get together and share what we have all learnt about preserving foods and foraging for wild foods.  Thank you to the Parkland Community Association for opening up their hall and hosting the potluck.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

More Places to Come Together - Thank you Barlow Creek!

The tagline for all Partners for Healthier Community Committees across the authority of Northern Health is "More places to come together, More space to grow food, and more ways to be active".  The final Pressure Canning Workshop under Phase 2 held at Barlow Creek Hall certainly met this mandate. Residents from across the North Cariboo met and enjoyed laughter, learning, friendship.  Thank you to Susie Myles for leading these classes and Barlow Creek Recreation for hosting them.  


HOME CANNING SAFELY - High vs. Low Acid Foods

With the renewed interest in food security, we are seeing a desire for people right across the North Cariboo looking to home canning, including pressure canning, as a way of preserving food for later use.  

The Government of Canada has some good information online that reviews some of the things one should consider before home canning.  To begin with, foods are classified into 2 types: high-acid foods and low-acid foods.  Each type needs to be prepared differently to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. Before you start canning, you need to determine the acid level of the food.

  • High-acid foods (require a boiling water canner)
    High-acid foods have a pH (acidity level) of less than 4.6. A boiling water canner heats food to 100°C (212°F) at sea level. The natural acid in the food will prevent botulism bacteria from growing and the heating will kill most yeasts, moulds and bacteria that could be present.

  • Low-acid foods (require a pressure canner)
    Low-acid foods have a pH (acidity level) of more than 4.6. Tomatoes are a borderline high-acid food and need an acid, such as lemon juice or vinegar, to be added for safer canning. Mixtures of low and high acid foods, such as spaghetti sauce with meat, vegetables and tomatoes, are considered low-acid foods. The level of temperature needed to kill botulism bacteria for low-acid foods can only be reached by using a pressure canner.
Examples of High vs. Low Acid Foods
High Acid FoodsLow Acid Foods
FruitMost fresh vegetables except tomatoes
Jams, jellies, marmaladesMeat, and poultry
Fruit buttersSeafood - fish and shellfish
Pickles and sauerkrautSoup and milk
Tomatoes with added lemon juice or vinegarSpaghetti sauce with meat, vegetables and tomatoes
Check out this site for additional safety information.