Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Interested in having Workshops held in your Community that have a focus of “Growing North Cariboo Food and Community”?

February 13, 2019

Dear community group
On behalf of the Partners for Healthier Communities: North Cariboo (P4HC: NC) we are reaching out to you, as community leaders and champions, to partner with us so workshops focused on “Growing North Cariboo Food and Community” can be held in and hosted by your community.

In 2019, the P4HC: NC is planning to roll out Phase 4 of the Empowering Family Health Project.  Although the project is primarily focused on our rural North Cariboo communities, it has been multi-faceted since it was initiated in 2016.  The project has financially contributed to the establishment and enhancement of 4 School Gardens (Wells, Parkland, Barlow Creek, and Carson), provided support to the Bouchie Lake Community Food Garden, hosted multiple “local food related” workshops throughout the North Cariboo, and purchased 5 “Food Processing and Preservation Kits” for the following 5 communities: Barlow Creek, Bouchie Lake, Wells, Kersley, and Ten Mile Lake / Parkland.  For additional information on the Empowering Family Health Project, go to Information on the P4HC:NC, can be found online at:

For 2019, the P4HC:NC would like to work with community groups, such as yours, so workshops can be scheduled and held in your community that meet the mandate of  the “Empowering Family Health Project”.  The P4HC:NC will provide support to your group by providing funding, if approved, through a Northern Health  “Imagine Grant” and subsequently covering the costs of the workshops  (e.g. presenter’s fee, venue rental, insurance) associated with the workshop.  The presenter could be community member – someone with the knowledge and expertise. The P4HC:NC will also provide some administrative and promotional support.  Your group would be responsible for promoting the workshop at the local level, taking registrations, setting a workshop fee (which your group could retain), and facilitating the workshop(s) in your community.  We want to help your group build capacity at the local level by assisting you with connecting with residents in your community.  By becoming more connected and engaged, it is proven that community resilience is increased.  A resilient community is one that is better able to absorb disturbances and still retain basic function and structure.  One way of building resilience is to be more food secure.  Examples of workshops held to date and /or workshops participants have expressed an interest in taking in the future are as follows:

Dehydration, Pressure Canning, Foraging for Wild Foods, Root Cellaring, Cold Storage, Food Fermentation, and  Cheese Making.

If your group is interested in partnering with us, please contact us by February 25th with the following information:

Name of Organisation
Contact Person:
Telephone / Email:
Workshop Topic of Interest:

Thank you.  We look forward to hearing from you.  Please email us at
Empowering Family Health
"Growing North Cariboo Food & Community"

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

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.