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Salish Sea Sentinel | February 20, 2020

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Dirty hands, a green thumb and new careers

Screenshot 2015-12-29 14.10.41It was a rainy April day at the community garden at Snaw-naw-as First Nation, but the dozen youth from through Vancouver Island did not seem to mind. Many knelt in garden beds, planting vegetables.

Others made a trek to the beach along Nanoose Bay to gather truckloads of seaweed to be used as mulch and fertilizer. A few sat dry inside the gazebo, shelling hazelnuts and walnuts for roasting.

The day was a hands-on-and-get-dirty part of a 16-week program designed to introduce First Nation youth to potential careers in agriculture and the agri-food industry. “I am particularly excited about this program,” said Natasha Bob from Snaw-naw-as.

She is the leader of the Nanaimo Youth Services Association project that is supported by the First Nations Agriculture Association.

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