Over the last few months as local berries become abundant on Haida Gwaii, we have been able to get over 50 lbs of berries into the Xaayda Gwaay Ngaaysdll Naay/ Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Center. The strawberries growing mid island are bursting with flavour and were available every week for 1 month. For 3 weeks in a row we were able to serve these fresh home grown strawberries to the residents of long term and acute care. One day, the strawberries were picked the same day they were served on patient trays and replaced the strawberry jello that was originally slotted to be served that day. What is next? Tomorrow we are delivering 3 lbs of safely processed, handpicked salmonberries to be served, while we wait for the raspberries to ripen.
We have been able to buy over $1000 worth of local berries, over $1000.00 worth of produce and have received donations for fish and venison for our school programs, the ground work is being laid for it to get to hospitals
Innovator Shelly Crack with her colleague, traditional Haida knowledge keeper Jenny Cross, are exploring opportunities to work with local and traditional harvesters to serve more culturally nourishing foods to the patients in 2 island hospitals. Read her story in the summer Nourish newsletter.