Galiano Island Community Food Program – How Long Will You Last?

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Project Summary


This project is an exciting opportunity to experience the complexities of an island food system.

  • Students will help the Galiano Community Food Program answer the questions: How long do island residents report that they can survive without ferry service delivering groceries? And what are their strategies and systems in place that will allow them to survive?

Areas of Focus

  • Community food security
  • Self-reliance strategies for rural and remote populations


  • Developing on-line and in-person interview questions


  • Galiano Island

Special Considerations

  • This project requires students to travel to Galiano Island on one weekend in October (i.e. a free trip to a gulf island...)
  • Be willing and able to complete moderate physical activity as the Galiano Club always has hands-on opportunities to engage with the island residents and experience unique aspects of the island food system

Organization Information


Galiano Community Food Program


"The Galiano Community Food Program, part of the Galiano Club, builds community by growing, preparing, preserving and sharing food. The Food Program nourishes and strengthens island food security through learning and sharing skills. The Food Program values collaboration, inclusiveness and connections, healthy growing practices, sustainability and equal food access for all. One of the priorities of the Food Program is to provide low-cost healthy meals to the community. For more information visit: Galiano Food Program

Primary Contact

  • Name: Jane Wolverton, President of the Galiano Club
  • Email:
  • Address: 141 Sturdies Bay Road
  • Phone: 250-539-2427
  • Website:

Project Description

The Food Program is interested in gathering island residents stories and strategies for surviving on the island without ferry service. Students will use social media and in-person interviews to elicit residents responses and compile a summary of strategies and recommendations for further development.

Skills Preferred

  • Attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal skills for engaging with residents
  • Research skills using a combination of online and in-person interview skills

Skills to Be Developed

  • research skills
  • interview skills
  • analytical skills in assessing on-line and in-person interview responses
  • written presentation skills (through summarizing and communicating the study results and implications)

Project Location

Work could be mostly from Vancouver (phone interview and online research). An overnight visit is necessary so students will be able to interview residents in-person.

Preferred Days of Week and Hours

To be determined, based on student availability.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • Digging out and screening the beds in the Community Greenhouse
  • Shovelling compost and manure
  • Broom removal
  • Participate in a test kitchen
  • Participate in our Community Stock-up Market in set-up and take-down
  • Mulch garlic beds
  • Weed school garden

Expected Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Student will be able to...

  • develop their research skills;
  • identify local strategies for developing island food security strategies
  • practice written presentation and graphic skills;
  • apply and practice some interview skills

Organizational Outcomes

Galiano Community Food Program will gain...

  • a better understanding of the state of self-sufficiency and food security of island residents
  • strengthened ongoing relationship with UBC