Evidence of the holidays abounds as you enter the Garden Pantry Thrift store. Though, the growing season is slowing, creativity is still in full bloom here. We’ve been sprucing up the store with ornaments such as burlap stockings and canning ring garland (also used to decorate Cowichan Green Community’s Christmas Tree in City Square).
The KinPark Youth Urban Farm partnership with the Vancouver Island University Workplace Employability Skills Training (WEST) program has been a huge help for our holiday decorating and gift making. The class has been making dough ornaments, burlap prayer flags, food gifts in jars such as layered soups, as well as adding holiday flare to the KinPark canned goods. All are for sale in the store and make perfect gifts! There’s also a fresh batch of kale chips, from frost-sweetened KinPark Blue Vates curly kale. Yum!
In addition, we will also have our Garden Pantry Thrift Store Gift Certificates for sale. Gift Certificates can be applied to in store purchases and towards workshop registration.
On December 19 there will be a draw for a gingerbread farm, made at the KinFarm Family Drop-in. Come by to see our creation and to enter the draw! To enter the draw, simply make a purchase at the Garden Pantry Thrift Store. For each purchase made, customers will get one ticket for the draw.
If you’re looking for other sources of green gift giving inspiration, here’s a few ideas that might help you enjoy a greener holiday. Thanks Diane for the inspiration!
1.) Buy local food. The Duncan Farmers’ Market runs all year long.
2.) Don’t leave your house without your re-usable shopping bag.
3.) Make your own wrapping paper or gift bags. Host a potato stamping party and encourage others to make their own holiday wrapping.
4.) Save a tree. Decorate you favourite potted plant. At CGC’s office, we dec-out our Norfolk Pine. If you find yourself missing the scent of pine, harvest a few boughs to hang in your house or to make a festive wreath.
5.) Swap out old holiday lights for LEDs.
6.) Gift an experience. Who wouldn’t love a night out, a massage, or a ticket to a local event (i.e., a cooking class with a local chef, theatre, tours…there’s plenty of options in the Cowichan.)
7.) Give back to your community. Donate or volunteer for a local non-profit society. If you’re interested in donating or volunteering with the Cowichan Green Community, there are several ways that you can get involved. Check us out online or contact one of our staff for more details: 250-748-8506.