We are working on a few new projects simultaneously. The CEED Centre Farm Market has been running on Thursdays since May with Paula Justus heading up the performance stage. It will continue until September 28.
Home Depot has graciously agreed to help us renew our aging fence beside the performance stage on September 13. All hands are welcome to assist. We will also be installing the gorgeous benches built with oak slabs gifted by John Wakita and built by Gerry Pinel. They will become the centerpiece of a Japanese rock garden at the front of the Centre, where members of the public can sit in the shade of the cherry blossoms. Two bulletin boards, one for our programs and one for public use, will also get built nearby.
On September 12, we will launch a School Pantry Project to deliver fresh produce from local farms to school children. This is a pilot project to enhance local food security and create the start of an institutional market for small farmers. We are still recruiting additional farms in the Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows area that can offer farm shares for 10 weeks in autumn and 10 weeks in spring.
Over the next few years, we plan to research and display interpretive materials to tell the story of the Japanese Canadian settlers who homesteaded and farmed in the Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows area up until 1942. These settlers once comprised about one-third of the population. While the fishing narrative is well documented, there are few traces left of the farming community after the Internment of almost 22,000 Japanese Canadian citizens in the coastal area.
And as usual, we will offer our free weekly programs--the Seniors Activity Group (SAGE), CEED Centre Art Group, Wednesday Community Discussions, Community Computer Program, Sewing CEEDlings--and the regular drop-in services in the CEED Centre Neighbourhood House.
You will also find us out in the community at GETI Fest on September 16th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Memorial Peace Park, at Rivers Days in Allco Park on September 24th from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm, and at the Healing Journey Continues Through Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm at Memorial Peace Park. See you there.