The Choi Project

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The Choi Project puts healthy, local, real food back on the Chinese dinner table.

Did you know most of the Asian produce we buy in BC is imported? That means before choi* lands on your dinner table, it uses a lot of fossil fuels to get there and loses nutrition along the way. Concerned about our health and the environment, we launched The Choi Project to empower our families and communities to take part in local food movement. We wanted our daikon, pea shoots and choy sum to be BC grown and pesticide-free, but we didn’t know where to find it. We wanted to be able to fill our market tote bags at Chinatown and serve that food to our families knowing how it was grown and prepared. The Choi Project looks at the food you eat, where you buy it, and how to cook it. Read on to learn more about our Seasonal Choi Guide, our small business partnerships, and our cooking workshops.


SEASONAL CHOI GUIDE

Our free, multilingual Seasonal Choi Guide tells you which Chinese choi are grown in BC and when they’re in season. Features watercolour illustrations by Janice Wu. Learn more.

SMALL BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS

We offer signage for Chinese grocery stores that help consumers know what’s healthy and in-season. We’re working to support family-owned stores in Chinatown by making it easier for shoppers to find tasty, nutritious produce that’s also more sustainable. Learn more.

COOKING WORKSHOPS

Our community cooking workshops teach you how to prepare traditional Chinese dishes that are locally sourced, healthy, and approved by Grandma. Learn more.

SPROUTING CHOI GROWING WORKSHOPS

On a farm in the city, we teach the skills to grow Chinese vegetables in a community garden, backyard, or apartment balcony. Learn more.

SPROUTING CHOI 101 – A GROWING GUIDE

To encourage beginner gardeners, we created an approachable guide that outlines the keys to growing your own food. Learn more.