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Friday, July 24, 2009

Year 'Round Harvesting Workshop

Vancouver Community Agriculture Network (VCAN) and the Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA) are again co-hosting a FREE workshop on year-round harvesting.

Come learn how to design your garden so you can enjoy it all year long. Free seedlings and seeds will be given away too.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 4
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Location: Eco-Pavilion in the Strathcona Community Gardens (Prior and Hawks).
Reservations: Email hartley@eya.ca

Monday, July 20, 2009

Winter Gardening at CCG

Cedar Cottage Community Garden will be hosting a Winter Gardening Workshop,

Date: Saturday August 8th
Time: 10:30am - end time TBA
Location: Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House
Address: 4065 Victoria Drive
Registration: Email Simon at dash.rockmore@gmail.com

The workshop is open to all and will be led by Sharon Hanna, a regular contributor to GardenWise magazine (her blog is available at: gardenwiseonline.ca/shanna. She suggested this date since early August is the perfect time to get your beds ready for winter planting! It seems a long way off with all this beautiful weather, but early planning makes for a successful winter.

The workshop will start at the neighbourhood house and then move to the garden site so that we can have some hands-on learning.

Admission is by donation.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Farmhouse Farm Summer Permaculture Workshops and Courses

Permaculture Water Conservation Strategies – July 18th

This one-day workshop will focus on Permaculture concepts for water conservation in the home and garden. Participants will learn foundation concepts and strategies for reducing water consumption, and will have the chance to work on one or all three of a series of water conservation, filtration, and recycling systems that we’ll be building.

July 18th, 10.00 am to 4.30pm.

Pay-What-You-Feel, suggested donation $75 – $120.

Introduction to Permaculture

A two-day (12 hour) course that will present the ethics, principles, and strategies of Permaculture as a design methodology for creating self-sustaining human systems. Topics will include Permaculture ethics and principles, the importance of design, climate and landscape factors, site analysis, closed-loop system design, input/output analysis, functional analysis, forest gardening, and Permaculture in social and economic systems.

Two separate sessions will be offered, July 25th-26th, and August 22nd-23rd.

Pat-What-You-Feel, suggested donation $135 – $285.

As always, workshops are offered on a pay-what-you-feel basis and trades/barters are always welcome. Mutually supportive relationships create abundance for all.

TO REGISTER EMAIL: farmhousefarm (at) gmail (dot) com.


Monday, July 6, 2009

Sunday, July 12th, 11 am - 1 pm: FREE Tours of Community Gardens

Join gardeners at 16 different community gardens on July 12th, between 11 am and 1 pm, as they tour you through Vancouver's hidden gems. These free personalized tours have been developed to supplement a new brochure outlining self-guided walking or biking routes created by the City. The brochure encourages people of all ages to discover Vancouver’s rich network of community gardens through 8 individual self-guided routes. With 44 gardens to see, the walks lead you from the oldest gardens to the newest, the smallest to largest. Each route is less than 3 km one-way, and takes in 3 to 6 gardens, all with their own unique character. Some routes are close enough to one another that you can combine a few in one day.

On the July 12th, between 11 am and 1 pm, you can find personalized guides at the following 16 community gardens:

* Strathcona (Hawks & Prior)
* Cottonwood (Hawks & Malkin)
* Hastings Street Folk Garden (117 - 123 East Hastings)
* Jacob's Well (449 East Hastings)
* My Own Backyard - MOBY (East 11th, east of Commercial Dr.)
* Cedar Cottage (Hull & Victoria Dr.)
* Means of Production (St. Catherine & East 6th)
* Sahali ((Fraser & East 8th)
* Grandview (Grandview Hwy & Woodland Dr.)
* City Hall North Lawn (West 10th & Cambie)
* Tea Swamp (East 15th & Sophia)
* Nelson Park (1100 Comox St.)
* Cypress (West 6th, Burrard - Cypress)
* Pine (West 6th, Burrard to Fir)
* Urban Acres (West 1st & Fir)
* World in A Garden (West 57th & East Blvd.)

Brochures can be found at libraries, community centres, garden centres, City Hall rotunda, and Vancouver’s farmers markets. For more information about community gardens and the walks, visit www.vancouver.ca/gardens. You can also download tours directly by clicking here.

Original notice came from,

Andrew Pask
Social Policy | Social Development Department