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Want to diversify your garden? Join the Vancouver Plant and Seed Exchange Network, an initiative of the Environmental Youth Alliance. Trade seeds, trade plants, and connect with local gardeners.

If you’re interested in seed saving, the Urban Seedkeepers Program may be for you. Through the program, EYA will train, educate, and support 20 individuals with growing space on how to save their own seeds. In exchange the seeds will be donated back to EYA for our Community Nursery Project. This is a great way for people to learn how to save their own seeds, contribute to biodiversity and our city’s seed security, and support EYA!

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Check out these upcoming workshops at the UBC Farm!

1) Food Security Primer with Robin Wheeler!

Saturday September 19, 10:00am-12:30pm

and

Saturday September 19, 2:00pm-4:30pm

~We’re booking two identical workshops because they are going to fill up fast!~


Course description:

This 2.5 hour workshop was designed to lead the individual to a place of greater resilience and resourcefulness, so they can then move into community based work.  We will discuss stockpiling, gleaning, working with farms, food preservation, reducing waste, intensive growing practices, community sharing and more.  Food security starts with the individual.

Date: Saturday September 19: 10am-12:30pm OR 2:00pm-4:30pm

Cost: $24 (plus $1.75 cent registration fee)

Registration:

Limited to 20 people.  Please register for the Morning Workshop HERE.  Please register for the Afternoon Workshop HERE.  **Please note that all UBC Farm Growing Season Workshops require advance payment.  Also,  our workshops sell out VERY quickly.  We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment.  There is great demand for our workshops, and unfortunately we can’t accomodate everyone. If the website says the workshop is full, it really is full.**

Presenter Bio:

Robin Wheeler is author of Food Security for the Faint of Heart. She has been actively supporting local agricultural for over 15 years. She operates Edible Landscapes, a plant nursery, and uses her property as a teaching garden for the Sustainable Living Arts School in Roberts Creek, BC. She is founder of the One Straw Society and is also author of Gardening for the Faint of Heart.

What to Bring: Pen, paper

Special Request:

Our presenter Robin is looking for a ride to the Farm from Kitsilano for the 10am workshop.  If you are registered for the workshop and you are able to offer her a ride please email Sarah at: ubcfarm.interns@gmail.com – we’ll be sending you home with a lovely bouquet of flowers!

2) Season-extension and winterizing strategies for the farm and garden

with Delisa Lewis!

Monday September 21, 5-7pm


Course description:
Celebrate the equinox at the UBC farm!  Get some experience and join the conversation on season extension and winterizing strategies for your small farm or garden.  We’ll use on-farm examples of season extension to launch our discussion of topics ranging from cover crops, fabric row covers, mulching, composts, and regional variety selection for over-wintering.  With the cooperation of the farm team and favorable weather, we plan to take on a small scale, hands-on winterizing project out in the fields.


Date: Monday Sept 21, (5-7pm)

Cost: $20 (plus $1.65 cent registration fee)

Registration:

Limited to 20 people.  Register on-line HERE**Please note that all UBC Farm Growing Season Workshops require advance payment.  Also,  our workshops sell out VERY quickly.  We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment.  There is great demand for our workshops, and unfortunately we can’t accomodate everyone. If the website says the workshop is full, it really is full.**


Presenter Bio: Delisa Lewis came to BC from the USA after many years as a small scale organic farmer and educator.  Delisa is passionate not only about growing delicious, healthy food, but also about growing new growers.  Delisa likes driving tractors very much and is currently a Phd Candidate in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.

What to Bring: Pen, paper, appropriate clothing for working outside

Growing Season Workshops: These events are part of the UBC Farm Growing Season Workshop Series.  Our goal is to connect sustainability and life-skills experts with our local community through accessible and affordable workshops.   Come join us for a workshop, gain new skills and knowledge, and help support the UBC Farm!

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NY Times food round-up

Photo by Tony Cenicola, From the New York Times

Saving money in the garden

Midwest farmers battered by rain

Guerilla gardening

Minimizing meat in your diet

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