Workshops

2018 Gardening Workshops

After a two year hiatus this season I have two gardening workshop series taking place. Woot! Woot!

The first is in partnership with the Italian Cultural Centre in East Vancouver. You can sign up for either or both of the workshops:

Grow a Great Organic Veggie Garden
Saturday, May 12, 1-2:30 pm

Maximize Your Veggie Harvest & Seed Saving Intro
Saturday, May 26, 1-2:30 pm

Just $25 per class, read the full description and register here.

The second series is for big and small people: Parents-and-Tots Garden Together. It will be indoor or outdoor depending on the weather and the activity that day.  This is a spin-off from the family-friendly gardening classes that I offered in the past.

Parents-and-Tots Garden Together
5, 1 hour sessions

  1. Soil: Good food starts here
  2. Growing food part 1: Veggie mania
  3. Growing food part 2: Fruit in the city
  4. Pests, pollinators & growing an ecosystem: Why organic approaches work
  5. Completing the cycle: Seed saving & cover cropping 

Suggested drop in fee of $10, but pay what you feel.

Babies, toddlers, kids, parents, grandparents and caregivers, all are welcome.

We’ll be learning, exploring, playing, laughing and talking together about how we can grow food in the city even with little time, little money and little people.

 

Detailed description

1.Soil: Good food starts here

What you’ll learn: fundamentals for how to build healthy soil

Hands-on activities: digging for worms & other wrigglers and simple soil tests

Take-aways:
– simple soil tests to find out your soil type
– how-to building healthy soil (compost, amendments & green manure explained)

 

2.Growing food part 1: Veggie mania

What you’ll learn: basics on choosing what to grow. Emphasis on easy-to-grow crops, kid favourites and techniques to save time and improve success

Hands-on activities: planting pea seeds; rainbow veggie tasting

Take-aways:
– vegetable planting calendar (from westcoast seeds)
– top choices for kids’ veggie gardens
– garden planning & crop rotation simplified


3.Growing food part 2: Fruit in the city

What you’ll learn: basics on growing the most popular family-friendly and compact fruit crops: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and dwarf trees.  

Hands-on activities: planting strawberries in pots; berry taste test

Take-aways:
– tips for growing berries
– tips for growing fruit trees in small spaces


4.Pests, pollinators & growing an ecosystem: Organic approaches to gardening 

What you’ll learn: go from focusing just on the food you’re growing to how you can create a mini-ecosystem that keeps your plants healthy & productive. The importance of soil microbes, pollinators and flowers will become clear!

Hands-on activities: flower arranging +/or mason bee houses

Take-aways:
– best plants for pollinators in the Pacific Northwest
– how to encourage a healthy soil microbial ecosystem
– trap plants, good pests and other tricks for thriving organic gardens
– flower and herb planting calendar (from westcoast seeds) 


5.Completing the cycle: Seed saving and cover crops 

What you’ll learn: You’ve had a great year in the garden, when fall arrives know what to do to prepare for next year from seed saving to protecting your soil from the winter rains.

Hands-on activities: seed threshing (small and large), seed fermentation, seed sorting

Take-aways:
– how to save seeds: dry and wet methods
– best cover crops for the Pacific Northwest
– timeline for fall and winter gardening