Spring 2014 Workshops

Spring registration for workshops at Trout Lake Community Centre is now open! Head to the TLCC website to sign up.

Lots of kids workshops this time around and our first pickling workshop! See full list below:

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Family DIY Night – March 27

family Lit night posterA fun event for families is just around the corner at Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House! Bring the kids down on March 27th from 6-8pm to enjoy a meal and activities for just $5. The topic of this month’s DIY event is Growing a Garden, so staff from the CCFN will be there to help out and meet everyone.

For more information, called Sharnelle or Natalie at (604) 874-4231.

 

What to plant when (and where) – April 5

SeedySat0405On March 1st, the Kensington-Cedar Cottage Seed Sharing Library lent out its first seeds. Now, we’re ready to hold our next Seedy Saturday event: What to plant when (and where)!

Join us April 5th from 11am-1pm at the Kensington branch of the Vancouver Public Library (1428 Cedar Cottage Mews) to learn about the following from our knowledgeable instructor:

  • when to sow seeds directly into the ground
  • when to transplant your starts
  • companion planting (which plants do well next to each other)
  • permaculture principles (overall garden design)
Please pre-register for this workshop to guarantee your spot: kccplant.eventbrite.ca. These free tickets are going to move quickly so get yours today!
Seeds will be available once again and it sounds like we may even have some starts available by donation. Be sure to bring something to take notes with, as our presenter has a ton of knowledge to share. See you there!

Produce Available – March 15th

Make sure to head down to this Saturday’s mobile market locations to stock up on this week’s featured item: Ambrosia Apples. From 10:30am-12:30pm, we’ll be at Brant Villa (25th Ave and Nanaimo St.) and from 2-4pm, we’ll be at Culloden Court (47th Ave and Knight St). Look for the following vegetables on our tables this Saturday and don’t forget to sample some of the delicious recipes at Culloden Court’s tasting kitchen.

  • Ambrosia apples (grown in BC – did you know that they originated in BC?)
  • Avocados
  • Bosc pears (grown in Wash)
  • Tangelos (grown in California)
  • Mangoes
  • Broccoli (grown in California)
  • Red cabbage (grown in California)
  • Cauliflower (organic)
  • Purple potatoes (grown in Washington)
  • Butternut squash
  • Baby bok choy (grown in California)

See you at the market!

Vancouver Youth Food Policy Council looking for members

The Vancouver Youth Food Policy Council is looking for young people enthusiastic about food systems to become contributing members. Play a key part in the development of this newly created council and have a say in terms of local food policy in Vancouver. Here is the message from organizers Cassandra and Annie:

“We relish the fact that you carrot ignore this exciting opportunity…

What is it, you may ask? We are looking for youth (anyone under age 25) to take part in developing a Vancouver Youth Food Policy Council! We are hosting a brainstorm session in either late March or early April and would love for you to join us. This is a great opportunity to get involved with the community on sharing knowledge and experiences and identifying ways together on how to build a resilient and accessible food system for EVERYONE.

Please contact cassandraaly[at]gmail[dot]com and aliang55[at]gmail[dot]com if you are interested or if you have any further questions and we will be sure to send over some more details and information. We look forward to chatting and meeting you!”

Produce Available – March 8

Citrus season is in full bloom down south, so make sure to head down to this week’s mobile market locations to stock up on this week’s featured item: Tangelos. From 10:00am-12:00m, we’ll be at Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House (Victoria Dr and 23rd Ave) and from 2-4pm, we’ll be at Orchard Park (Nanaimo St and 45th ave). Look for the following vegetables on our tables this Saturday and don’t forget to sample some of the delicious recipes at Orchard Park’s tasting kitchen.

A Tangelo, hybrid of a tangerine and a grapefruit. Photo courtesy of Grower Jim

A Tangelo, hybrid of a tangerine and a grapefruit. Photo courtesy of Grower Jim

  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Mangoes
  • Tangelos
  • Anjou Pears (grown in Washington)
  • Broccolli crowns
  • Red Onions (grown in Washington)
  • Parsnip (grown in BC)
  • Gai Choy (grown in California)
  • Cauliflower (grown in California)
  • Collard Green (organic)
  • Brown Mushrooms (grown in BC)

See you at the market!

Seedy Saturday tomorrow!

seeeeeedsTomorrow is the opening of the Kensington-Cedar Cottage Seed Sharing Library! Come to the Vancouver Public Library – Kensington branch (1428 Cedar Cottage Mews near Knight and Kingsway) from 10am-12pm March 1st to pick up some seeds for this season, share ones you’ve saved, and meet other neighbours. Refreshments will be served and the event is free of charge. See you all there!