Mobile Market Summer Food Swap

The summer season means a lot of us are planting and growing our own fruits and veggies. It also makes it the perfect opportunity to swap produce with fellow mobile market go-ers!

Come and join us at the mobile markets on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month and exchange your homegrown produce with your neighbours or even us. This event will only run from now until September, so make sure to spread the word and bring a friend!

 

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July 14th Canning Workshop at Copley Orchard

 

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This event takes place on unceded and occupied Coast Salish territory, specifically that of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and mi ce:p kʷətxʷiləm (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

As a part of this months Copley Orchard work party, Cedar Cottage Food Network has organized an on-site berry preservation and canning workshop facilitated by Elizabeth Wise.

This FREE workshop will be from 10:30-12:00, and will include all the basics of jam making and general preservation tips, as well as a hand-out to take home along with a small jar of jam!

***Please email ccfneducation@gmail.com to register.

Visit the facebook event here

About the Facilitator::::
Elizabeth has been working within the urban farming community of East Vancouver for 10 years.

With a huge garden of her own and working as a director of the Three Feet Below Canning Coop she has a wealth of knowledge in reducing waste through preservation.

A graduate of the Kwantlen farm school you may have seen Elizabeth working around town with local farmers at both the winter and summer markets.
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As always, come prepared to do some hands on work, bring water and dress for the weather!

Note: The work party runs from 10:00- 2:00pm with a break for a potluck lunch at 1pm. You are more than welcome to come for the whole duration and get to know the community of gardeners who take care of the orchard.
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What is Copley Orchard all about? —> Copley Community Orchard is an urban orchard located in Vancouver, British Columbia. It is a place to celebrate the benefits of growing fruit trees, berry bushes and other perennial plants, educating people on their cultivation, and creating a beautiful and productive space accessible to all. Visit http://www.copleycommunityorchard.com/ for more info and to get involved !

** Accesibility: This workshop will be at the Copley Community Orchard. Major paths are accessible, but much of the terrain is not.

For more information please contact ccfneducation@gmail.com

Seed Saver’s Meet-up #3

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Interested in seed security in your community? Want to learn how to save seeds and join in a growing community of people wanting to share their knowledge, their passions, and their seeds? The Cedar Cottage Food Network, in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library – Kensington branch has teamed up for the second season of our seed saving group in Cedar Cottage.

Join us for our third meet-up of the season. We will learn how to thresh and winnow using kale seeds and share seed saving and gardening tips. This will also function as an ongoing seed swap so bring your extra seeds and seedlings to share with the community.

No previous experience needed, and no garden needed!

Visit our facebook event here

**This is a monthly series, stay tuned for info on these upcoming meet-ups. All will be at Kensington Library from 11am-1pm:

August 18th
September 15th
October 20th
November 17th

All Things Weeds n’ Water Workshop

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As a part of this months Copley Orchard work party, Cedar Cottage Food Network is facilitating a workshop on simple and effective weeding and watering techniques.

We will do some sheet mulching, make a mulch pit to help the trees conserve water in the summer months and learn to identify some common ‘invasive’, medicinal and edible weeds.

Details: June 9th, 10:30am-12:00pm at Copley Orchard – map here 
Note: The work party runs from 10:00- 2:00pm with a break for a potluck lunch at 1pm. You are more than welcome to come for the whole duration and get to know the community of gardeners who take care of the orchard.

Come prepared to do some hands on work, bring water and dress for the weather!

What is Copley Orchard all about? —> Copley Community Orchard is an urban orchard located in Vancouver, British Columbia. It is a place to celebrate the benefits of growing fruit trees, berry bushes and other perennial plants, educating people on their cultivation, and creating a beautiful and productive space accessible to all.

Visit http://www.copleycommunityorchard.com/ for more info and to get involved !

** Accesibility: This workshop will be at the Copley Community Orchard. Major paths are accessible, but much of the terrain is not.

This event takes place on unceded and occupied Coast Salish territory, specifically that of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and mi ce:p kʷətxʷiləm (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

For more information please contact cedarcottagefoodnetwork@gmail.com, or visit the facebook event page here

Seed Savers Meet-up #2

winnowingInterested in seed security in your community? Want to learn how to save seeds and join in a growing community of people wanting to share their knowledge, their passions, and their seeds? The Cedar Cottage Food Network, in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library – Kensington branch has teamed up for the second season of our seed saving group in Cedar Cottage.

Join us for our second meet-up of the season. We will discuss the why’s and how’s of saving seeds, check up on our seedlings, and plant some tomatoes! This will also function as an ongoing seed swap so bring your extra seeds and seedlings to share with the community.

No previous experience needed, and no garden needed!

*Location Note: We will meet at Kensington Library, but we will also be spending time at Kingscrest Community Garden. Come prepared to do some weeding and planting and please dress for the weather.

**This is a monthly series, stay tuned for info on these upcoming meet-ups. All will be at Kensington Library from 11am-1pm:
July 7th
August 18th
September 5th
October 20th
November 17th

Intergenerational Gardening Project

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The Intergenerational Gardening Project is a Cedar Cottage Food Network initiative aiming to connect youth and seniors through a shared gardening experience. Interested youth will be trained in gardening basics in late May and early June, and then during the summer will connect with seniors in the community who could use an extra hand and spend time applying those new skills.

For Youth ages 12-17:
Youth training workshops will be held at the Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House on May 25th and June 8th from 3:30 – 4:30.

Topics will include:
Seed starting, soil make-up and amendments, transplanting, weeding, companion planting, beneficial insects/pollinator information and more!
Youth are strongly encouraged to attend at least 1 work party during the summer.

* No gardening experience is necessary!

Please email ccfneducation@gmail.com to register or for more information.

For Seniors:
This season we will be looking for 4 seniors in the Cedar Cottage/Kensington community with gardens in their yard to participate in the program. The seniors must be comfortable having a large group of people in their yard. All materials will be provided.

Please email ccfneducation@gmail.com to register or for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

First Seed Savers Meet-up of 2018!

VPL - KEN - SEED SAVERS MEETUP - 1ST SESSION - MAY 12 2018Interested in seed security in your community? Want to learn how to save seeds and join in a growing community of people wanting to share their knowledge, their passions, and their seeds? The Cedar Cottage Food Network, in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library – Kensington branch has teamed up for the second season of our seed saving group in Cedar Cottage.

Join us for our first meet-up of the season as we plant our seed crops at Kingscrest Community Garden. We will discuss the why’s and how’s of saving seeds, and learn about soil and the basics of planting. This will also function as an ongoing seed swap so bring your extra seeds and seedlings to share with the community.

No previous experience needed, and no garden needed! See our facebook event here

Location Note: We will meet at Kensington Library, but will be spending most of our time at Kingscrest Community Garden. Come prepared to do some weeding and planting and please dress for the weather.

This is a monthly series, stay tuned for info on these upcoming meet-ups. All will be at Kensington Library from 11am-1pm:
June 2nd
July 7th
August 18th
September 15th
October 20th
November 17th

 

Seedy Saturday: Engaging Kids with Gardening

file-page1Hi folks! Just a reminder that our upcoming Seedy Saturday: Engaging Kids with Gardening is just a little over a week away! We still have spots available for this free workshop! You can register online or in person at the Vancouver Public Library — Kensington Branch. Hope to see you there!

Seedy Saturday: Engaging Kids with Gardening July 16th

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Join the Cedar Cottage Food Network and the Vancouver Public Library for the fourth of our 2016 Seedy Saturday workshop series. Each event includes a workshop on a gardening topic and a seed swap.

This interactive workshop for parents/caregivers and children has two parts:

Firstly, join us for a garden-related Storytime at the Kensington branch of the Vancouver Public Library. At Storytime, parents and caregivers are supported in their roles as their children’s first and most important teachers and shown ways to share language with them. Lastly, participants will move across the street to join gardening instructor Frankie Filippelli for some fun activities at the Kingcrest Community Garden. These activities can be transferred to home gardens where the adults and their kids can continue learning together.

This workshop has very limited space so please pre-register. This workshop is for families with children ages 3-7 (no more than 2 children per family at this time).

This event is free but seating is limited so please pre-register online or in person at the library branch. Light refreshments will be available. The facility is wheelchair accessible.

See you there!