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

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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!

Seedy Saturday: Garden care and seed saving – May 28

SeedySat05.28.16The Cedar Cottage Food Network and Vancouver Public Library – Kensington are proud to present our third workshop in the 2016 Seedy Saturday series: Garden care and seed saving. During this workshop, participants will learn about the essentials of garden maintenance throughout the season including watering (especially with summer restrictions on the way), harvesting, pest control, soil testing, and more! The instructor, Kim Del Valle Garcia, will also cover how and when to save seeds for next season (and to donate back to the seed library!). Seed saving is an important part of garden care, as it helps you plan for next season and maintain the heritage and biodiversity of seeds – it’s nice to know exactly what you’re planting and eating.

Seeds will once again be available through the seed library and our donation box will be on hand if you have some you’d like to share with others in the community. Although the event is free, registration is required either online or in person at the library branch. Light refreshments will be served.

Seedy Saturday : Permaculture 101 – April 16

SeedySaturday04.16Join the Cedar Cottage Food Network and the Vancouver Public Library for the second of our 2016 Seedy Saturday workshop series. Each event includes a workshop on a gardening topic and a seed swap.

For our second workshop, the focus will be an introduction to permaculture. Permaculture is a philosophy that encourages working with our natural environment instead of against it. For example, permaculture suggests grouping certain plants together in a mutually beneficial way (sometimes known as companion planting) instead of row planting. Permaculture can be similar to indigenous planting practices; as we know, First Nations peoples here in Vancouver, which is on unceded Coast Salish territories, are a wealth of knowledge in terms of growing food and medicine. Instructor Kim Del Valle Garcia, who teaches intensive permaculture courses at the Hastings Community Centre, will go over practical applications of this way of thinking. Introduce the 12 principles of permaculture in your garden this season!
Following the workshop, participants are welcome to take seeds from the Kensington-Cedar Cottage Seed Sharing Library. Donations of saved seeds are much appreciated! Please help keep our seed library stocked.

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!

Seedy Saturday: Starting seeds indoors – March 5

SeedySaturday03.16It’s back! Our Seedy Saturday workshop series in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library – Kensington branch is returning for the 2016 season and kicking off on March 5th.

Our first session will cover starting seeds indoors, an important skill for beginner and advanced gardeners alike. Instructor Tamiae Squibb will show participants how and when to start which seeds indoors (and which to sow directly), go over caring for the seeds, and discuss transplanting those little seedlings.

As always, our Seed Sharing Library will be open and full of seeds for participants to take home to experiment with in their gardens. We also accept donations of seeds – if you save seeds yourself and have extras, please bring some to share with everyone.

This workshop is free but seating is limited so please pre-register online or in person at the Kensington branch of the Vancouver Public Library. Light refreshments will be served.

See you there!

Seedy Saturday: Specialty Gardening – Nov. 21

SeedySat11.21.15Chickens and bees and mushrooms, oh my! If you’ve ever considered including these beneficial additions in your garden but don’t know where to start, this is the workshop for you.

Join the Cedar Cottage Food Network and the Vancouver Public Library – Kensington branch for this introductory workshop, the last of our Seedy Saturday workshop series for 2015, on November 21st from 11am-1pm.

Instructor Kim Del Valle Garcia has many years of experience with farming and permaculture. She has chickens and bees at home, and is familiar with bioremediation techniques, which involve mushrooms. She will discuss her experiences with these three garden helpers, explaining the benefits and challenges that she has faced.

The Kensington-Cedar Cottage Seed Sharing Library will be open at the event, if you would like to take home some seeds or donate ones you have saved.

The workshop is free but space is limited so please register at kccspecialty.eventbrite.ca. See you there!

New date: Seedy Saturday – Sept. 19

Our Seedy Saturday that was scheduled for last week has been pushed back to this Saturday, the 19th from 1-3pm. Again, the topic is covering preparing your garden for winter: fall planting, cover crops, beneficial insects, and more! Registration is at kccwinter.eventbrite.ca. See you there!