New Gleaning Orientation Date added for Chinese speakers

There will be a final orientation for the Gleaning Program that will be a slower pace and someone will be on hand to translate into Chinese. This may be a good orientation to attend if you need to have the information shared with more care and deliberation. There will be hands-on ladder and picking demonstrations. You do not need to register in advance. This will be held Saturday June 18th at 10:30am and may run slightly longer than the usual 1-hour orientations.

If you are a returning gleaner, you can use this as an opportunity to arrive a bit early and take care of your paperwork.

Gleaning Orientation Dates set for 2016

Orientation dates have been set! Please attend one of the orientation dates below to join the program. You do not have to pre-register for a session – just show up! Remember to bring your membership fee (sliding scale $10-$25) and any friends or family that want to glean with you. All your questions will be answered at these one-hour sessions. We are holding orientation sessions earlier in the year that previously as we are anticipating an earlier crop of fruit this year. Wednesday June 1st 4pm-5pm

  • Saturday June 4th 10am-11am
  • Monday June 6th 6pm-7pm
  • Friday June 10th 2pm-3pm
  • Sunday June 12th noon-1pm
  • Tuesday June 14th 3pm-4pm


Home Depot Team builds raised beds for Beban Park Site

ReceIMG_0880ntly, the Nanaimo Home depot donated the supplies and arranged for the donation of a pallet of Sea Soil to build 5 raised garden beds for the Nanaimo Community GIMG_0871 (4)ardens Society.

A team of volunteers from the Nanaimo Home Depot donated their time to build the beds.

These beds will be used at the Beban Park Greenhouse location to grow food for volunteers.

We would like to thank Home Depot and Seas Soil for their generosity for helping us achieve our goal to the the site ready to provide education to the public in 2016IMG_0892.

Thank you Home Depot volunteers


Greenhouse update

Our greenhouse fund recently received a big boost in the form of a $40,000 grant from the Federated Co-operatives Limited Community Spaces program. We were in the running to win an extra $25 000 from Community Spaces but lost by a narrow margin. Thanks to all those who voted for our cause! The greenhouse fund will be used to build our new greenhouses in Beban Park. We recently signed a 10-year lease with the City of Nanaimo for space in the park and this new grant combined with the Volunteers in Parks grant of $25 000 from the City means we can start the next phase of the project.

We are happy to announce that the Nanaimo Foundation recently approved our grant application and we received $15 000 for this year and will receive the same amount in 2017.  Thank you very much, Nanaimo Foundation!

Our Building Committee has put a deposit on a greenhouse from B
W Greenhouse in Abbotsford.

A site plan has been drawn up.NCGS - Rendered Site Plan_1to100 (2016.02.18)


The lawn-bowling green has been filled and rolled ready for construction. (See photo.)


After 15 years at the RDN greenhouses off Hammond Bay Rd. we have moved to our new site. Volunteers are looking forward to doing a limited amount of gardening in Spring 2016, as construction will hopefully be underway.

Help us build our new greenhouses! Learn more about the new site we’ve chosen and how we’re going to get there.