Volunteer Appreciation Dinner and Workshop

Sunday November 8, from 2:30-4:30pm
Nanaimo Association for Community Living (NACL)
88 Victoria Crescent
downtown Nanaimo

Hello community gardens members and supporters. You are cordially invited to attend the Nanaimo Community Gardens Society Volunteer Appreciation Potluck

We would love to see you there so that we can thank you in person for the work you have done for our community. Before we get started on planning another busy growing season, we want to take time to reflect on 2015 and those who made it so successful.

This event will be held on Sunday November 8, from 2:30-4:30pm at Nanaimo Association for Community Living (NACL) at 88 Victoria Crescent in downtown Nanaimo.

We will be starting with a workshop on seed saving by Jen Cody. Jen is a local farmer and seed saver who has been active with the Central Island Seed Savers, the BC Food Systems Network and is currently participating in carrot seed research. Jen will speak about the importance of seed saving and will give pointers to experienced and novice seed savers alike about how to successfully save various types of seed. If you have questions be sure to come to this workshop and have them answered.

The workshop will be followed by a potluck and there will be plenty of time to chat will fellow volunteers and supporters. While there will be no formal ceremony, there will be door prizes for volunteers.

Come join us to meet board members, hear the latest news from Community Gardens, enjoy good food and meet your fellow volunteers. Please bring a dish to share.

RSVP would be appreciated to ensure we have enough space for all wishing to attend.

Upcoming classes

We’ve got some seminars coming up that you might be interested in:

  • Garden Teas and Brews
    October 17, 2015
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to brew and use compost tea, manure tea, EM (effective micro-organisms) in your garden to produce healthy, disease-resistant plants. Bring a couple of containers to bring home samples of these rich and effective brews.
    Instructor: Connie Kuramoto
    Fee $10

  • Basic Fruit Tree Pruning
    February 6, 2016
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Back by popular demand, our expert pruner will show you how to care for young and old fruit trees in your yard. This is the workshop to attend to get hand-on learning in basic pruning techniques. Bring your pruners, a camera or notebook and all of your questions.
    Instructor: Scott Wiskerki
    Fee: $10

  • Advanced Fruit Tree Pruning
    March 12, 2016
    10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    For those who have some experience or have taken an earlier workshop. Our expert pruner will show you how to tackle more difficult situations with hands-on learning. Also fin our about pest control and dormant oil spraying. Please bring a lunch and your own set of pruners.
    Instructor: Scott Wiskerki
    Fee: $10

All classes are held at the Pine Street garden: 271 Pine St.

All classes require pre-registration: Check the City of Nanaimo Activity Guide, page 104, for more information on how to register.

Greenhouse fund receives $40K grant

News Links

Gardens society ready to put down roots at Beban Park
Nanaimo News Bulletin, Sept. 9, 2015

Beban Park gets new greenhouses
Nanaimo Daily News, Sept. 9, 2015

Our greenhouse fund has received a big boost in the form of a $40,000 grant from the Federated Co-operatives Limited Community Spaces program. And we’re in the running to receive an additional $25,000 from the same program. 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, combined with the new funds, that means we can start the next phase of the project.

There are 16 organizations in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba that received the 2015 Community Spaces awards, with amounts ranging from $25,000 to $90,000. Each organization applied for a grant within one of the categories: recreation, environmental conservation, or urban agriculture. Obviously, our application was made within the urban agriculture category. The Community Spaces program, according to the Co-op’s website, “has been developed to help protect, beautify and improve spaces across Western Canada.”

But, while the $40K has been given to us, and is in the bank, we need your help to get the additional $25,000. Of those 16 organizations that received grants, four, one from each of the western provinces, have been selected to compete for that $25K. The competition is all online: it’s people – you – voting for us to receive the money. The organization that receives the most votes, before Friday, September 25, will receive the $25K.

Here’s what to do:
Vote on the web
(Note: You need to have a Facebook account to vote on the web.)

  • Click on this link to go to the Community Spaces voting website
  • On the page that comes up, you will see the four competing organizations listed under the heading “Our Finalists”. We are at the top left. votingSelection
  • Click “Select” under “Nanaimo Greenhouse Project”
  • Fill in the form at the bottom of the page.
  • You will be taken to the Facebook login page; you must log in with your Facebook account.
  • You should now see a “Thanks for voting!” page.
  • Well Done! And Thank You!

Vote via email
Contact the Community Gardens administrator, Lee, at leehaleys@hotmail.com for instructions.

And Hey! You can vote more than once!. In fact, you can vote once every day. Make it your daily routine with your morning coffee or tea. Go to the Community Spaces voting website every day until Sept. 25 and vote for the Nanaimo Greenhouse Project.

Greenhouse update

2015 is the last year we will be operating in our present greenhouse, but we are working hard and negotiating with local authorities to set up another site so we can continue to offer seedlings to the community in 2016.

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