Community Gardens AGM Coming Up

Spring is here! It’s once again time for the Nanaimo Community Gardens Society (NCGS) to hold its Annual General Meeting to get ready for the growing season ahead.

Construction on the new Greenhouse site at Beban Park has been completed and plans are underway for a grand opening celebration open to the public. More information on this will be presented at the Annual General Meeting.

All interested community members are invited to attend the Society’s AGM on Sunday Feb 26th from 2:30 to 3:30pm to learn more about how to participate in programs and activities such as gleaning, greenhouse growing and hands-on gardening. The event will include a presentation and report on society programs and activities from 2016 and the presentation of the 2017 budget.

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Seedy Sunday March 5, 2017

Join Us for Nanaimo’s Spring Seed & Garden Show!

  • Date: Sunday, March 5th, 2017, Time: 10am – 3pm
  • Location: Nanaimo District Senior Secondary School
    355 Wakesiah Avenue Nanaimo (corner of Wakesiah and 3rd )
  • Admission: $3.00
  • Contact: Glenda 250-618-6323


  • Seed exchange
  • 9 free workshops included in admission
  • 60+ Exhibitors – Want to exhibit? Contact us at
  • Local, BC, open-pollinated, organic and natural seeds for sale
  • Seedlings, plants, small fruits, succulents for sale
  • Displays
  • Garden & food products
  • Fertilizers
  • Kids’ activities
  • Master Gardeners
  • Seedy Cafe

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Growing Organic Food Course offered in Parksville

Connie Kuramoto
Course instructor Connie Kuramoto
Canadian Organic Growers (COG) is offering the Growing Organic Food course in Central Vancouver Island this spring! This is a new venture of COG’s after having great success with the Organic Master Gardener course. This course focuses solely on growing food, making it ideal for people that want to have bountiful gardens &/or maintain gardens for communities of people. 

If you are concerned about where your food comes from, what’s on it, or you just want to learn the how to grow your own food – this course is for you! Going beyond organic gardening – beyond permaculture – we will mentor you through an entire food growing season so you can gain the essential gardening skills and the confidence to grow most of your own food. Grow an abundance of healthy, nutritious, and delicious food this year and ensure you and your family are getting the best nutrition possible.

  • Dates: February 8 to October 14, days and times vary. For a full class schedule please visit our website
  • Location: Parksville Museum, 1245 East Island Highway, Parksville, BC
  • Registration: $750+GST

More details and contact information are available by visiting

Certified Organic Associations of BC Conference and AGM

The Certified Organic Associations of BC (COABC) has its annual conference and AGM coming up this month, Feb 24-26th. The conference will be at the Coast Bastion Hotel on Snuneymuxw Territory in Nanaimo.

COABC conference logoNicolas Peterson from the Lower Nicola Indian Band will be the keynote speaker. He will be speaking to our theme for this year’s conference, Relationships in Transition: Land, Livestock, Waterways, and Community. There will also be a roundtable discussion to share perspectives across cultures about indigenous foods.

Session summaries and the conference program are available on the COABC website.

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Home Grown Employability Skills Training Program

Applications are open for Foodshare’s Employability skills training programs:

This program opens doors for youth by teaching the basics of small-scale agriculture, horticulture, and food preparation.

Nanaimo Foodshare: Local Food MattersFARM TEAM and HOME GROWN
Farm Team runs February 20th/2017 – March 31/2017
Home Grown runs April 18/2017 – September 8/ 2017
Group training and on-the job work experience in the Agriculture, Horticulture, Food Service, Hospitality Fields.

For more information please visit

First Phase of Greenhouse Project Almost Complete

Progress Report

Here it is, January  2017, and we are delighted to report much progress on our greenhouse project.

It was the middle of August before we obtained our building permit and a few days later, just after the VIEX, a gigantic truck delivered all the pieces that would become our greenhouse.

GH parts finally arrive
GH parts finally arrive
GH arches being unloaded
Arches being unloaded

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