Beban Learning Gardens Official Opening Sat Apr 29th

Thanking sponsors, unveiling new signs, tree planting, guided tours, children’s activities, free plants or coupons, plant sale, raffle and music. All welcome from 1:30 to 3:00 pm Saturday April 29th, 2017 at the Beban Learning Garden at Beban Park (beside the golf course with parking in the overflow lot), 2300 Bowen Rd. For info call 250-816-GROW (4769).

There is a brand new greenhouse at Beban Park! The Nanaimo Community Gardens Society built this greenhouse in late 2016 with help from sponsors, local businesses and volunteers. The large greenhouse and the surrounding area, known as the Beban Learning Gardens, are now ready to be unveiled to the public. This new garden is operated by Nanaimo Community Gardens to provide a place for education about growing organic food locally. Education will take place weekly at this site in the form of field trips, workshops, hands-on volunteerism, tours and plant sales. (more…)

Plant Sales

With a brand new greenhouse, volunteers have been growing seedlings to sell and share with the community. These volunteers will be selling an ever-changing variety of plants and seeds every Wednesday through April and May to mid June from 10am to noon at the Beban Park Greenhouse site beside the pitch and putt golf course. For more information on how to find the site please contact Take this opportunity to see the new site and talk to the volunteers about what’s going on at the Beban Learning Gardens.

Currently available seedlings which are able to be transplanted outsider right now include lettuce, cress, arugula, herbs, kale, broccoli, Swiss chard, pac choi and some spring bulbs.  Beginning in late April/May/June, there will be leeks, onions, and other heat lovers including tomatoes, peppers, cukes, squash tomatillos, etc.

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

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