Volunteer Appreciation Potluck Nov 14, 6pm

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

Volunteer Appreciation Potluck and General Meeting

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 2019 and those that made it so successful.

This event will be held on Thursday November 14, from 6-8pm at Nanaimo Association for Community Living (NACL) at 88 Victoria Crescent in downtown Nanaimo.

We will start with the potluck at 6pm followed by a very short general meeting to approve the 2020 Community Gardens budget. After, we will share dessert and give out door prizes. There will be plenty of time to chat with fellow volunteers and supporters.

Come join us to meet board members, hear the latest news from Community Gardens, enjoy good food and meet your fellow volunteers. This is a good opportunity for gleaners and gardeners and their families to socialize. Please bring friends or family and a dish to share if you wish.

RSVP would be appreciated to ensure we have enough space for all wishing to attend. However, if you aren’t able to RSVP, please feel free to attend anyway. We’d love to see you!

Call Lee at 816-4769 for more information.

Seedy Sunday Event Coordinator Job Posting

Job Title: Seedy Sunday Event Coordinator
Commencement and Duration: December 1, 2019 – March 15, 2020
Contracted Rate: $3,250
Purpose: The Event Coordinator will coordinate a one day Seedy Sunday event and ensure it is a successful in engaging the community in a Seed and Garden vendor market, workshops and activities, and that the event is financially profitable, and reaches an attendance of 850 people.

Duties and Responsibilities:
· Meet with Seedy Sunday Committee on a regular basis and keep them informed of your progress
· Media and marketing of Seedy Sunday 2020
· Overall organization for the event including but not limited to:
Data management, process documentation
Registration of vendors and maintenance of vendor database
Book location and activities, including concession
Recruit, schedule, train and manage volunteers
Coordinate event activities including raffle, children’s programming, workshops
Coordinate the facility layout
Set up inside and outside spaces and signage
Event clean up
Financial management and final report, social media event posting

Required Skills and Qualifications:
· Experience in event planning
· Experience in engaging community partners
· Experience in marketing and social media
· Knowledge of Seedy Sunday, food and agriculture issues and non-profits
· Ability to work independently and cooperatively with multiple organizations and committee
· Criminal Record Check
· Basic computer skills as needed
· Strong organizational and communication skills
· Drivers’ License
Application Procedure: Please send a cover letter and resume to jen.cody@nanaimofoodshare.ca attention: Jen Cody, Executive Director or Fax: 250-753-9335

Lead Well donation from Island Savings

Island Savings, a division of First West Credit Union recognizes employees for their leadership in the community through the Lead Well program. Employees receive a $500 donation to a charity of their choice. The donation we received represented the award given to Lindsay Grill for her outstanding contributions to the community. Lindsay attended one of our work parties to present the donation of $500 to Nanaimo Community Gardens Society. Here, Lindsay presents her award to Lee Sanmiya and some young volunteers at the Wednesday work party at the Pine St Community Garden.

The donation will be used to continue our educational programming. This includes offering work parties, workshops, hands-on learning, tours and field trips at our two garden sites. Thanks Lindsay and the Island Savings Lead Well program.

Work Parties

Do you wanted to volunteer at one of the Nanaimo Community Gardens Society sites? There are no rental plots, instead we garden together doing whatever is needed depending on the site and the time of year.
At the Beban Learning Garden work parties are held Wednesdays between 10am and 12pm. This garden is located beside the golf course at Beban Park. This site includes a greenhouse, fruit trees and bushes and outdoor gardening beds. During the late winter and early spring, the focus is on maintaining the site and growing seedlings for sale and donating to the community. Later in the season, the greenhouse becomes too hot to work in and the focus is growing outdoors.
The Pine St Garden has work parties on Wednesdays from 11am to 3pm. To participate in these work parties, visit the Pine St Garden behind the Foodshare Centre at 271 Pine St. These work parties continue year round but tasks are very weather dependent. Volunteers have lunch together at 1pm so drop by , bring your lunch and join us for a wonderful meal in the garden.
For May and June there will also be Thursday work parties at the Pine St Garden from noon to 3pm. If these are successful, they may continue through the summer. If you have a group that wishes to attend the garden, this time may be ideal as it is less crowded and we will have a teacher leading the work parties. Please call if this is something that interests you at 250-816-4769.

Growing Food Course

Do you want to grow your own food? Improve your food security? Or make your garden more productive? Then the Growing Organic Food course is for you!
Canadian Organic Growers is offering the Growing Organic Food course. In this 11 week in-class and hands-on course students will learn about soil health, water management, propagating plants, food preservation and more!
Dates: May 30 to July 4
Location: Beban Learning Garden, Beban Park 2300 Bowen Rd. Nanaimo
Registration fee: $845 +tax – COG Members save $50!
To learn more visit https://www.cog.ca/growing-organic-food/ or email education@cog.ca

Fruit Trees Donated by Island Savings

Representatives Jenna Sutherland and Tammie Muir from Island Savings were on hand at a recent tree planting work party at the Beban Learning Gardens to present a cheque to Nanaimo Community Gardens Society. The cheque for $1,500 will to go towards the purchase of fruit trees for the site. The planting of young fruit trees, berry bushes and grape vines  has been planned since the site was first occupied. In the years to come, the fruits will supplement the production of vegetables, herbs and edible flowers on the site to be used in programs and event. Island Savings has been focusing on reducing paper use in their branches and wanted to reinvest those savings in the community with the planting of food producing trees. Thank you Island Savings!

Bee Time!

We took some time recently to take out the old tubes of mason bee cocoons and replace them with fresh, new paper tubes. These tubes are where the new female mason bees will lay their eggs, fully provisioned with pollen. These eggs will hatch and the larvae will eat and grow until they are large enough to spin a cocoon and wait out the cold winter all snug and cozy. In the spring the males hatch first and wait for the females. It is at this time that the mason bees provide their renowned pollinating services to flowering fruit trees. As you see in this picture, one of our youngest volunteers is helping to remove the old mason bee tubes and putting them in a special box where the bees can safely hatch out.  

Happy First Day of Spring 2019!

Beban Learning Gardens will begin selling starterplants on Wed., March 20, directly from ourgreenhouse in Beban Park, beside the golf course. Every Wednesday from 10 to noon, from now until June, you can come and buy vegie, herb, and beneficial and edible flower starter plants, grown as organically as we know how, right on our site. In an effort to help our friends the bees, we are also growing and selling plants that are the favourites of our hard-working pollinators. Lots of gardening advice is available, as well.

 

You are also welcome to browse around our garden and see what we are growing.

 

Plants we will be selling for the rest of March and into early April include:

 

Snap peas, broad beans, sweet peas, thyme, rosemary, mustard, mizuna, strawberries, and lots more!