Orientation dates have been set! Please attend one of the orientation dates below to join the program and have all your gleaning related questions answered. You do not have to pre-register for a session – just show up! Remember to bring your membership fee (sliding scale $15-$25) and any friends or family that want to glean with you. All your questions will be answered at these one-hour sessions. Be dressed for the weather as the orientations are held outside under the gazebo in the Pine St Community Garden behind the Foodshare Centre at 271 Pine St.
- Wednesday May 31st 4pm-5pm
- Saturday June 3 10am-11am
- Monday June 5th 6pm-7pm
- Thursday June 8th 2pm-3pm
- Sunday June 11th 1pm-2pm
- Tuesday June 13th 2pm-3pm
The weather is getting warmer and volunteers at the two Community Garden sites are busy preparing garden beds and planting crops for summer and fall. New volunteers are always welcome. If you think you might be interested in seeing what’s going on and joining in the fun, drop by during one of the work parties.
The Pine St Community Garden is located in the downtown area and within walking distance of the bus exchange. Work parties are held every Wednesday from 11am to 4pm with a lunch break at 1pm. This garden is an oasis hidden behind the Foodshare Centre at 271 Pine St.
The Beban Learning Garden is located within Beban Park and has just recently become open to the public. The Co-Op Greenhouse is located at this site, along with many raised beds for gardening. Volunteers work at the garden beds growing food and in the greenhouse, starting plants for sales. To participate in work parties at this location, please stop by the work parties on Wednesdays between 10am and noon. For more information, please contact the Greenhouse Coordinator at email@example.com
Volunteers at greenhouse have been growing seedlings to sell and share with the community. These volunteers will be selling a wide, ever-changing variety of plants and seeds at the Beban Learning Gardens site beside the pitch and putt golf course. These seedlings are grown without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides from open pollinated and heritage variety seeds and are sold to backyard gardeners throughout Nanaimo and area.
Sales will take place every Wednesday in May to mid June from 10am to noon. Additional sale days at the site include Wednesday May 17th from 3:30pm to 6pm and Saturday May 27th 10am to 2pm. These additional dates will occur during the time of the Farmers Market at Beban Park but will be at the Beban Learning Gardens site.
Plants available include lettuce, cress, arugula, herbs, kale, broccoli, Swiss chard, Pac choi, leeks, onions, and heat lovers including tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash and tomatillos.
While this spring has been long and cool, it is almost time to plant out your tender annual vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and peppers so come on out and pick up any plants you need to complete your warm-weather garden.
For more information on how to find the site please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Beban Learning Gardens Grand Opening on Saturday, April 29, 2017 was a huge success despite the cool wet weather. Nanaimo gardens society unveils new gardens, greenhouse at Beban Park – Nanaimo News Bulletin
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…)
This festival is always a winner and to make it even better, NCGS will be selling their veggie, herb, and beneficial flowers all day.
For more information see: http://www.nanaimo.ca/assets/Departments/Parks~Rec~Culture/Community~Events~Resources/WildFoodFest.pdf
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 email@example.com 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.
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 http://www.cog.ca/our-services/growing-organic-food/central-vancouver-island-course/
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.
FARM 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 https://nanaimofoodshare.ca/homegrown/
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
Arches being unloaded