The weather is warming up so don’t miss our special seedlings sales days and hours this month!


Wed May 12          10:00 – 4:00

Fri    May 14          10:00 – 12:00

Mon May17           10:00 – 12:00

Wed May 19           10:00 – 4:00

Fri   May 21            10:00 – 12:00

SAT MAY 22           9:30 – 3:00


Tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, peppers, pollinator flowers and more.

$2.50 small, $5.00 large.

Pay by cash or tap.

All sales are outdoors at Beban Park, beside the Pitch and Putt , COVID protocols in place.


Seedlings  For 2021, the Beban Learning Garden is planning to have over 100 varieties of vegetable and pollinator seedlings and more mature plants for sale. More varieties may yet be added. Sale of plants is adjusted to the season. For instance, early crops like peas are ready late March, tomatoes are ready in May. Plants for fall planting/winter gardens are generally ready in July.

Prices are $2.50 for each 4″ pot and $5.00 for gallon pots.

Click here to see the seedlings list:




Virtual AGM May 26, 2021

Each year in spring, Community Gardens holds it’s Annual General Meeting to get ready for the growing season ahead. This year the AGM will be held online on Wednesday May 26th at 7pm. It will includes presentation of the 2020 year end reports on the gardens, the review and  approval of the 2020 financials  and election of the new board. This is also an opportunity to learn about the society’s plans for 2021 and ask questions and provide feedback. If you wish to attend this meeting, please reply to this email to be sent a link and all relevant documents prior to the AGM. Or email info@ncgs.ca to RSVP to the AGM.

This year there will be 2 vacancies on the board of directors. This is a great opportunity for someone to become involved with the society at the decision-making level. This is also an ideal way for current members and volunteers to learn more about how their society operates. Those considering the prospect should attend and speak to the directors. We’d love to have you! Commitment is minimal and limited to 7 meetings a year. Of course, if you’d like to sit on a committee or help out in other areas, we welcome it. If you are considering sitting as a director, please get in touch with us at info@ncgs.ca prior to the AGM so that you can have all the information you need.

Nanaimo Community Gardens wishes to thank all volunteers and supporters for their hard work in 2019! Thank you all! For more information phone 250-816-4769,  or email info@ncgs.ca

Gleaning Program 2021

As with the 2020 season, the Gleaning Program will go ahead this year but in an altered fashion to accommodate physical distancing.


Returning Gleaners

All gleaners who have attended an orientation within the past 4 years and wish to join the 2021 season are asked to sign up without attending the full orientation again. There are two ways you can sign up.

  • Attend a sign-up session in person (dates below). You will need to fill out a membership form and submit payment. Please bring exact change for your fee as we will not be making change (the fee is a sliding scale between $15-$25) or have a cheque made out to Nanaimo Community Gardens Society. This will be done in the gazebo at the Pine St Community Garden and everyone will be asked to follow physical distancing guidelines and wear masks
  • Print and mail in a membership form (attached) and payment. This will take longer and you may miss out on some early picks. Be sure to include your cheque for payment. Mail in information is contained on the membership form

A hard or digital copy of our latest orientation will be provided to you so that you can see what protocols are in place for gleaning in 2021. As always, contact Lee at 250-816-4769 if you have any questions about if you need to attend an orientation this year.


Sign-up sessions for returning gleaners will be:

  • Saturday May 29, 10am-11am (before or after the orientation, please)
  • Monday May 31, 1pm-2pm (before or after the orientation)
  • Wednesday June 2, 11am-2pm (drop in anytime)
  • Friday June 4, 6pm-7pm (before or after the orientation)
  • Sunday June 6, 10am-11am (before or after the orientation)
  • Wednesday June 9, 11am-3pm (drop in anytime)



New Gleaners

If you haven’t been a gleaner for this program before you will need to attend a mandatory safety orientation. The orientations will be held in the Pine St Community Garden behind the Foodshare Centre at 271 Pine St. While the open-air gazebo in the garden can accommodate a few people, larger numbers cannot be sufficiently distanced so rain may limit the number of gleaners who can attend. Please attend one of the orientation dates below to join the program. You do not have to pre-register for a session – just show up! Remember to invite any friends or family that want to glean with you. Non-registered gleaners are not permitted on picks. Latecomers are disruptive and may miss important information about the program so please be on time. There will be time to answer all your questions about the program. Please remember to wear a mask.


You will need to fill out a membership form and submit payment. Please bring exact change for your fee as we will not be making change (the fee is a sliding scale between $15-$25) or have a cheque made out to Nanaimo Community Gardens Society.


The dates for 2021 orientations are:

  • Saturday May 29, 10am-11am
  • Monday May 31, 1pm-2pm
  • Friday June 4, 6pm-7pm
  • Sunday June 6, 10am-11am

Protocols for 2021 will be explained and a hard or digital copy of our latest orientation will be provided to you for review at any time. Call Lee at 250-816-4769 if you have questions about the program or the orientations.


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.