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Gleaning Orientation dates set for 2022

Gleaning Program 2022   Since 1993, the Gleaning Program has been harvesting fruit and produce from gardens, farms and back yards in the Nanaimo region. This is among the longest running gleaning programs in the province and is very successful in terms of reducing food waste in the region.   New Gleaners If you haven’t [Continue]

Generous Cheque from Coastal Community Credit Union

Greg Scott, branch manager of Coastal Community Credit Union, and several associates, are pictured here presenting a generous $2500 to volunteers at Beban Learning Gardens. These funds are to assist Nanaimo Community Gardens Society in various initiatives designed to encourage people in Nanaimo to engage and re-engage in the most worthwhile task of growing their [Continue]

Plant Sales for Spring 2022!

Beban Learning Gardens will begin selling starter plants on Wed., March 16, directly from our greenhouse in Beban Park, between the golf course and the VIEx grounds. Every Wednesday from 10 to 12, you can come and buy veggie, herb, pollinator flower starter plants, grown organically, right on our site. Lots of gardening advice is [Continue]

The BLG Covered Workspace is now a reality!

Beban Learning Gardens thanks Nanaimo Community Gardens, the Province of British Columbia, Home Depot, and the City of Nanaimo Parks and Trades Departments for their help in making our Covered Work Space a reality. Almost exactly four years after officially opening, one of the last items from the original design plan has been built.  Volunteers [Continue]

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 [Continue]

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 [Continue]

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, [Continue]

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, [Continue]

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 [Continue]