Work Parties in August

Wednesday August 20th Work Party from 4-6 pm: Join us in the garden to help make buttons for student orientation. Bring magazines, etc to collage your own creative buttons. Magazines, materials, and snacks will be provided!

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This past weekend our favorite carpenter Chris Klok helped us build this library to house our gardening books and resources:

        

Our library will be continuously growing with new books and resources, but the physical structure is not quite done yet either!

Next Wednesday August 27th from 4-6pm we will be putting finishing touches, continuing to decorate, and plant the roof with native alpine strawberries and perennial bulbs. Come join us! Delicious snacks will be provided. Book donations welcome.

 

July in the Garden

Since Matt has returned to the garden, a few updates and upcoming happenings to report.

First though, we want to say a huge thank you to Erica for all her hard work over May and June. The garden was in good hands and it shows by the beauty and bounty in the garden.

Updates:

Office hourse: Tuesday: 11:00 to 2:00 pm & Wednesdays 10:00 to 12:00 pm

Workparties: Wednesdays @ 4:00 pm till 6 or later

Food Bank Harvest Mornings: In flux – this week: Thurs at 10:00 am.

Upcoming Workshop:

Growing your fall and winter Garden: a hands on how to for year round harvests – winter planting starts about now!

Wednesday July 23 @ 6:00 pm
In the Garden
All are welcome

July Board Meeting:

Sunday July 27 @ 2:00 pm
In the Garden, SUB Room B118 in weather crummy

Looking for Board Members! Come out to a meeting to see what we are all about, we’d love to have you.

That’s it for now!

Grow on,

Upcoming Event

Come join us in the garden on Sunday June 15 from 1-4 p.m. for a hands-on bench building workshop with Chris Klok. Chris will be sharing his skills while we build multiple cedar sitting benches, one in particular that will house our first-aid kit and epi-pen.

ALL levels of building experience welcomed and encouraged, especially those new to building!

Salad and tea will be provided! 

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If coming from UVic, there is a paved pathway which leads from Gabriola and McKenzie to the garden. 

If coming by car, the garden is accessible from McCoy ave, off of Gordon Head rd. The garden has a couple of reserved parking spaces there. There is gravel and grass from the pathway/parking to the garden.

Catching Up and Looking Forward

Hi all, this is Megan here. It’s been a month since I’ve been working in the garden as the assistant coordinator and it’s been such a pleasure seeing familiar and new faces in the garden space. It has been motivating, helpful, and inspiring to be working with people planting food and flowers, weeding, harvesting greens, sharing food and being witness to people sharing their skills and taking on projects of their own.

So much has already been happening! The rain cleared for our all-bodies yoga class the other week taught by the talented Zameen. And the rain continued to hold off for a potluck to follow with freshly picked salad and homemade cornbread. The journal making and book binding workshop taught by Erica was also a great success–really great to craft and share food with everyone who came out.

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Check out what’s coming up soon!

On Thursday June 5th Chloe will be facilitating an event through the UVSS Women’s Centre on companion planting and inter-cropping. Come learn how to grow lots of vegetables in little space with little time and little effort! Everybody is welcome and cost is free. This event will be followed by our regular work party from 4-6. We will be re-painting signs and painting rocks to label what is growing in the giving garden plots. Come help make the garden colorful!

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On June 15th (time TBA) Chris Klok from the community garden will be facilitating an introductory hands-on building workshop. Come learn and help build benches and other useful structures for the garden!

Last but seriously not least THANKS to all of the awesome volunteers coming out and working in the garden.

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Upcoming events at the garden

The garden’s not just for growing food – it’s a wonderful space to engage in all kinds of activities. During the next twoweeks, we are excited to offer a session of All Bodies Yoga for Gardeners and a journal-making and paper craft workshop! Details below.

All Bodies Yoga for Gardeners – Sunday May 25th, 10am-11:30am

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Come join us in the garden for a morning session of outdoor yoga led by Zameen Sabet. Zameen is a yoga teacher in training to become a yoga therapist offering specialized and therapeutic practices, including yoga for gardeners, elders, mental health, teens, back care and sports injuries. We will learn some key stretches to ensure our bodies don’t get worn out or too sore from all the digging, bending, and lifting we regularly do as gardeners.

Meet beside the gazebo at the campus community garden. Everyone is welcome from ALL skill levels and abilities, especially newbies! We will provide yoga mats, but feel free to bring your own if you wish. Donations appreciated (~$5-10 sugg.) to compensate our facilitator, but nobody will be turned away!

Following yoga, feel free to join us for lunch. Bring some lunch with you – we will provide a garden salad. Afterwards, we can do some work inthe garden, where we can put our muscles to the test!

10:00-11:30 Yoga
11:30-12:30 Picnic lunch
12:30-3:00 Work party
(approx. schedule)

Journal-making and Paper Craft workshop – Thurs. May 29th, 6-8pm

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Come learn how to make your own journal using Japanese stab binding techniques. We will provide the basic materials. Bring any photos, magazines, old books, paper, fabric or coloured thread to personalize your project. Feel free to bring any other projects you are already working on too. We’ll have a few dishes to share and garden salad of course – bring food if you’d like!

Our weekly work party will be taking place before the workshop begins. Everyone’s welcome to join the garden session too!

4-6pm Work party in the garden
6-8pm Potluck / Journal making / paper crafts

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If coming from UVic, there is a paved pathway which leads from Gabriola and McKenzie to the garden.

If coming by car, the garden is accessible from McCoy ave, off of Gordon Head rd. The garden has a couple of reserved parking spaces there. There is gravel and grass from the pathway/parking to the garden.