Garden News for April 27

So great to see all the friendly folks who came out to last week’s Spring party! After a bit of indecisive weather, the sun came out and it was a really fun evening with great food, friends, and awesome live music. This couldn’t have happened without our awesome volunteers and performers – a big thank you to everyone who helped out! 

Aviva and Graeme performing at the CCG party!

Aviva and Graeme performing at the CCG party!

Semi- Annual General Meeting
Monday, April 27, 4pm
SUB B028
This is happening today! Our SAGM is a great opportunity to hear what our staff and board of directors have been working on this year, how to get more involved, or join the board. We will have snacks and round trip bus tickets available. Everybody is welcomed. Meeting agenda and poster is on our website.

Work parties:

Tuesday, 3:30-5:30pm – We’ll be planting newly acquired plants from the native plant sale – bog rosemary, labrador tea, columbine, beaked hazelnut, and woolly sunflowers.
Friday, 2-4pm – planting in the giving gardens and tidying up the greenhouse

Community EVENTS:

Victoria Compost Ed. Centre Spring Plant Sale
May 9, 9am-2pm
1216 North Park St.
Amazing all-organic, all local veggie, herb and flower starts for your garden! Heirloom tomatoes, delicious salad greens, companion plants, medicinal herbs, and much more await you! Cordial Wildcrafted Consumable/Gather Victoria will provide refreshments and there will be live music.Facebook event here.

Semi-Annual General Meeting: Monday, April 27

SAGM Poster

Monday, April 27 at 4pm
SUB B028

If you are interested in hearing what the Campus Community Garden staff and board of directors have been up to this year , we invite you to attend our upcoming SAGM. This is an opportunity to hear about how the garden operates, past work, future projects, how to get involved, or join the board of directors. We will have snacks and round trip bus tickets will be available.

Agenda

1. Territorial Acknowledgement
2. Introductions and check in
3. News and Updates
– Beehive Land Use Agreement
– Set date for visioning meeting
4. Adoption of last year’s AGM minutes.
5. Electing new members to the Board of Directors
6. Reports:
– Coordinator
– Work study
– Finances
– Tools
– Plot renters
– Compost
– Hiring
– Giving Gardens

Welcome to our new Assistant Coordinator, Em!

A warm welcome to our new assistant coordinator Emily Bellinger.

A warm, wormy welcome to Em!

Em looks forward to working with the Campus Community Garden team. She has accumulated gardening experience and passion for local food security through her work at the Victoria Compost Education Centre. You may spot her there this summer, at the CCG or biking around town enjoying the sun. In her spare time in the SUB, you may catch her ensuring the Free Store is running smoothly and liaising with the Food Bank or volunteering with VIPIRG. Em is always down to be flagged down for a chat or you can reach her by e-mail at ccgassist@uvic.ca

Garden News for April 20

This week come check out what we are doing in the garden and as an organization! Our Spring Garden party is happening this Friday and the CCG Semi Annual General Meeting will take place next Monday, April 27. Read on for more info and to find out about this week’s work parties.

Hi everyone,

Hope we will see you at our end-of-year party and Spring garden social on Friday. We will be having live music, potluck-style food sharing, face painting, art-making, and a scavenger hunt. Join our Garden Party event on facebook to stay in the loop with updates!

This is a family-friendly event and everybody is welcomed. A reminder that we have very limited parking at the garden, so would like to prioritize our parking spaces for people with disabilities or with children. We will have bus tickets available, if you want to skip driving to campus.

If you want to volunteer, please email us at ccgarden@uvic.ca. Food prep volunteers will be meeting at 2022 Kings Rd at 2pm on Thursday. Contact Aviva at 778-676-3505 to find out more info.

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Semi- Annual General Meeting
Monday, April 27, 4pm
SUB B028
Our SAGM is a great opportunity to hear what our staff and board of directors have been working on this year, how to get more involved, or join the board. We will have snacks and round trip bus tickets available. Everybody is welcomed.

This week’s work parties:

Tuesday, 1-3pm – planting comfrey, parsley, rhubarb, yarrow, fennel, chives, and yellow raspberries in communal areas around the garden
Friday, 2-4pm – working in the compost, giving gardens, and setting up for the party!

UVic Pride work party
Wednesdays from 2-4pm. Folks will be meeting at UVic Pride SUB B010 and walk over to the garden together. Contact Orillia or Tribesty at pride@uvic.ca for more information.

Women’s Centre work party
Thursdays from 1:30-3:30pm. Meet at the Women’s Centre, SUB B107, at 1:30pm. Contact Erica at ericahiroko@gmail.com for more info on how to get involved.

Garden News for April 13th

Mark your calendars – our end of the year garden celebration and social will be happening next Friday, April 24th from 4-8pm! There will be food sharing, music, and more – more details to come next week. If you want to help out with planning or volunteer for set up, please email us at ccgarden@uvic.ca

If you are interested in hearing what the Campus Community Garden staff and board of directors have been working on this year, please join us at our upcoming Semi-Annual General Meeting on Monday, April 27th at 4pm in B028. This will be an opportunity to find out about how the garden operates, past work and future projects, how to get more involved, or join the board.  We will have snacks and round trip bus tickets available. Everybody is welcomed.

Mindfulness in the garden

Mindfulness in the garden

Work party magic!

Come get your hands dirty at the garden every day this week! Campus Community Garden folks and volunteers will be out there on
Tuesday from 1-3pm – moving our greenhouse seedlings into larger pots
Wednesday at 1pm – adding compost to the raspberries, flipping the hot compost piles
Friday at 2-4pm – planting onions, adding compost to our communal plots, caring for the flower garden

UVic Pride and Students of Colour Collective garden party is happening on Wednesday from 2-4pm. Folks will be meeting in the Pride space (B010) and walking over to the garden together to work in their shared plot. This will be a tour, orientation, opportunity to see what we have planted in the greenhouse, and do some work together. RSVP to the Facebook event here.

Women’s Garden Collective is meeting on Thursday from 1:30-3:30pm. We will be adding some compost love to our plot and transplanting more kale, broccoli, and cabbage starts from the greenhouse into our garden.

Garden News for the week of April 7

Garden News

We have been revamping our tool shed with new tools, sharpeners, and wheelbarrows, but realized we are needing more boots!

If you have any old rubber, winter, or working boots to donate, we welcome boots of all sizes and conditions, which will be used by our gardeners and volunteers throughout the year. Please drop off any donations under the table outside of our office in SUB B118 or outside of the large shed at the garden.

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If you missed the Weeds and Mindful Gardening workshop last week, check out the recent blog postfrom Alanna and Alicia on our website with resources about beneficial weeds in our garden.

Work parties

> We will be out there this afternoon (Tuesday) from 1:30-3:30 and again on Friday from 12-2pm.UVSS advocacy groups, Women’s Centre and UVic Pride will also be hosting work parties to work in their garden plots – check out more info from them below.

UVic Pride Garden Plot
Hi Everybody! UVic Pride has a garden plot at the campus community gardens, and it’s now springtime – with weather in the late teens and early twenties for the upcoming week! We want to start growing some food and flowers and nice things! If you are interested in attending a garden work party and want to hang out and volunteer to work on the garden together, please fill out this doodle poll to see when would be the best time!http://doodle.com/auhk6wc74bzh7u7d

Women’s Centre Garden Collective 
Thursdays, 1:30pm at the garden
Contact wcentre@uvss.ca for more information.

Weeds and Mindful Gardening

By Alisha M’Lot and Alanna Vachon

Read more here: Weeds FAQ sheet

In general: Weeds are typically pioneer plants, actually arriving to save your disturbed, unhealthy soil! Weeds add minerals and nutrients to deficient soils, extensive root systems leave channels for drainage and build humus in the ground as they decay. Some also absorb excess salt from the soil. They stabilize soil, curb water loss and repair landscapes. Flowering weeds produce pollen to attract beneficial insects – especially helpful in early spring when vegetable beds are not yet in flower. They prevent erosion. Weeds act as a shelter for other plants and insects.  They can indicate whether the soil is acidic, alkaline, compacted, or fertile. Let them wilt, then turn them into the soil, or add them to your compost pile.
Weeds have important cultural history, having been used as food, fuel, medicines, dyes, and building material for hundreds, thousands of years, humans and animals alike. They are prominent occurrences in art, folklore, and literature in history, telling important cultural stories.

Purple dead nettle. Image from identifythatplant.com

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Garden News for March 30, 2015

What did the carrot say to the wheat?  Lettuce rest, I’m feeling beet.
– Shel Silverstein

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Campus Community Garden team love!

 

Garden News

We hope you’re all managing to care for yourselves amidst end-of-semester deadlines and upcoming exams. Right now is a stressful time of year for students, and it can be too easy to de-prioritize good self-care practices. Come by the garden to connect and share some soulful sunshine with others, get some resh air outside, or even harvest some nutritious stinging nettles (good sources of iron and protein)!  The gazebo is also a great place to sit and study! Our gates are open to you!

Work parties
This week’s Friday work party will be cancelled due to the holiday. Instead, we’ll be meeting:

> Tuesday @ 1-2:30pm
> Thursday @ 11am-1pm

We’ve got lots to do at the garden – come join us in working with the hot compost, caring for communal growing areas, tool sharpening, and seed starting!

Board of Directors Meeting
Today at 4pm in SUB B028!

Office Hours shifting
Due to the holiday, next week’s office hours will be taking place on Tuesday from 10-1 instead of Monday. Feel free to email us at ccgarden@uvic.ca to make an appointment if that time doesn’t work for you!

Beneficial Weed Workshop
Tuesday, March 31 @ 2:30pm

This free workshop is happening tomorrow! Come discuss weeds and mindful gardening with environmental studies students, Alanna and Alicia. They will be talking about the negative stigma surrounding weeds to broaden our ideals of weeds and explore why they aren’t all necessarily bad. We will discuss the direct benefits of weeds, their history, as well as the importance of being mindful while in the garden. We will do a short meditation before the discussion, then spend some time in the garden and do some work together, while being mindful of what we are removing from the garden.

Women’s Centre Garden Collective 
Thursdays, 1:30pm at the garden

The Women’s Centre Garden Collective is hosting a work party at the garden on Thursday at 1:30pm. All self-identified women, gender fluid and non-binary folks are welcomed to join – beginners are especially encouraged! Come discuss food, feminism, and frolick in the sun! Drop by the Women’s Centre (SUB B107) or contact wcentre@uvss.ca for more information.

Garden News for the Week of March 23, 2015

Garden News

This past week at the garden was super fun thanks to the support of awesome friends and volunteers. A big shout out to our events team leader Emily P. for organizing an amazing Farm Crawl yesterday in her beautiful hometown of Sooke! We met a ton of new people and were lucky enough to visit Tugwell creek farm, Silver Cloud Farm, and the Sun Ridge Community Gardens together. Stay tuned for our upcoming blog post. In the meantime, check out some of the photos from the day here.

Planting some potatoes at the Sun Ridge Community Garden in Sooke

Planting some potatoes at the Sun Ridge Community Garden in Sooke

This week’s work parties:
Tuesday: 1-3pm
Come help us build a new compost bed. Learn about hot composting methods and see decomposition in action!

Friday: 2-4pm
We have wheelbarrows to build and other new tools to paint (label). Our flower beds are needing some love and there are lots of other tasks to help our garden prepare for spring!

CCG Board of Directors Meeting
Monday, March 30 at 4pm
in SUB B028
Agenda will be posted on the website this week

Weeds and Mindful Gardening Workshop
Tuesday, March 31 at 2:30pm
At the Garden
Cost: free!

This will be a short workshop with discussion about weeds and mindful gardening, led by Alanna and Alicia from ES 407: “Mindfulness, Sustainability and Social Change”. We hope to discuss the negative stigma surrounding weeds and broaden our ideals of weeds to show why they aren’t necessarily all bad. We will discuss the direct benefits of weeds, the history of weeds, as well as the importance of being mindful while in the garden. We will then spend some time in the garden and do some work, while being mindful of what we are removing from the gardens.

Manure: Sustainable and nourishing for the organic garden

Hi Folks.

It’s Christina the work study here. I wanted to share with you a document I created a while back on the use of manure in the organic garden. In this document I discuss the important role manure plays in organic food growing, compare various types of manure and the important properties they provide to the soil structure and ecology as well as confront safety concerns that will help you use manure in the garden in a mindful and more sustainable way.

Here is the link to Manure: The in’s and out’s of using our sometimes smelly friend safely in the organic garden. The permanent link to it is found under the Resources tab in the soil building section.

Enjoy, and happy growing friends :)