Garden News for the Week of Aug 24

We’ve been harvesting lots for the food bank this summer and hopefully inspiring students to try new veggies and recipes! 

This chocolate zucchini cake was shared with us recently from the Wright family – see the recipe below. It’s sure to become a new favourite :) What’s your favourite way to cook zucchinis or summer squash?

Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe *
*note: squeeze out the moisture from the zucchini as much as possible before adding to the recipe

Zucchini Cake from the Wright family

Zucchini Cake from the Wright family

We have a number of other garden recipes printed to share at our office too – come by and pick one up, outside of SUB B118 . 

Work parties

Tuesday 3:30-5:30pm
Thursday, 5:30-7:30pm

Join us this week to tend to the native flower garden and flip our compost piles! Also, as we continue prepping our garden beds for winter gardening.

HAPPENING AROUND TOWN:

Mason Street Farm Call for Support

On Thursday, August 27th at 7pm, Victoria’s City Council will be voting on the subject of the proposed development at the former St. Andrew’s School site.  This development will shade out Victoria’s oldest urban farm and impact their ability to grow food all year round. Mason St Farm is asking you to come and tell City Council that we deserve #abetterplan. For more information on how to support Mason Street Farm, check out their website and learn more about this development.

 

Garden News for the week of August 17

We are astounded by the generosity of local community members and businesses who have reached out to us over this past season to support our food growth with donations of plants and seeds!

A big thank you to Rob, the new owner of Le Coteau Nursery, for the generous donation of fruit bushes recently including blueberries, grapes (green, red and blue!), kiwis, chilean guavas, figs, and huckleberries! We’re so excited for all of this new fruit! These are great additions to the native and perennial plants gifted to us this season fromGRAFT, UVic’s Ecological Restoration Club, and the Victoria Compost Ed Centre.

Art by Kevin Jinn, Pacific NorthWest Landscaping

We are also excited to plant new flower seeds this week donated from Pacific NorthWest Landscaping in Burnaby – locally grown native seeds for nodding onion, spring gold, wooly sunflower, june grass, long stolen sedge, broader lupin, blue-eyed grass, seablush and clarkia. Now is a good time to sow seeds for next season’s blooms!

Art by Kevin Jinn

Instructions for planting native seed. Art by Kevin Jinn. 

Our heirloom tomatoes and tomatillos from Metchosin Farm and brussel sprouts from Sea Bluff Farm have also been growing fabulously too. 3 cheers for sharing seeds, plants, and food! This support means so much to us –  thank you everybody!

Work parties
Tuesday 3:30-5:30
Thursday, 5:30-7:30
Join us as we continue working on the plots for new student renters, including digging brick pathways and sowing summer cover crop to give the soil a boost! We’ll also hopefully sow native flower seeds and continue weeding the Giving Gardens too. We’ll also be bringing our weekly harvest to the food bank on Tuesday morning.

HAPPENING AROUND TOWN:

Compost Education Centre: August Organic Plant Sale
Saturday, August 22
10am-2pm
1216 North Park st.

If you haven’t planted your winter vegetable seeds yet, now is the time to start planting veggie starts for winter growing! Come on out and get your greens for the winter at this plant sale. Kale, broccoli, cabbage, salad greens, culinary herbs, medicinal herbs and much, much more will be available from local, organic farmers.

Shelbourne Community Kitchen: Kickin’ Kitchen Cooking Workshop
Wednesday, August 26
4:30-7:30pm
3541 Shelbourne Street

Interested in learning some cooking skills? This free program is designed for young adults, ages 18-30. Once a month, we invite everyone to join and ‘kick in’ an ingredient of their choice that will contribute to a delicious meal for everyone to cook and enjoy together. Child care may be available with advance notice.

To register, contact Kim at info@shelbournecommunitykitchen.ca or call (250) 590-0980

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Garden News for the week of August 10, 2015

Garden News

As many of you know, we have a long waitlist for student plots at our community garden. Starting this Fall, we hope to offer more gardening opportunities to students on our waitlist by offering half-sized plots to students who are new to gardening, too busy or unable to garden a full-sized plot. If you’re interested in helping out, please join us at this week’s work parties to break new ground and prepare some of these garden beds.  Thanks to Andreas for leading Tuesday’s work party!

Next Tuesday, we will be sowing some native plant seeds, gifted to us from our friends at Pacific NorthWest Landscaping. Check out the resources they have on caring for native plants in the home garden for Coastal BC on their website. Next week’s newsletter will share information on the native flowers we will be sowing in our own native plant garden, a memorial garden for beloved gardener and student Georgia Klapp.

Work parties
Tuesday 3:30-5:30
Thursday, 5:30-7:30

Office hours;

Please note, this week’s office hours on cancelled on Tuesday. Erica will be in the office on Thursday afternoon.

HAPPENING ON CAMPUS:

Just Eat It: Documentary Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Join UVSP to watch a free screening of this award-winning food waste documentary, followed by a panel discussion on food waste with speakers from the Compost Education Centre, Campus Community Garden and UVic faculty.

In ‘Just Eat It’, BC filmmakers explore the issue of waste from farm, retail, and their own fridge! After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive on food that would otherwise be thrown away. This film brings together farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, and consumers in a story both educational and entertaining.

When: Tuesday, Aug 11, 4:30-7:30pm
Where: SUB Upper Lounge
Free event

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Garden News for the week of August 4

Garden News

Bountiful garden times! We’ve been delivering lots of colourful produce from the garden to the UVSS Food Bank these days with our new bike trailer, including purple pole beans, green bush beans, yellow zucchinis, carrots, rainbow chard, beets, apple cucumbers, leeks, kale, tomatoes.. the list goes on! We’re excited about summer produce and in the midst of planting for the Fall. If you’re about to start your Fall/Winter garden, check out these planting guides from our friends at BC Farms and Food and West Coast Seeds for tips and a regional planting chart.

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A heads up that this Thursday’s work party will be cancelled. However next week’s regular times will be back to usual again. Come help us prepare some plots for new renters, work in the flower gardens, and plant fall peas!

Work party: Tuesday 3:30-5:30

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Food bank delivery in the bike trailer!

Compost tip:

If you’re composting old plant materials from your garden, make sure to get rid of any diseased or infected plants in the garbage, as to avoid spreading contaminants in the soil you’ll be making. Also, don’t forget that anything composted with seeds or seed pods might start growing in your garden next season, so avoid grass and weedy seeds if possible.

HAPPENING ON CAMPUS:

Just Eat It: Documentary Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Join UVSP’s food waste documentary screening and panel discussion with speakers from the Compost Ed. Centre, Campus Community Garden and UVic faculty.

In ‘Just Eat It’, BC filmmakers explore the issue of waste from farm, retail, and their own fridge! After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive on food that would otherwise be thrown away. This film brings together farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, and consumers in a story both educational and entertaining.

When: August 11, 4:30-7:30pm
Where: SUB Upper Lounge
Free event