Garden News

Thank you to all the awesome folks who came out to the CCG Volunteer Orientation last Friday! Even with the rain we had a strong showing with 10 new volunteers joining us. Erica did a swell job showing folks around the garden and we all got to meet new friends. This year is looking to be great for growing and sharing in the garden.

– Christina

This week’s work party will be held on Friday from 2:00-3:45 pm. We will be working in the compost and weeding the giving gardens. Come join us – no previous gardening experience required.

Garden Event Organizing
If you’re interested in helping to organize events or workshops centered around growing, consider joining our outreach team! We’ll be planning an upcoming farm tour, DIY Garden Box workshop, and more! Feel free to sign up to help with one specific event or a multitude!

Contact Emily for more info (email with “CCG event team” in subject line to: ccgassist[at], or call 250-216-4321)

CCG Volunteer Orientation and Garden Tour
There are lots of opportunity for ‘growing’ knowledge on all things CCG when Matt shows folks around the garden on Wednesday. Come and meet new friends!

Date: Wednesday, Jan 28
Where: The Garden
Time: 12:30 pm

Campus Plan Update: Ideas Workshop
Garden members and community supporters are invited to attend from the Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability. Please come and voice your support for a permanent location for the CCG in the Campus Plan.

The Campus Plan Update will establish a refreshed vision and set of directions that will guide decision-making on matters ranging from buildings and transportation to open space and natural areas.

Date: Wednesday, February 4th
Where: Michèle Pujol room in the Student Union Building
Time:  3:30 to 5:30 pm
Check out for more information

Work parties
Friday, Jan 30
2-3:45 pm

Office Hours
SUB B118
M: 12-4pm
T: 2-5pm

Good morning!

We are headed to the garden soon for our first volunteer orientation and tour. Feel free to drop by if you’re around! We’ll be kickin’ it from 10:30-12:15.

We’ve heard from a few folks who haven’t visited the garden yet that they have had a hard time finding the garden, so I thought it’d be a good idea to post more specific directions. If you’ve never been to the garden before, the garden is located across from the UVic athletic fields/stadium on McKenzie ave. More specifically, check out the directions below and please let me know if these could be better clarified.

Directions from the Student Union Building: 

  1. Start outside of the SUB and head towards the bookstore.
  2. Head past the bus loop and down the path beside the bookstore and McKinnon building.
  3. Turn right when you reach the CARSA construction on Gabriola road.
  4. At the crosswalk, cross McKenzie Ave and turn left.
  5. Continue on the pathway. You will pass the TEF building, Wallace field and then reach the garden!

Google directions to: 2100 McKenzie Ave.

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Volunteer Orientation update

A reminder that upcoming volunteer orientations will be taking place on Friday at 10:30 and next Wednesday, Jan 28th at 12:30pm (rescheduled from today). Friday’s session will be combined with our weekly work party – feel free to drop by for part of the morning if you can’t make the entire session.

During the orientation, we’ll be touring the garden, talking about our various projects, and doing some work together! Come see what might interest you to get involved with, whether that’s planning and working in the garden, managing compost, organizing workshops and events, or anything else!

Work party poll

Hi everyone,
Let us know what days and times work for you to come out to volunteer at the Campus Community Garden this semester by filling out this poll. If you’re able to join for part of a time slot, but not the whole block, please mark it as a ‘maybe’ so we know that some folks will be able to be there. Looking forward to seeing you out there!

Garden News

Interested in volunteering with us?
If you want to volunteer at the garden this semester, please add your name and your weekly availability to our poll (see link below). Next week, we’ll announce the day and time that works for most of us to work in the garden together!
Poll link:

Volunteer orientation and garden tours are happening!
We have two volunteer orientation sessions taking place at the garden this week. Come join us to tour the garden, learn about what projects are going on, and lend a hand:

Wed January 21 @ 12-1:30pm or
Fri January 23 @ 10:30-12pm


January Board Meeting
Tues January 20, 2015 @ 4pm
in SUB B024 (basement of SUB)
A spot has just opened up on our board of directors this semester – open to a current UVic student. The agenda for this meeting is posted on our website.

Work parties
Fri 10:30-12:15

Office Hours
SUB B118
Mon 10:30-1:30pm
Tues 2-4pm

January Board Meeting Agenda

For January 20, 2015 @ 4pm
SUB B024

  1. Acknowledgement of Lekwungen and WSANEC territories
  2. Updates
    1. New staff and training
    2. Greenhouse
    3. Finance
    4. Volunteer orientation and engagement
    5. Clubs Day
  3. AVP workshop (date / time / $)
  4. Referendum
  5. Canada Summer Jobs grant
  6. Sub committees
    1. Site
      1. tools
      2. greenhouse/infrastructure
      3. giving gardens
      4. compost
      5. plot renter engagement / mentorship
      6. site accessibility / paths
    2. Admin
      1. finance & budget tracking
      2. referendum
      3. plot renters / membership
    3. Events and Outreach
      1. website
      2. workshops/events
      3. raised beds project
      4. library

Check your inbox! This weeks newsletter is out

The link below will guide you to this weeks awesome newsletter courtesy of the folks at the Campus Community Garden. Did you know that staff at the CCG search far and wide to share events and news pertaining to anything and everything food related. If you know of a event we can share please feel free to email us about it :)


Welcome to our new Assistant Coordinator, Atem!

Christina and Atem at a CCG work party

Workstudy assistant Christina and new garden assistant Atem at a CCG work party

My name is Atem and I am a new assistant coordinator for the Campus Community Garden. I am an undergraduate taking Health Information Science in the faculty of Human and Social Development. I am interested in organic farming because I want to learn new skills and I would like to be an independent organic farmer in the future if possible. I also think it’s important to care for the environment and organic farming is one way to do that.

The previous experiences I have in organic farming are from helping my parents, who are organic farmers. My background is South Sudan and in east Africa the farming system is entirely organic. During my time working in our garden, I learned about different types of organic fertilizers and methods of cultivation. I am looking forward to learning new skills while working at the Campus Community Garden.

Garden News

New Year’s greetings and a seasonal recipe for good health; a volunteer call out for Clubs Day and an invitation to our first work party of 2015!

Happy New Year!

We hope you all were able to nourish yourself over the winter break, whether that be by spending time with friends or family, reflecting upon the highlights of your past year, having the opportunity to finally start reading the book that’s been sitting on your night table for the past two months, or doing whatever else feeds your soul and spirit.

I had the opportunity to share a lot of yummy food with my family over the holidays and thought I’d share this recipe for a soup my mom made. For best results, share with a roommate or friend!

Curried Sweet Potato and Apple Soup
This soup is great for winter days – it is gluten-free and can be adjusted to meet vegan or dairy-free dietary restrictions. 

1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 large cooking onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, chopped
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 tsp ginger, chopped (or more, if you like ginger!)
1 leek, chopped (white part)
3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 medium tart apple, peeled and chopped
5 cups chicken or veggie stock
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 tsp curry powder
salt and pepper to taste
optional: 1/2 cup coconut milk or cream

In a large pot, saute onions in oil over medium heat until soft. Add carrot, garlic, celery, ginger and leek, saute lightly and stir until leeks are soft, about 3-4min. Add remaining ingredients and stir.  Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook soup until potatoes are tender, about 25min. Add salt and pepper to taste. Puree soup in a food process or blender and heat through.
Optional: Add cream or coconut milk for a smooth, creamy finish.


This week, come join us in the garden on Friday morning from 10:30-12:30. Bring some rain gear and expect to get dirty. We will have hot tea!

If you can’t make it at this time, don’t worry — this isn’t the set date for the semester! We will send out a poll after the next clubs day to find out volunteer availability for upcoming work parties, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

Volunteer Call Out

We are seeking volunteers to table at our Clubs Day booth next week on Tuesday, January 14 andWednesday, January 15. If you are able to help us out any time between 9am-4pm, please e-mail us at!

CCG on Facebook
Don’t forget to stay in touch by joining our facebook group (an interactive group where anyone can share tips, ideas, events with one another) or liking our facebook page.

Read our full weekly newsletter here

November board meeting


  1. Acknowledgement of the territories
  2. Introductions (round of names) and general updates
  3. Mushroom/ Permaculture Workshop shareback
  4. Garden Assistant Hiring
  5. Anti-oppression Workshop with the Anti-Violence Project
  6. Devon Goldie Introduction: Gazebo / Theatre in the Garden Project
  7. Referendum Report
  8. Campus Plan Garden Strategy
  9. Winter workshop series
  10. UVision report review
  11. Food Forward summit invitation
  12. Dec. 3 Board Meeting planning / semester wrap-up party?
  13. Additional items (Garden Pathway from Bike Path to entrance gate, etc)

Meeting minutes