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 :)

Garden News for the week of March 16, 2015

Applications for our Assistant Coordinator position are due this week, so make sure to get yours in by Wednesday at 3:30 if you would like to be considered for the position! See the full job posting on the UVSS website and spread the word to other eligible undergrad students! Summer in the garden is a really fun and rewarding time and folks who’ve worked this job in the summer time have all really liked the work! :)

Thanks to the support of some awesome volunteers and community members, we have a number of upcoming workshops and events to offer! We will be learning about permaculture and small-scale agriculture with the Environmental Studies Students Association; beneficial weeds with students of ES 407 Mindfulness and Social Change; and how other farms and community gardens contribute to food security on our farm crawl with the Social Coast Action Bus! Check out all the event details below

Building a cloche for the Giving Gardens

Building a cloche for the Giving Gardens

Happenings with the Garden:

Events and Outreach Meeting
Tuesday, March 17 at 2:30pm
Room still TBD – text or call Emily at 250-216-4321 to find out where.

Come help plan a garden box or mason bee workshop! Talk about the year-end garden celebration and other ways to help make awesome CCG events and workshops happen before the semester ends!

ESSA Workshop: Permaculture and Small Scale Agriculture 
Wednesday, March 18th at 2:30pm
At the Garden
Cost: free!

Dip your toes into the magic of this amazing and sustainable way to farm, and learn how to apply permaculture concepts to your own plot, backyard, or windowsill. We’ll be meeting special guests Hannah Roessler and her colleague Mighk in the garden for a midweek break, and a chance to get our hands dirty and learn a few things!

Farm Crawl
Sunday, March 22 from 9am-5pm
Pick up at the UVic Bus Loop (9am)
or at the EMCS in Sooke (10am)
Cost: $15 students / $20 non-students – tickets available at the UVSS Info Booth or in-person from Emily 250-216-4321

Join us on the Social Coast Action bus for a day full of food cultivation, food security, sustainability, and looking at the different ways people cultivate food in the 21st century with the Sooke Region Food Chi Society (Sunriver Community Garden), Silver Cloud Farm, and Tugwell Creek Farm and Meadery.We’ll be getting our hands dirty, learning lots, exploring farms, making friends, and eating some great food!

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. 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.

AROUND TOWN:

Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sancturary: Native Plant Workshop
Sunday, March 22, 1-4pm
 3873 Swan Lake Road
Cost: free

In this workshop, Pat Johnston teaches how to incorporate native plants into your garden, which plants suit which environments, and the many values of using native plants in your yard.

 

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Work parties
Friday 2-4pm

Office Hours
SUB B118
Monday 10-3pm
Tuesday 2-4pm

UVic CCG & ESSA present: A Free Permaculture Workshop!

Come join ESSA (Environmental Studies Student Association) and the CCG for a workshop on permaculture and how it applies to small-scale agriculture! Dip your toes into the magic of this amazing and sustainable way to farm, and learn how to apply its concepts to your own plot, backyard, or windowsill.
We’ll be meeting special guests Hannah Roessler and her colleague Mighk in the garden for a midweek break, and a chance to get our hands dirty and learn a few things!
This free workshop will be held at the community garden at 2:30 on Wednesday March 18th!

Garden News for the week of March 9, 2015

We are really stoked and humbled to announce that UVic undergrads voted to pass our referendum in last week’s UVSS election! Check out the results here: http://uvsselections.com/We’d like to give a really huge thank you to all of our supporters for this campaign. We are really excited to have this opportunity to grow more food on campus for students, create a more accessible garden space, expand our greenhouses, and more!

We will be talking about this funding support at our upcoming board meeting this afternoon as we begin to vision a 5-year plan for the garden.

We are also really happy to give a big congratulations to our friends at the Food Bank, Divest UVic and The Students of Colour Collective (SOCC) for successful referendums to continue their important work too! Cheers all around!

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Was great to work with the awesome folks of the UVSS food bank to campaign together!

Hope to see you at the garden sometime – we’ll be there again this Friday from 2-3:45 as per usual :)

Upcoming events

Seed Swap
Thursday, March 12
4-5:30pm at the garden
Come swap seeds with other gardeners! Bring some of your own varieties to trade or just come by and check it out if you’re curious to chat and learn more about seeds!

Farm Crawl
Sunday, March 22, 2015
9am – 5pm
Cost: $15 student/$20 non student, includes lunch and bus ride
The CCG is organizing its first farm crawl! Join us for a day full of food cultivation, food security, sustainability, and looking at the different ways people cultivate food in the 21st century. We will be getting our hands dirty, learning lots, exploring three farms/gardens, making friends, and eating some great food!

Tickets are available at the Info Booth in the Student Union Building at UVic or in person from Emily (who is able to come to Sooke) at 250-216-4321. There are only 30 seats on the bus so grab your tickets before they sell out! Work exchange also possible – contact if interested. Facebook event here

Working in the permaculture garden at last week's work party

Working in the permaculture garden at last week’s work party

Volunteer and Job opportunities

Board of Directors Meeting
Today, March 9, 2015, 4pm
SUB B028
Agenda posted on our website

Events and Outreach Meeting
Thursday, March 12
1:30pm in the SUB, room TBD
Email Emily at eppaterson@live.com for more details and updates on location.

Hiring an Assistant Coordinator

We are hiring again for our assistant coordinator position. This is a part time job 10h/week at $14.97/hour.  This is limited to undergraduate students only in good standing with UVSS. Check out the job details and full posting on our website or on the UVSS job board in the SUB.

Applications, cover letters and resumes will be accepted until Wednesday, March 18th at 3:30pm.

Work parties
Friday 2-3:45

Office Hours
SUB B118
Monday 10-3pm
Tuesday 2-4pm

March board meeting

Our next board of directors meeting will be taking place on March 9, 2015 @ 4pm
in SUB B028

Agenda

  1. Acknowledgement of the territories
  2. Updates
    1. Referendum
    2. Hiring committee
    3. Budget
  3. Site
    1. Site Committe meeting
    2. Tool sharpening budget
    3. Animals on site
  4. Events and Outreach
    1. Farm Tour
    2. Year-end party
    3. Theatre (Devon Goldie)

Meeting minutes here

Garden News for March 2, 2015

Garden News

What a busy last week! In addition to starting our referendum campaign, we got a lot of work done in the garden. We dug in our rye cover crops to feed the Giving Garden soil, added manure to the permaculture garden, and started some seeds for veggies and native flowers! Have you started planting for your garden yet?
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In the upcoming UVSS election on Wednesday, we are asking students to support contributing student fees to the ongoing growth of the garden. With an additional $0.76/full-time student and $0.37/part-time student per semester we could offer more consistent services and increase our ability to grow more food for students.

If you haven’t heard much about our campaign yet, check out this video (see postbelow) some of our gardeners made explaining why we are participating in the upcoming UVSS election.

If you support this campaign, please vote in favour of our referendum on March 4. Join our facebook event here and spread the word to others!

Upcoming events:

UVSS All Candidates Forum 
Today, March 2, 2015 at 3pm
SUB Upper Lounge
Matt will be speaking on behalf of the Campus Community Garden in the election’s all candidates meeting today at 3pm. Come to show your support, ask questions, or listen to find out more about why we are asking for $0.74 from students. Go Matt go!

UVSS Voting Day
March 4, 9am – March 5, 9am
Polling stations in the SUB, Clearihue, McPherson Library, Fine Arts building and Engineering. 
This Wednesday is the UVSS voting day and we encourage all undergraduates to get out to the polling station (or online: webvote.uvic.ca) to vote. In order to get any of the referendums passed, we need a minimum of 15% of student votes, so any participation i s really appreciated.

March Board Meeting
March 9, 2015 at 4pm
SUB B028

Upcoming work parties
Fri 2-3:45pm

Office Hours
SUB B118
Monday 10am-3pm
Tuesday: 2-4pm

Garden News for February 23, 2015

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The garden works to offer skill-building workshops, a Giving Garden program to grow food for students and the food bank, and community events, but we currently cannot keep up with the demand in a long-term capacity. In the upcoming UVSS elcetion, we are asking students to support contributing student fees to the ongoing growth of the garden. With an additional $0.76/full-time student and $0.37/part-time student per semester we could offer more consistent services and increase our ability to grow more food for students.

With increased funding, we want to offer:

  • More workshops related to food skills
  • Events related to food politics and relevant issues
  • Advocacy to increase access to healthy foods for low income and marginalized peoples
  • Reducing barriers for participation in the community garden, e.g. wheelchair/physical accessibility
  • Implementation of projects to increase food growth such as:
    • Expanded greenhouse
    • Additional composting facilities
    • Aquaponics system
    • Outdoor/community kitchen
    • Expanded communal growing spaces

If you want to support this campaign, please vote in favour of our referendum on March 4-5. Join our facebook event, pick up a sticker or flyer at our table in the SUB and spread the word to others!

Email us at ccgarden@uvic.ca if you have any questions or what to help out with the campaign this week in any way. Volunteers are welcomed to join a campaign meeting Tuesday February 24th at 3:30pm in SUB B118.

Garden Site Committee Meeting
Want to get more involved with garden site planning? No experience is necessary but an interest in infrastructure projects such as building paths and greenhouses, tool maintenance, or making compost are major priorities for CCG site committee. This meeting will be discussion based, focused on planning with future meetings focused on action.
Where: At the Garden
When: Sunday, March 1
Time: 11:00 am -12:30 pm

Office Hours
Mon 10-3
Tues 2-4

Work party
Fri 2-3:45