Irrigation Workshops!

Irrigation Design Basics for Growing Food Workshops!
Wednesday, March 21st & 28th, 2018 – 4pm
at the UVic Campus Community Garden

Installation Workshop on a Friday work party at the garden to follow!

These hands-on workshops will be geared towards determining what is needed for designing a simple, time saving irrigation system that a gardener could set up in their plot to grow an abundance of food. Topics will include how to test your water pressure, plan for an automatic timer system, back flow prevention and multiple valve manifolds.

Instructor: Chris Kennedy, Local Victoria Landscaper with Kennedy Landscape Services

Chris runs a small gardening company. Since 2001, he has been designing, installing and servicing residential irrigation systems. He is dedicated to organic practices and the efficient use of resources. He loves his work.

Please register for this free workshop by emailing ccgarden [at] uvic [dot] ca

Water Systems Workshops

Water Systems for Growing Food – 2018 Workshop Series coming up in March!

At the Campus Community Garden we are continually applying permaculture principles to support the resiliency of our urban agriculture site. Growing food requires a reliable source of water, and ideally more than one for redundancy. So with the principle of ‘Catch and Store Energy’, we will improve our system of harvesting one of the elements from the sky!

Rainwater Harvesting Workshops

4:00-6:30pm – Wednesday, March 7th – Campus Community Garden 
This introductory workshop will go over system basics and design concepts for rainwater harvesting, as applied to the garden, including the greenhouses. The site will be examined to see how rainwater can best be captured, conveyed, stored, and distributed to the garden beds.

4:00-6:30pm – Wednesday, March 14th – Campus Community Garden
This workshop will focus on rainwater system components that are offered by manufacturers and distributors. Participants will review a selection of suitable parts and work on meeting the design criteria for the system to be installed at the garden.

Please bring a notepad, measuring tape, calculator and a camera, and be ready to ‘b’rainstorm! We will start at the UVic Campus Community Garden, and then go to the Student Union Building to continue drawing designs.

Instructor: Ken Nentwig, BLA, MLA, CLIP, CLD

Ken has developed and facilitates online courses in Rainwater Management and in SketchUp for Landscape Design for Gaia College, which are also offered through Royal Roads University (BC), and Humber and Seneca Colleges (ON). With CANARM, Ken created and delivered a Canadian rainwater harvesting certification course, now superseded by the ARCSA Accredited Professional (AP) program.

Ken was the Executive Director for the Society for Organic Urban Land Care; and co-facilitator for Ecological Landscape Design (Gaia College). As a consultant, Ken undertakes landscape and site planning, along with rainwater harvesting system planning in association with landscape contractors, builders, and rainwater specialists.

Check out the Canadian Association for Rainwater Management:

Kent’s website:

End of Season Maintenance Workshop for Small Machines

UPCOMING WORKSHOP at the Uvic Garden:

End of Season Maintenance for Small Machines
Friday, Nov 10th, 2017 – 3-5pm
at the Campus Community Garden

End of season maintenance is better for your equipment… and you’ll be thankful when the growing season starts again!

Learn how to take care of your machines and keep them running smoothly.

We will go through preventative maintenance routines that will make all your growing equipment last longer and work better for you.

There are a lot of simple things you can do to save time and money – while reducing your waste!

Workshop by Enduring Equipment

Garden Potluck


Join the campus community for an evening summer social at the garden. There will be fresh veggies from the garden and live music by local musicians.

Staff and renters have been working hard this spring to bring the garden to life. We want to celebrate the coming season and harvests and bring the community together to enjoy the garden. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow gardeners, students, staff, and families.

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