Wild Immune Tonic ​Workshop

Make your own Wild Immune Tonic – ​Free Workshop!

with Latifa Pelletier-Ahmed, MSc Herbal Medicine, BSc Botany
www.latifasherbs.com

3-5pm at the garden
Friday, October 19th, 2018.

We will look at underutilized plants in the garden, to see how they can be used medicinally. We will harvest herbs for making an immune tonic.
Learn how to identify plants and harvest sustainably. Possible plant medicines include: cedar, pine, dandelion root, echinacea root.

Jars will supplied!

The grass is growing!

Lawn Maintenance Machines Orientation Workshop

Friday, April 20th at 3 PM at the Campus Community Garden

This workshop is open for everyone to attend, and is especially for the gardeners, volunteers and staff who help at the UVic Campus Community Garden to become more familiar with the lawn mowers and weed whackers. Important details like what kind of fuel to use, how to maintain the equipment, and safety protocol will be covered during our work party. Join us if you want to know how to best maintain your machines at home as well!

Aida Mashari runs Enduring Equipment, a business focusing on the repair and maintenance of farm and garden equipment. She got into this work when she was an organic vegetable farmer wanting to learn how to take care of the machines and other tools she was using. She is now fully focused on advancing her repair skills and teaching others who are keen to learn.

http://www.enduringequipment.com/

Propagation workshop!

Edible Plant Propagation and Grafting Workshop

Wednesday, April 18 at 4 PM at the Campus Community Garden

Come learn about a variety of propagation techniques for different types of edible perennial trees, shrubs and herbs. We will also talk about the how-to of grafting. All are welcome to join!

About the facilitator:
Matt Gravel is a Victoria-based permaculturalist with a passion for sustainable and living systems. After 10 years of property maintenance and conventional landscaping, he became tired of the unsustainable and non-regenerative practices commonly used in urban environments and wanted to find a way to change these urban spaces.
He has been studying permaculture since 2012. He completed his Permaculture Design Certificate through Gaia Craft & Langara College in Vancouver, BC and his Advanced Permaculture Design Certification at the Bullock’s Permaculture Homestead on Orcas Island, WA. Currently, he is working towards a diploma in permaculture education through the Permaculture Institute.

Gravel operates a nursery, design, and education business—Plant Buoy: Life Preservation Plants. He is thrilled to be teaching people about low maintenance, ecological systems that grow nutrient dense food and medicine while regenerating urban landscapes.

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: http://www.canarm.org/about-us-canadian-rainwater-association

Kent’s website:
http://rainwatercanada.ca/about-ken-nentwig/.