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 start with harvesting one element 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 With CANARM, Ken created and delivered a Canadian rainwater harvesting certification course, now superseded by the ARCSA Accredited Professional (AP) program.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/.

Pruning Workshop

Tobias Hewton, a current UVic student who offers Fruit Tree Pruning Services, will share his tree care knowledge at this week’s Friday afternoon work party.
The Campus Community Garden is home to a very old apple tree in need of restoration! See ‘before’ picture above.

Friday, March 10th 3:30-5pm @ the Campus Community Garden
Our Work Party activities will also include:
Seeding, bed prep, fixing tools, food & fun!

Grow Your Own Food 101

STUDENTS TAKE BACK YOUR GROCERY RECEIPT AND GROW YOUR OWN!

Want to grow your own groceries but not sure where to even start? This is a workshop designed for total beginners who want to get their hands dirty and start growing fresh produce in their backyards or in containers!

Friday, February 24th, 2017 12 – 3pm

Student Unoin Building B203
Snacks and food provided!

Integrated volunteer work party to get your hands dirty after the workshop at the Campus Community Garden, from 3:30 – 5pm

Campus Plan Photo contest

Have any sweet photos of the Campus Community Garden? Show your love for the garden and submit them to the Campus Plan Photo Contest! This contest is about the future of our UVic campus and we want a permanent Campus Community Garden to be part of that vision.

Snap photos by Feb 22nd 2015 and mail them to campusplanupdate@uvic.ca. You will be entered into a draw to win one of three $100 Bookstore Giftcards and your photos might be included in the Campus Plan Update reports!

Read the Campus Plan Photo contest guidelines here.