CCG is hiring!

Hello everyone! Welcome back to school for all those students, we hope you’re all ready for the new school year.

We want to tell you about some amazing opportunities for growing your passion and knowledge about urban agriculture and food sustainability. If this interests you, then you could be part of the Campus Community Garden’s dream team! We have two employment opportunities available for two lucky students: the Outreach Officer, and a  Campus Community Garden Project Assistant position through UVic’s Work Study program. For further details, check out the job posting and description link included in this post! We are accepting applications for the Outreach Officer position until Thursday, September 13th at 4pm.

We will post the details for the Project Assistant position as soon as possible!Campus_Community_Gardens_CCG_Outreach_Officer

Join our Board of Directors!

For more up to date information on becoming a board member, please visit our new website www.communitygardenuvic.weebly.com!

The Campus Community Garden is seeking new board members for the 2018 Spring and Summer seasons!

Board members must be a current student, staff member, or faculty at UVic.

The Campus Community Garden’s Board of Directors meet regularly to make decisions and discuss the garden’s administration, finances, workshops, events, projects, and outreach.

Garden staff members are accountable to the Board of Directors. Board members are expected to take on volunteer leadership roles on behalf of the garden including tasks related to finances, outreach, infrastructure, giving gardens, compost, and education.

If you would like to attend our next meeting (tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, April 25th at 5pm), please send a message to ccgarden [at] uvic [dot] ca.

Please mention this to any students, staff or faculty who you think would be a great board member for the garden!

What does being a Campus Community Garden Board Member entail?

  • An 8-12 month commitment, 12 months or longer preferred
  • Attend monthly board meetings
  • Manage the Garden budget
  • Provide guidance and participate in decision making for the management of the garden
  • Sign up for leadership team responsibilities and take initiative to ensure tasks are completed
  • Develop and lead projects with the help of Campus Community Garden Staff and other community members
  • *Active participation in garden work parties is NOT a requirement*

Benefits of being a CCG Board Member:

  • Gain experience with organizing workshops and events, community outreach, budgeting, and managing volunteers
  • Training on board governance and relevant responsibilities
  • Free admission to all Campus Community Garden workshops and events (including Annual Farm Crawl & Orchard Crawl)
  • Free fruits/vegetables from the giving gardens
  • Gain knowledge and experience with gardening and Permaculture
  • Be part of a vibrant garden community and network
  • Experience to include on your CV
  • Contribute to making the garden fun and awesome!

Contact the Garden Coordinator: 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/.

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