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 With CANARM, Ken created and delivered a Canadian rainwater harvesting certification course, now superseded by the ARCSA Accredited Professional (AP) program.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

Garden Projects

Our community of gardeners including plot renters, CCG staff and board members have been working hard to keep the garden growing great, and make improvements to the garden’s infrastructure. Staff have been making weekly garden produce drop offs to the UVSS Food Bank, and planning the details of our new outdoor sink and grey water mulch basin system. Come and check it out, get your hands in the soil and fill them up with wonderful veggies!

Work Bees:
Wednesday, August 2nd  3:30 – 5:30pm
Thursday, August 3rd 5:30 – 7pm
Work bee tasks:
  • Tend to squash circle
  • Harvest berries & produce for volunteers
  • Prepare flower garden for new benches
  • Construction of new outdoor sink
  • Work on communal plots
  • Turn/make compost

Annual Farm Crawl!

-Art by Marlo Rose

Join the UVic Campus Community Garden for the popular annual Farm Crawl!

Saturday, April 1st, 2017 at 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

This year we will be visiting OUR Ecovillage, Alderlea Farm (biodynamic farming) and Blue Roots Farm (permaculture).

We will drive up to Shawnigan Lake on the Social Coast Action Bus to tour OUR Ecovillage, stay there for lunch and then make our way to Alderlea and Blue Roots for the afternoon. Lunch is provided by OUR Ecovillage.

COST: $15 students/ $20 community member (includes a wholesome lunch)

Tickets available on Eventbrite and at the UVSS ticket booth. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ccg-farm-crawl-tickets-32197828572

Spring 2017 Garden News!

Join us for WORK PARTIES!

Volunteers are welcome to join CCG staff outside on Wednesdays at 3:30pm at the UVSS food bank SUB garden beds, or on Friday afternoons at the Campus Community Garden, weather permitting, to help with various activities and learning opportunities!

On Fridays, if the weather is still too wintery, we will work indoors at the SUB (check the office for where to go).

This is our current work party TO DO list:

Indoor tasks: Complete seed inventory, create seed order, type up tool list, design building projects & plantings, brainstorm ideas!

Outdoor tasks: Organize materials & tool shed, fix gazebo roof and other infrastructure, tidy permaculture & native plant gardens, relocate potting area benches, flip compost, weed beds!