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 !

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/.

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