Spring schedule 2019 for West End Neighbourhood Food Network (April, May, June)

vegetables-vegetable-basket-harvest-garden.jpgWe are happy to announce our spring 2019 schedule.

Potlucks and garden clubs will take place on the fourth Sunday of the month during the spring. These are at West End Community Centre at 870 Denman Street, Vancouver. WENFN is a member of the Vancouver Network of Food Networks. In our list below, you will find (1) Community Potlucks, Seed Library & Workshops, (2) West End Urban Garden Club events, and then (3) Gardening Workshop Series.

For registration in events, please call the community centre (604-257-8333) website www.westendcc.ca. Event numbers are indicated immediately after the dates below.

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1. Community Potlucks, Seed Library & Workshops

Join West End Neighbourhood Food Network and Village Vancouver at our monthly family friendly gatherings. Bring something yummy, share some good food and conversation with neighbours, and pick up a West End Urban Garden Calendar. Each month we present a mini-workshop on a different food and/or gardening related topic -our focus this Spring is on Growing, Growing, Growing!

April – Growing Edible Flowers,
May – Growing Great Tomatoes,
June – Eating on the Wild Side: Growing Vegetable Varieties that Maximize Nutrition.

We’ll have the community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds or plants. Followed by the West End Urban Garden Club (separate registration required).
Instructor: Village Vancouver & West End Neighbourhood Food Network
Barclay Room

  • Sun Apr 28 1:00-2:30pm, 213137 Free
  • Sun May 26 1:00-2:30pm, 213141 Free
  • Sun Jun 23 1:00-2:30pm, 213142 Free

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2. West End Urban Garden Club

Organized by West End Neighbourhood Food Network, we share information, organize food and gardening workshops, save and give out seeds, produce the West End Urban Garden Calendar, explore possibilities for creating more gardening spaces in the West End, and engage in other food and gardening related activities. In addition, our WeBee pollinators group will be giving out Mason bee houses (while supplies last), and kids (of all ages) can take a picture with WeBee. Each month we hold a discussion/present a short talk or engage in a food and/or gardening related activity of interest to West Enders and others.

  • April – Exploring the West End Urban Gardening Calendar,
  • May – How to Create a Village in the City,
  • June – Seed Packet Party.

All ages welcome, whether you currently have a garden or not! Preceded by Village Vancouver’s and WENFN’s monthly Community Potluck, Seed Library & Workshop (separate registration required).

Instructor: West End Neighbourhood Food Network
Location: All in Barclay Room

  • Sun Apr 28 2:30-3:30pm, 213138 Free
  • Sun May 26 2:30-3:30pm, 213145 Free
  • Sun Jun 23 2:30-3:30pm, 213146 Free

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3. Gardening Workshop Series – West End Neighbourhood Food Network & Village Vancouver.

Note: Advance registration encouraged. FREE for Seniors (50yrs +).

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Balcony, Container, and Small Space Gardening

Want to grow food, but don’t have much room? In this Village Vancouver and WENFN West End Urban Garden Club workshop, instructor Rhiannon Johnson will cover the techniques and challenges specific to gardening in small spaces, both indoors and outdoors. We’ll look at soil, fertilizing organically, watering, types of containers, different sun orientations and, of course, what to grow in your space. We’ll have a community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds. Advance registration suggested.

Instructor: Village Vancouver & West End Neighbourhood Food Network
Thu Apr 4 6:30-8:30pm
213154 $13/1 sess
Meeting Room 2

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Building Healthy Soil

In this Village Vancouver and WENFN West End Urban Garden Club workshop with Karen Ageson from Farmers on 57th, you’ll learn some rudimentary soil biology and the importance of feeding your soil in building a healthy garden. You’ll walk away with some basic techniques, and the know how to help your garden thrive. We’ll have a community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds. Advance registration suggested.

Instructor: West End Neighbourhood Food Network & Village Vancouver
Thu Jun 6 6:30-8:30pm
213177 $13/1 sess
Meeting Room 2

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Crop Planning for Gardeners NEW

Plan for Success by Planting in Succession! Now’s a great time to start planning for your most productive gardening season yet. In this Village Vancouver and WENFN West End Urban Garden Club workshop with Mik Turje, you’ll learn about crop rotation, succession planting, and companion planting. Create a garden map and a planting and harvest schedule to help you get everything planted on time, lengthen your harvest, create steady production, and increase garden health and diversity. With proper planning, you’ll be amazed at how productive even a small garden can be! We’ll have a community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds. Advance registration suggested.

Instructor: West End Neighbourhood Food Network & Village Vancouver
Sun May 5 1:00-3:00pm
213169 $13/1 sess
Barclay Room

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Grow Your Own MIcrogreens NEW

Microgreens are tasty and nutritious greens that can be eaten as a fresh snack or added to salads, smoothies, soups and more. In this Village Vancouver and WENFN West End Urban Garden Club workshop with Dr. Yael Stav, you’ll learn how to grow your own trays of microgreens at home year-round. We’ll look at the difference between sprouts and microgreens, review the many possible seeds that can be used for starting microgreens, and look into troubleshooting common problems. You’ll prepare your own microgreen tray to take home! Supplies included. We’ll have a community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds. Advance registration recommended.

Instructor: Village Vancouver & West End Neighbourhood Food Network
Tue May 14 6:30-8:30pm
213171 $13/1 sess
Bidwell Room

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Growing Plenty of Potatoes NEW

Learn how and when to plant, grow, harvest, and store potatoes. In this Village Vancouver and WENFN West End Urban Garden Club workshop with Rhiannon Johnson, we’ll discuss the best varieties for our area, preparation for planting, feeding, preventing problems, and much more for growing tasty potatoes! Each participant will take potato “seed” home with them. We’ll have a community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds. Advance registration suggested.

Instructor: West End Neighbourhood Food Network & Village Vancouver
Sun Apr 14 1:00-3:00pm
213156 $13/1 sess
Barclay Room

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Native Edibles Talk and Walk

It can be easy to forget about the wealth of food that grows all around us. In this Village Vancouver and WENFN West End Urban Garden Club offering, you’ll learn about edible plants that call our region home. Lori Snyder from the Metis Nation will discuss how to identify and harvest wild, edible, and medicinal plants in an ethical way. We’ll have the community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds. Advance registration suggested.

Instructor: Village Vancouver & West End Neighbourhood Food Network
Tue May 28 6:30`-8:30pm
213174 $13/1 sess
Bidwell Room

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Vegetable Gardening for Beginners NEW

Have you always wanted to learn how to grow your own food, but don’t know where to start? Did you try, only to meet with frustration? This Village Vancouver and WENFN West End Urban Garden Club beginners-level gardening workshop with Mik Turje will go over all the basics you need to know to start growing your own vegetables: Soil health basics, planting (from seed and transplanting), watering, fertility, harvesting, plant health, troubleshooting, and information about the most common vegetable plant families and what they need to thrive! We’ll have a community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds. Advance registration suggested.

Instructor: West End Neighbourhood Food Network & Village Vancouver
Sun Apr 21 1:00-3:00pm
213158 $13/1 sess
Barclay Room

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