Seedy Saturday – Winter Gardening

Seedy Saturday - Sept 24
Join the Cedar Cottage Food Network and the Vancouver Public Library for the fifth of our 2016 Seedy Saturday workshop series. Each event includes a workshop on a gardening topic and a seed swap.

Learn how to get your garden ready for cold weather, including staggering plant cycles, protecting your soil and various structures you can use to maximize your harvest.

Take home seeds from the Seed Sharing Library or bring your own to donate. This event is free but seating is limited so please pre-register.

This event is free but seating is limited so please pre-register online or in person at the library branch. Light refreshments will be available. The facility is wheelchair accessible.

See you there!

Seedy Saturday: Starting seeds indoors – March 5

SeedySaturday03.16It’s back! Our Seedy Saturday workshop series in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library – Kensington branch is returning for the 2016 season and kicking off on March 5th.

Our first session will cover starting seeds indoors, an important skill for beginner and advanced gardeners alike. Instructor Tamiae Squibb will show participants how and when to start which seeds indoors (and which to sow directly), go over caring for the seeds, and discuss transplanting those little seedlings.

As always, our Seed Sharing Library will be open and full of seeds for participants to take home to experiment with in their gardens. We also accept donations of seeds – if you save seeds yourself and have extras, please bring some to share with everyone.

This workshop is free but seating is limited so please pre-register online or in person at the Kensington branch of the Vancouver Public Library. Light refreshments will be served.

See you there!

Seedy Saturday: Specialty Gardening – Nov. 21

SeedySat11.21.15Chickens and bees and mushrooms, oh my! If you’ve ever considered including these beneficial additions in your garden but don’t know where to start, this is the workshop for you.

Join the Cedar Cottage Food Network and the Vancouver Public Library – Kensington branch for this introductory workshop, the last of our Seedy Saturday workshop series for 2015, on November 21st from 11am-1pm.

Instructor Kim Del Valle Garcia has many years of experience with farming and permaculture. She has chickens and bees at home, and is familiar with bioremediation techniques, which involve mushrooms. She will discuss her experiences with these three garden helpers, explaining the benefits and challenges that she has faced.

The Kensington-Cedar Cottage Seed Sharing Library will be open at the event, if you would like to take home some seeds or donate ones you have saved.

The workshop is free but space is limited so please register at kccspecialty.eventbrite.ca. See you there!

Harvest Festival & Food Swap: Sept. 27

HarvestFestival2014.1It’s here again: the 2nd Annual Harvest Festival and Food Swap! We’ll be bringing in the new season in style down at Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House on September 27th from 10am-2pm.

The CCFN is proud to work with the Neighbourhood House again this year to put on this event. It also just so happens that the 27th is one of our mobile market days at CCNH. Amongst the other family-friendly activities, you’ll be able to stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables for the week.

Bring a friend (and a homemade/homegrown food item to swap) and come on down for a fun afternoon to welcome autumn!

 

Seedy Saturday: Caring for your garden – May 31st

SeedySat0531Our next Seedy Saturday event with the Vancouver Public Library is coming up soon! On May 31st, participants can learn more about garden maintenance, swap seeds, and meet their neighbours. The workshop will go over caring for your newly transplanted seedlings, attracting beneficial insects (and keeping the pests away), choosing soils, and when to harvest.

Of course, the Kensington-Cedar Cottage Seed Sharing Library will once again be making an appearance. Grab some last minute seeds to sow right into the earth, or donate what you’ve saved.

Register online at kccgardencare.eventbrite.ca or in person at the Kensington branch of the VPL. Tickets went fast for our workshop in April so snag yours today!

What to plant when (and where) – April 5

SeedySat0405On March 1st, the Kensington-Cedar Cottage Seed Sharing Library lent out its first seeds. Now, we’re ready to hold our next Seedy Saturday event: What to plant when (and where)!

Join us April 5th from 11am-1pm at the Kensington branch of the Vancouver Public Library (1428 Cedar Cottage Mews) to learn about the following from our knowledgeable instructor:

  • when to sow seeds directly into the ground
  • when to transplant your starts
  • companion planting (which plants do well next to each other)
  • permaculture principles (overall garden design)
Please pre-register for this workshop to guarantee your spot: kccplant.eventbrite.ca. These free tickets are going to move quickly so get yours today!
Seeds will be available once again and it sounds like we may even have some starts available by donation. Be sure to bring something to take notes with, as our presenter has a ton of knowledge to share. See you there!

Seedy Saturday – March 1

ImageIt’s time to begin thinking about your garden for this year. If you would like to grow from seed this season, head down to our first Seedy Saturday on March 1st from 10am-12pm.

Some of you may remember that the Cedar Cottage Food Network and the Vancouver Public Library have teamed up to start the Kensington-Cedar Cottage Seed Sharing Library at the Kensington branch. This event will be the grand opening of the Seed Library. You are more than welcome to bring seeds you have saved as well!

Hope to see you there!

Special thanks to Decoda Literacy‘s Raise-a-Reader program for their help in putting on this event. 

Seedy Thursday: November 21st

SeedWorkshopPosterThe Cedar Cottage Food Network and the Kensington branch of the Vancouver Public Library are working together to start a community Seed Sharing Library next spring and we need your help!

On November 21st from 6:30-8pm, join us at the Kensington branch (1428 Cedar Cottage Mews) for a seed-saving workshop and public dialogue about the operation of this miniature library. Because this Seed Sharing Library is for you, the community members, your input is important to us!

Learn why seed-saving is so vital to our local food systems and how this venture into sharing seeds can diversify our food production. This is also an opportunity to increase literacy in our community, as we all learn together how we can collectively make changes to our food systems.

The event is free and open to everyone but registration is required. Do so online or in person at the library.

See you there!