Thank you Michael!

It is with sadness that we say goodbye to our amazing Education Coordinator, Michael. If you had anything to do with our school garden programs, or with our kid's farm camps in the summer, you would know the passion and care that Michael put into every aspect of his job. He was able to share both his extensive farming knowledge and enthusiastic energy with the kids, and the teachers who worked with him appreciated his organization and attention to detail. We are so excited to see where his new job at the Centre for Community Engaged Learning at UBC will take him, but we'll miss him here at EGP!

On that note...we're hiring a new Education Coordinator! Click here to apply.

Always growing,

     - Claire & Haydn

In this Issue

4. Seed sovereignty and peasants' rights
5. Get Involved!

Seedy Saturday is Back!

The annual North Shore Seedy Saturday is back on March 9th! This is the place for gardeners, farmers and growers to swap seeds, chat with your neighbours and learn about growing on the North Shore!

Seedy Saturday is a free event geared towards knowledge sharing, community building and awareness and advocacy of seeds and seed saving. We know that North Vancouver is already home to a ton of experienced and enthusiastic gardeners, who are interested in growing their own food and gardening in a way that has reduces our impact on the environment. More and more, gardeners are looking for local, organically produced seeds, and they want interesting and unusual varieties. Seedy Saturday is an opportunity for local seed savers to bring in their seeds and swap with other community members, but it’s also for anyone who wants to know more about seeds!

There will be community booths and kid-friendly activities, and we will also be giving away seeds on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you would like to bring seeds to swap, please make sure they are packaged and labelled before the event. You are not required to bring seeds to attend the event.

The details:
Venue: North Shore Neighbourhood House, 225 East 2nd Street, North Vancouver
Date: March 9, 2019
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Agriculture in Taiwan

Because January is a slow month at the farm, our Program Manager and Farm Coordinator both did some travelling - to Taiwan and Vietnam respectively. Read on to hear about Claire's trip to Taiwan. 
To escape the cold Vancouver winter, I spent three weeks camping and cycling on the beautiful island of Taiwan! I cycled through lush mountains, past ornate Taoist temples, and along wild beaches. Of course, I was always checking out farms along the way, and loved tasting all the tropical fruits at roadside stands. One of the most amazing farms I visited was up in the high mountains near the Heping District.
Here, farmers grow pears on dizzyingly steep slopes and use a small one-track funicular to move pears and equipment from the top of the farm to the bottom. Another highlight was tasting the world-famous oolong tea, grown at a neighbouring farm. More than anything, I was humbled by the generosity and kindness of the farmers and mountain people that I met along the way. To learn more about agriculture in Taiwan, check out this resource from the Taiwanese government. 

Winter Growing Tips

Is your garden ready for the cold snap?
If you haven't already noticed - February is cold! Make sure to check in on your over wintering crops right now to make sure they're protected from the frost. Adding more mulch where it has blown away or become flattened is a good idea. Your leeks, celeriac, cabbage, carrots and garlic will thank you. If you still have leafy greens in your garden, it might be a good idea to throw a sheet of plastic over top, which will help trap heat from the sun. Hardier greens like kale should be fine, in fact, many winter plants like kale are currently converting their starches into sugars, resulting in a sweeter flavour!

Seed sovereignty and peasants' rights

UN vote formally extends human rights protections to farmers whose “seed sovereignty” is threatened by government and corporate practices.

Get Involved


We are always looking for volunteers at Loutet Farm and for our Sharing Gardens!
  1. Internships with EGP
  2. Volunteer with EGP
  3. Become a Community Market Vendor
  4. Book a Farm Tour
  5. Help Grow Edible Garden Project

Upcoming Events

March 9th: Seedy Saturday at the North Shore Neighbourhood House!

Stay tuned to our website calendar or our Facebook page for other upcoming events and workshops!


 

Loutet Farm Volunteer Sessions will be starting soon! Fill out a volunteer application to get on our email list!


Regular volunteer shifts:
Tuesdays 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (starting in March)
Thursdays 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm (starting in April)
Fridays 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (starting in May)

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