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Garden Season Kick-off!

Leslie has organized a fantastic event to kick off the gardening season. The Garden Season Kick off will be held on March 18th, 10am-3pm, at the City of North Vancouver Library. 

Join in to connect to the community of North Shore growers and get a jumpstart on the growing season.  Come for the whole day or just drop in to: share seeds, questions, growing experience and learn together. Become a member of the North Vancouver seed library, and learn about saving your own seed. In addition to our annual seed swap (12pm-2pm), we will have seedling sales, local seed vendors, talks and mini-workshops led by community members. Regional seedy experts like Dan Jason from Salt Spring Seeds and Cease Wyss from Harmony Gardens will be there!

Check out the website for the full schedule of events and to register for the workshops! 

Hope to see you there!

- Colleen, Holly, Leslie, and Emily 
 

Good-bye Holly! We're sad to see you go! 

As a farmer, there are few things that feel as exciting as hints of the arrival of Spring. The warmth of the sun returns, the smell of damp soil mixes with the crisp air and hopes of bountiful fields and mid-summer harvests jump out of the pages of seed catalogues and trays of emerging seedlings.  

Change is abundant.  Hope is abundant.    

This season, I will be moving on from the Edible Garden Project and Spring will bring me in a new direction. Read more from Holly's blog post...

Volunteer Farm Intern Applications OPEN!


Looking for an opportunity to experience a season in a community engaged food growing space?  Dreaming of starting a small farm and not sure where to start?  We’re looking for outstanding and inspired candidates for our volunteer intern team at Loutet Farm and the Sutherland Schoolyard Market Garden. Please help spread the word to any who may be interested!

Every year we recruit a team of amazing volunteer interns to join the EGP Farm team. Volunteer interns dedicate a season of volunteering on the farms, gain an incredible hands on education in urban farming and provide valuable support to our farmers. 
 

If you have any questions about the program or the application, please contact Holly at holly [at] ediblegardeproject.com.

Welcome Thanu!


Thanu Eagalle has joined the EGP Team as Education Coordinator - you'll be seeing her in school gardens, childcare gardens, and leading student groups at the farm soon!

Thanushi just moved from Ontario to British Columbia and she's already in love with the west coast mountains. She has a Masters in Integrative Biology from the University of Guelph and is doing another Masters in Museum Education at UBC. Thanu loves teaching students about the environment, gardening and sustainability practices and is also involved with the Intergenerational Landed Learning Project at UBC. In her spare time she loves to explore outdoors, photograph nature and grow heirloom vegetables in her garden - especially super hot peppers! This year, Thanu is looking forward to seeing all the friendly faces ready to grow delicious veggies with the Edible Garden Project!

Sharing Some 2016 Season Highlights


Leslie has written a great blog post to share some of her 2016 season highlights, and those of the volunteers she is working with. The photos and audio clip of volunteers' reflections on the season are fantastic! 

Read her blog post here.

FIRST WORKBEE OF 2017!!

March 4th: 9am-12pm, Loutet Farm - Invasive species pull at Loutet Farm! Join us and Evergreen to clean up blackberry bushes that are taking over the Loutet Farm compost piles.

Calling New Volunteers! 


We're recruiting
 new volunteers -- if you've always wanted to get involved, now is a great time to get in touch. Meet for a tea and chat about what draws you so we can find just the right fit and you are ready to get your hands dirty at first thaw.
We are looking for sharing gardeners, school garden volunteers, market volunteers but also have special projects for folks with the right skill set and/or passion--office admin, social media/communications, photography, produce driver, compost captains, and more!

Fill out an application and get more info here OR email leslie@ediblegardenproject.com 

Update from the Farms


This year we're changing our Farm Gate Sales schedule at Loutet Farm to only Saturdays 10am-12pm.


In 2016 we found that Wednesday afternoon Farm Gate Sales had low participation, and we heard your feedback about how horrible it was to battle traffic to get there! By holding only Saturday Farm Gate Sales we will have significantly more produce for sale at the most convenient time for our customers. Thank you so much to all of you that participated in our fall survey - it really helped us make this decision, and we hope that your Farm Gate Sales experience improves as a result! 
 

Now Hiring Farmer & Farm Hand:


Applications are open for the Farmer and Farm Hand positions - due February 13th. Please share with your networks! Find the descriptions and eligibility information here.
Fresh Air Learning is hosting a volunteer recruitment night on February 3rd for seniors that love to work with children in the garden. Sign up & find the details here.
Leslie and Holly managed the honeybee hives at Loutet Farm in 2016, and have written a great blog post on what their year looked like and what they learned!
Read it here. 
City of North Vancouver Library Small Grants are open for applications! Apply for up to $500 to support creative projects, events, & initiatives - check out the criteria and application here! 


 
We are proud to be a Good Food Organization working towards a healthy and fair food system in alliance with Community Food Centres Canada. We are joining a  growing network of like-minded organizations across  Canada who share a commitment to offering healthy and dignified food programs in their communities.

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