Garden Workshops

The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly highlighted the vulnerability of our current food supply chain system, which depends on food coming to us from all over the world. Local food sustainability experts report that as much as 95% of fresh foods in the East Kootenay come from outside of the region. At times like these, it is clear that Kimberley’s reliance on this global food system leaves us vulnerable. This compels us to build the local food supply network that we need to become more self-reliant.

Participating in our Garden Workshop Series is a great way to learn sustainable growing techniques, connect with your community, and experience the satisfaction of producing your own fresh, nutritious food! Your involvement and gardening efforts directly contribute to the food security and resilience of our community.

2021 Workshops:

 

Natural Weed & Pest Control Strategies

You don’t need chemicals to grow a successful garden. Here we’ll discuss a range of natural and organic techniques—from fencing and flowers to ladybugs and beer—that you can use to control the pests and weeds in your garden and grow healthy, thriving plants. 

When: Wednesday, July 28th

Time: 7:00-8:30 pm

Cost: $10

Location: Kimberley Community Garden

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Composting

In a wild place like Kimberley, it can be hard to compost scraps and keep the animals out. This workshop will cover all the key principles of composting, proportions of browns to greens, moisture, as well as some useful models for composting with bins, barrels and worms, too. 

When: Early August

Time: 2-3:30 pm

Cost: $10

Location: Kimberley Community Garden

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Food Preservation: Canning

It takes some effort, but once you learn how to do it right, canning can let you enjoy the fruits of your field all through the winter. But fear not! For those of us who are complete beginners, we’re going to break down the process to its simplest steps with a seasoned canner at the helm.

When: End of August

Time: 2-3:30 pm

Cost: $10

Location: Kimberley Community Garden

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Food Preservation: Drying, Freezing, Cold Storage

Drying and cold storage have been used for centuries to preserve fall foods for the winter and modern refrigeration lets us freeze others. Learn how to turn your garden harvest into snacks, frozen meal kits, or ingredients for your winter soups and stews.

When: Early September

Time: 2-3:30 pm

Cost: $10

Location: Kimberley Community Garden

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Seed Saving

Not every seed grows the same, so it is important to save the seeds that perform the best in our unique climate and soil. We’ll cover the whole process for the selection, collection, cleaning, storage and archiving of your seeds. Take steps toward building a stronger food foundation in Kimberley!

When: Mid September

Time: 2-3:30 pm

Cost: $10

Location: Kimberley Community Garden

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Winterizing the Garden & Overwinter Planting

Take the right steps—preparing and covering your soil, adding organic matter, and so on—at the end of the season and you’ll have a garden that’s ready to go in the spring. There are even a number of vegetable varieties that you can plant in the fall for an early harvest in spring! We’ll talk about indoor growing, too, so you can keep some of that summer fresh all winter.

When: End of September

Time: 2-3:30 pm

Cost: $10

Location: Kimberley Community Garden

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Past Workshop Handouts

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Contact

97 Wallinger Ave
Kimberley, BC V1A 1Y6
Summer Office Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 9:30am - 4pm
Phone: 250-427-2535
kimcran@wildsight.ca