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:

 

Indoor Plant Starts

The Indoor Plant Starts workshop is an introduction to how you can get a jump on our short growing season by planting indoors weeks before the last frosty night. We’ll discuss some different techniques, the timing and needs of different plant varieties, soil and light requirements, and talk about grow lights too. With lots of time for questions.

When: Saturday, April 24

Time: 2:00-3:30 PM

Cost: $10

Location: Zoom (virtual)

Registration Closed

 

Season Extension Techniques

In this workshop, we’ll get to work at the Community Garden building a few different styles of season extension systems to help thaw your soil and provide a frost-free space for your early-season plantings. Includes straw bale cold frames, wooden cold frames, hoop tunnels, and a few other tricks.

When: Saturday, May 1st

Time: 2:00-3:30 PM

Cost: $10

Location: Kimberley Community Garden

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Garden Building & Planning

Get an idea of how best to organize your growing space to get the most out of your garden labour. We’ll cover topics like location, companion planting, greenhouses, sunrooms and hoop houses, intensive and square foot gardening, raised vs. ground beds, watering, and whatever questions you have of your own.

When: Saturday, May 15th

Time: 2:00-3:30 PM

Cost: $10

Location: Kimberley Community Garden

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Raised Beds

We need to construct a couple of big, raised beds at the Community Garden, so join us for the project and learn how to build your own. We’ll discuss the advantages of raised-bed growing and learn how to create soil that stays healthy for years.

When: Saturday, May 29th

Time: 2:00-3:30 PM

Cost: $10

Location: Kimberley Community Garden

Registration Coming Soon

 

Vertical Gardens

When you don’t have a lot of room…or would like to put a fence or some small corner to use…growing UP is the way to go. We’ll learn the principles, look at a few different designs, and even build a couple of structures at the Community Garden while we’re at it. We’ll dig into some container gardening ideas as well.

When: Saturday, June 12th

Time: 2:00-3:30 PM

Cost: $10

Location: Kimberley Community Garden

Registration Coming Soon

 

Rainwater Capture & Water Conservation

Learning how to capture and conserve water not only works for the environment but can save you some work as well…especially during our hot, dry summers. We’ll walk through a few techniques and basic principles of water collection, distribution and conservation.

When: Saturday, June 26th

Time: 2:00-3:30 PM

Cost: $10

Location: Kimberley Community Garden

Registration Coming Soon

 

Irrigation

With a well-planned irrigation system, you can save water and time by targeting the parts of your garden that need it. This workshop will cover the range of systems and hoses, and you’ll learn which will work best for your growing space.

When: Saturday, July 10th

Time: 2:00-3:30 PM

Cost: $10

Location: Kimberley Community Garden

Registration Coming Soon

 

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: Saturday, July 24th

Time: 2:00-3:30 PM

Cost: $10

Location: Kimberley Community Garden

Registration Coming Soon

 

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: Saturday, August 7th

Time: 2:00-3:30 PM

Cost: $10

Location: Kimberley Community Garden

Registration Coming Soon

 

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: Saturday, August 21st

Time: 2:00-3:30 PM

Cost: $10

Location: Kimberley Community Garden

Registration Coming Soon

 

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: Saturday, September 4th

Time: 2:00-3:30 PM

Cost: $10

Location: Kimberley Community Garden

Registration Coming Soon

 

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: Saturday, September 18th

Time: 2:00-3:30 PM

Cost: $10

Location: Kimberley Community Garden

Registration Coming Soon

 

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: Saturday, October 2nd

Time: 2:00-3:30 PM

Cost: $10

Location: Kimberley Community Garden

Registration Coming Soon

 

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