Events & Workshops

Upcoming Events:

October 1st | From Farms to Forks: A Harvest Kitchen Party (fundraiser in support of Growing Chefs!)
Join Growing Chefs! for a culinary adventure at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. Guests will wander from kitchen to kitchen and watch chefs and mixologists in action. Each chef will be paired with a local B.C. grower and producer to celebrate the best of the season. Throughout the night you’ll get to try dishes from more than fifteen of the city’s best chefs, with carefully selected wine pairings. Get tickets

October 7th | Wild Salmon Caravan Parade (East Vancouver)
This event will kick off a 6-day travelling caravan that will follow the wild salmon from the Salish Seas to Adams River in Secwepemcul’ecw territory. The parade this year will travel from the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre up Commercial Drive to 14th Ave then to Trout Lake for a gathering and free feast with speakers + music. More info

October 12th | Aquaponics Workshop at UBC Farm
This workshop is an introduction to the synergistic and sustainable method of growing food known as Aquaponics: a combination of recirculating aquaculture (growing fish on land) and hydroponics (growing plants in nutrient rich water). Register

October 12th | Feeding Growth: Sourcing and Manufacturing Workshop
Learn from the best. Get efficient, build capacity and understand what needs your attention first. Learn how to build a Product Business Case that will set you up for success. Register

October 19th | South Vancouver Harvest Festival
Join South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, Fresh Roots and Vancity for this free, all-ages event. Free snacks, apple cider pressing, pumpkin decorating and dessert contests, youth-led games and activities and lots of autumnal fun! More info

October 23rd | Wild Mushroom Identification and Tasting at UBC Farm
This workshop will give foragers and chefs a chance to savor highly sought after as well as lesser-known wild BC mushrooms. We will offer tips and practical experience with real specimens to guide participants in distinguishing our most dangerous poisonous species from their edible lookalikes. Register

October 27th | Feeding Growth: Financing Growth Workshop
Scaling takes capital. Learn about angel investors, venture capital, and structured financing options and what is right for you and your business. Register

October 29th | 9th Annual Hundred Mile Banquet (fundraiser for Earthwise Society)
All profits made from the Hundred-Mile Banquet are invested back into Earthwise’s projects: educating hundreds of schoolchildren about food and a healthy environment, donating fresh produce for those in need through the Delta Food Coalition, promoting mental health through its therapeutic horticulture program and growing fresh organic produce for the community. Get tickets

October 29th | 6th Annual East Van Apple Press Fest at Van Tech Secondary
Join DailyEggs.com and Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society for this free event whose only purpose is to bring people together to make apple cider. Please bring your own jar and cup for hot cider, so you can take some home. More info

November 3rd and 4th | BC Seed Gathering
The BC Seed Gathering aims to engage new and established growers, organizers, and advocates working to increase the supply, diversity, and access to seed in British Columbia. The Gathering will offer learning and engagement opportunities that delve into aspects of seed from breeding techniques to marketing models, to seed democracy issues and community organizing, with the goal of strengthening the local seed economy and connecting our communities. Register

November 18th | 7th Annual Vancouver Urban Farming Forum
The Forum brings together the food and farming community for a day of learning and networking on a variety of urban farming topics. Save the date, and stay tuned for registration details!

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Ongoing Events:

Edible Garden Project Events in North Vancouver
The events calendar at Loutet Farm/The Edible Garden Project is packed with workshops, skillshare workbees, farm tours, and more! Lots of opportunities to learn farming skills and network with other growers. Check out the calendar here

UBC Farm Markets (until October 28th)
On-site multi-vendor market right on the Farm, Tuesday evening markets on the Farm, as well at Wednesday mid-day markets at the UBC Bookstore. More info

UBC Future of Food Global Dialogue Series
The UBC Future of Food Global Dialogue Series is a campus-wide initiative bringing together food security and sustainability experts from across the university and North America to regularly engage the UBC community and the public around the Global Food System, including topics such as climate change, food security, biodiversity, social justice, culture, and policy. The series uses various formats to foster discussion, such as dialogue circles, seminars, panel discussions, performances, photo exhibitions, and film screenings. More info and presenter schedule

Vancouver Farmers Markets – May to October
Find a Farmers Market location in your neighbourhood with this handy list!

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Past Events:

August 7th | Glorious Organics Farming Together Tour & Potluck with Young Agrarians
Come and visit Glorious Organics Cooperative to forage the wild, learn about co-operative farming, and visit Belle De Boskoop Forge! Several of the farmers who work on Fraser Common Farm will be here to discuss and share about their farm operations. More info

August 11th | UBC Farm Longtable Dinner Series
Enjoy a five-course, farm-to-table experience at the UBC Farm’s beautiful Poplar Grove. Celebrate the bounty of local food and support UBC Farm’s continuing work towards understanding sustainable food systems. Get tickets

August 13th | Farmers on 57th Farm Tour & Cover Crops Workshop with VUFS
Join us to explore the Farmers on 57th market garden, learn about the farm’s unique role as a therapeutic and educational community space, and discuss how cover crops can improve soil fertility, reduce soil erosion, manage weeds, and more! Register

August 20th | 9th Annual Garlic Festival
Celebrate community, giving, and garlic at Terra Nova Park in Richmond! All proceeds from the festival go to supporting The Sharing Farm in their mission to grow fresh, healthy produce for families in need. More info

August 20th | 6th Annual Heirloom Tomato Festival with Earthwise Society
This family-friendly community event showcases a range of heirloom tomatoes and vegetables, local chefs and local producers. Taste test heirloom tomatoes and other heirloom vegetables, take a guided tour of Earthwise Farm, and enjoy a farm-fresh lunch! More info 

August 23rd | Guacamole: A Cooking Lesson for Justice at Collingwood Neighbourhood House
What is the real story behind how fruit and vegetables get from the farm to your table? How can we ensure that the people who grow our produce are treated fairly and with respect and dignity? Join Migrant Workers Dignity Association to have fun, make guacamole, and learn with temporary foreign farm workers, who grow our BC produce, in an interactive, theatrical cooking lesson and discussion. More info

August 24th | Good Grains: Celebrate Local Grains with Pizza and Beer
Enjoy an evening getting to know more about BC grains and the bakers and brewers that use them with FarmFolk CityFolk and the Bauta Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. Meet local grain growers, hand-mill flour, participate in a barley tasting, see how grain is distilled into alcohol, eat, drink and get local! Buy tickets

August 30th | Amara Farm Tour & Potluck with Young Agrarians (Courtenay, BC)
Join YA for a tour of Amara farm, a certified organic vegetable and blueberry farm in the Comox Valley. The farm utilizes intensive, small-scale farming techniques to grow vegetables year-round on one acre. This farm is the hub of Merville Organics Growers’ Cooperative, a lively marketing collective comprised of four farms in the Comox Valley. More info

September 6th | Cinema Under the Stars Fundraiser for Sole Food Street Farms
Join Sole Food Farms for an outdoor screening of A New Economy right next to the Pacific and Carrall farm where much of the film was shot. Bring your own blanket or beach chair and come early for BBQ, food trucks, farm tours and pre-show entertainment by The Carnival Band. Tickets by donation! Buy tickets

September 7th | Botanical Nights: A People and Plant Powered Social
Party for a cause at the Second Annual Botanical Nights – an evening of socializing and education with money raised going towards kids urban agriculture programs in Vancouver! Presented by GardenWorks Lougheed and LifeSpace Gardens. Register

September 9th | Schoolyard Harvest Dinner with Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society
Join Fresh Roots for an enchanting evening in the garden at their annual Schoolyard Harvest Dinner. Enjoy an inspired multi-course meal created by Chef Juno Kim, drinks by 33 Acres Brewing, and local ingredients sourced from our schoolyard farms, farmer friends, and Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fisheries. Celebrate good food and support experiential learning! Get tickets

September 10th | 23rd Annual Metro Vancouver Feast of Fields at Krause Berry Farms in Langley
Feast of Fields is a four hour wandering gourmet harvest festival that highlights the connections between farmers and chefs, field and table, and between farm folks and city folks. Funds raised from this event support FarmFolk CityFolk’s work to cultivate local, sustainable food systems across British Columbia. Get tickets

September 10th | Twin Island Cider Harvest Tour & Tasting with Young Agrarians
Join YA and cider makers Matthew and Katie at Twin Island Cider for an orchard & cidery tour, a demo of two traditional pressing methods, a honey bee talk by a local beekeeper, and by-donation cider tasting. Bring a small dish to share and tools to eat with if you’d like to join us for a (weather dependent) potluck dinner in the orchard afterwards. More info

September 12th | SEED: The Untold Story (Screening and Panel Discussion) presented by FarmFolk CityFolk & Health Action Network
Join FarmFolk CityFolk and Health Action Network for this screening of SEED: The Untold Story. Stay for the panel discussion after the show with Harold Steeves, Mel Sylvestre, David Catzel, and Dawn Morrison. Get tickets

September 14th | Green Thumbs, Green Futures Celebration with SPEC
Celebrate 10 years of SPEC’s School Gardens Program at their Green Thumbs, Green Futures dinner and fundraiser! The evening includes a delicious supper made by Tayybeh Syrian Catering, a silent auction, cash-bar, and an inspirational talk from chef, author and co-owner of Vij’s restaurant, Meeru Dhalwala. Get tickets

September 14th to November 9th | Feeding Growth Workshop Series
This series connects values-based BC packaged food entrepreneurs with business sector leaders for advice and support in building brand, scaling manufacturing and distribution, and accessing financing. The series’ format includes interactive curriculum, tips and take-away worksheets, inspiring stories, networking and celebration over local food and craft beer. Register

September 16th | Soil Biology Workshop at UBC Farm with Emma Holmes
This beginner level workshop will give an overview of the different players in the soil food web and offer hands on activities with microbes using microscopes and strategies for supporting healthy soil biota. Participants will also learn how to make compost tea as a practical example of applying soil biology. Register

September 17th | Lohbrunner Farm Tour & Land Stewardship Models for the Future with Young Agrarians
Join YA at Lohbrunner Community Farm Co-op for a farm tour, discussion on cooperatively managing farmland, potluck, and a work party! Learn more about Lohbrunner Farm’s unique model for stewarding land, and for farmers to gain access to this land that is held in trust by FarmFolk CityFolk. More info

September 18th | Seed Saving Workshop at UBC Farm with Mel Sylvestre
The workshop will discuss the basics of various plant reproduction and the easiest plants to for beginners compared to plants to require a lot of effort to save seeds from. Participants will do hands-on activities with seasonal varieties of plants as a demonstration of seed harvesting. Mel will also demonstrate how to use other common seed saving equipment and tools. Register

September 23rd | Soil Fertility Workshop at UBC Farm with Emma Holmes
In this workshop, participants will learn how to take a soil sample (hands on practice with commonly found equipment), as well as interpret soil samples (hands on practice with various microscopes and other testing methods), and measure soil nutrients present. Emma will discuss the signs and symptoms of common deficiencies and locally available amendments and their nutrient profiles. Register

September 28th | Vancouver Food Summit at Gordon Neighbourhood House
Co-hosted by Gordon Neighbourhood House and hua foundation, the Vancouver Food Summit will be an opportunity to bring together people from a wide variety of experiences within our food systems, using storytelling and shared dialogue to critically examine and deepen our collective understanding of food justice and meaningful cross-community collaboration. Register

September 29th | Organic Orchard Management Workshop at UBC Farm
This workshop will present 35 years of practice and on-farm research data from Woodleaf Farm’s successful, certified-organic peach, pear, apple, cherry, plum, pluot orchard, including soil mineral balancing techniques, Woodleaf’s mineral-mix sprays to manage disease, and habitat-building to manage insect pests. Part 1 in Eco-farming series. Register

September 30th | Managing Ecological Relationships on Farms: Strategies to Blend Food Production and Wild Places Workshop at UBC Farm
No-weeding, No spraying for pests, No fertilizing. How can we design farms that sponsor their own fertility and pest management with minimal or no off-farm inputs? Examples of strategies to mimic nature with soil and habitat building from two long term, “eco-organic” farms, Biodesign Farm (Montana) and Woodleaf Farm (California) will be discussed extensively. Part 2 in Eco-farming series. Register

September 30th | Feeding the Soil: The Science and Practice of Organic Soil Matter Systems Management Workshop at UBC Farm
Can farmers use new science about soil organic matter and the soil food web to help them grow their own fertilizer and maintain soil fertility with few off-farm inputs? This workshop will present soil organic matter system building science and practice and spend the last 30 minutes in the vegetable production area of the UBC farm investigating how the soil organic matter system is managed there. Part 3 in Eco-farming series. Register