Events & Workshops

Upcoming 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 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. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona LaDuke and Raj Patel. 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 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 28th | Vancouver Food Summit at Gordon Neighbourhood House
Save the date for the Vancouver Food Summit! Stay tuned to the Gordon Neighbourhood House online channels for more info.

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

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. More info here; registration and agenda coming soon!

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Ongoing Events:

Workshops, Skill-building Workbees, and More at Loutet Farm
There’s a lot of programming to get involved with at the Edible Garden Project / Loutet Farm! Check out their newsletter for details on a pollinator project, workbees, and a DIY hoophouse workshop coming up across August and September!

August 3rd to October 5th | Gordon Greens Mobile Produce Market
Gordon Neighbourhood House is excited to be creating a bike-powered mobile produce market which will bring fresh, nutritious and affordable produce to the West End community. This market will take place on Thursdays from 10am to 12pm. More info and locations

Westside Community Food Market with SPEC and Kits House
The Westside Community Food Market gives small scale and new local vendors an opportunity to sell their produce directly to customers, while also helping low-income and vulnerable populations access local foods that are close to home through a coupon program. Every Thursday throughout the summer from 3-7 pm on 7th and Vine. More info

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
UBC Farm Markets are back on June 3rd! This year there will be an 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

Riley Park Community Garden Work Parties and Meetings
After breaking ground in February 2017, Riley Park Garden’s hardworking volunteers have been in the garden every weekend moving soil and working to build up the beds in preparation for planting; however, there is still a lot to do to get this garden up and running and they need your help to make it happen! Attend a work party or community meeting in June

Upcoming Gardening Seminars at The Learning Garden
Lifespace Gardens, in partnership with GardenWorks Lougheed, has put together a free seminar series on a number of gardening topics. Learn more about the Learning Garden and the seminar schedule here.

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:

June 3rd | First UBC Farm Market
Discover the UBC Farm through your tastebuds! Get your local, certified organic, farm-fresh seasonal veggies, fruits, herbs, flowers and free-range eggs straight from the UBC Farm at their multi-vendor Saturday Market. More info

June 3rd | Beekeeping Workshop with Hives for Humanity and Big Rock Urban
Join Hives for Humanity and the beekeeping team at Big Rock Urban for their first public beekeeping workshop. Hives for Humanity will provide all the equipment, just show up curious and ready to participate at whatever level you like! 1:00 to 2:30 pm. More info

June 3rd | Youth Workbee and Science to Art (START) at Loutet Farm
Welcome to the first Youth Workbee of the season! We will be learning about pollinators and constructing a large bug hotel for the farm. There will also be a photo contest for the youth to record the process and the four best photos will be chosen to display in Loutet’s Science to Art (START) exhibit at ArtStarts Gallery! More info

June 4th | Britannia Renewal Speaker Series: Food & Community Wellbeing
Join Nick Saul of Community Food Centres Canada for a discussion on how Britannia Renewal can incorporate leading-edge thinking about food in supporting resilient, healthy, and inclusive communities. Britannia Gym D, 12-2pm. More info

June 10th | Visit Sky Harvest at the Main Street Bike Expo
Come chat with Max from Sky Harvest at the Main Street Bike Expo. They will be offering insight into their bike delivery system and selling some of their amazing greens! More info

June 10th | Compost Tea Workshop with Earthwise Society
In this workshop, you will learn all you need to know about compost tea, how to make it, where and how to apply it as well as making your own compost tea brewer! All materials included. More info

June 10th | Cedar Cottage Food Network Seed Savers Group Launch
The Cedar Cottage Food Network is excited to launch their first Seed Savers Group! To promote local food security and resiliency they will be supporting community members in growing and saving their own seeds. First meeting June 10th – more info.

June 14th | Kale Breeding Workshop with Laurie McKenzie in Duncan, BC with FarmFolk CityFolk
FarmFolk CityFolk is pleased to welcome Laurie McKenzie of the Organic Seed Alliance to Vancouver Island for this kale breeding workshop! Kale is a popular crop in BC and a great candidate for breeding and seed production. Although the principles covered in this workshop apply to all kale varieties, we will be working closely with Dazzling Blue from Frank Morton at Wild Garden Seeds in Oregon. Register

June 14th | Nights on the Roof with Roots on the Roof (UBC)
Join Roots on the Roof atop the AMS Student Nest for some night time gardening and chilling on the rooftop with some garden friends and good beats! More info

June 14th | The Magic of Soil – Free Talk with Dr. Phil Gregory at Collingwood Rooftop Garden
Join Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute for this free talk with UBC’s Dr. Phil Gregory to explore the potentials for soil building and regenerative agricultural methods. More info

June 17th | Learn to Prune with Vancouver Fruit Tree Project
Come out to the community orchard at 2732 Horley Ave. and learn how to prune a tree! In collaboration with the Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute, our facilitator, Todd, will lead participants through a number of pruning-related topics. The course will run twice in the same day (Register for the 1:00 to 2:30pm course or 2:30 to 4:00pm course).

June 17th | Gardening in Small Spaces Workshop at UBC Farm
Don’t underestimate what your little balcony or apartment can grow! Learn how to grow food in space limited urban settings, such as balconies, containers, and small patios, in ways that maximize space and yields for your own edible landscape. More info

June 17th | Bee Identification Workshop with Erin Udal at UBC
Learn basic bee anatomy and identification. This workshop will walk you through identifying features on bees you’ll see in your backyard or park. We will discuss life history and key features to look for while you are outdoors. More info

June 20th | Singing Solstice Community Celebration at UBC Farm
This Singing Solstice event, like community choirs, is open to all people from all walks of life, all cultures, all faiths, all abilities. A free community-focused event, Singing Solstice is a chance to celebrate the coming summer, meet friends new and old, and be involved with the neighbourhood. Those who wish to stay after singing are welcome to join a community potluck dinner, bonfire and a lantern parade! More info

June 22nd | Smog of the Sea: Film Event at Patagonia benefitting FarmFolk CityFolk and Fraser Riverkeepers
FarmFolk CityFolk and Fraser Riverkeepers present Smog of the Sea – a film created to raise awareness about plastic ocean pollution and to inspire conversations about how to reduce single-use plastics in the food industry.
Admission and beer are by donation and every dollar raised at this event will be matched as a donation to FarmFolk CityFolk and the Fraser Riverkeepers. More info

June 22nd & 29th | Oral Histories from the Land and Sea: A Night of Storytelling at The Sharing Farm
Come down to The Farm for two evenings filled with storytelling and free tasty vegetarian fare. Listen to Bill McNulty speak about Richmond’s agricultural history from the late 1800s, and Jane Komori discuss Japanese Canadian history in relation to food production. More info

June 23rd to 25th | Rocket-Fired Cob Oven Workshop with Earthwise Society (Agassiz)
Join experienced cob oven creator Patrick Amos in a hands-on weekend workshop that will teach you all the skills you need to craft a cob oven. The Rocket-Fired Cob Oven Workshop will be held at the stunning Earthwise Agassiz site, located a short distance from Harrison Hot Springs. Register

June 23rd | Groundswell Social Venture Incubator Early Bird Application Deadline
Groundswell has created over 30 social ventures from the idea stage forward with people from all walks of life. Get the confidence, tools, knowledge and mentorship you need to build a problem-solving social venture, with hands-on, alternative business education. Program starts September 15th. Register

June 24th | Richmond Food Security Society Annual General Meeting at KPU Richmond
Richmond Food Security Society’s Board of Directors invites you to attend the 2017 Annual General Meeting. Starting at 1pm, join the conversation on current and next actions to ensure Richmond’s food security, and at 2pm enjoy a Food Forestry Talk led by experts Richard Walker and Ryan Foster. Learn about this exciting gardening style that mimics the natural structure of a forest but substitutes all food bearing trees, shrubs, and plants. Register

June 24th | Joy of Feeding – Fundraiser and Festival at UBC Farm
13 cooks. 13 countries. One delicious day. Joy of Feeding is a unique inter-generational, international food festival and fundraiser for the UBC Farm – where we celebrate home-cooked dishes from around the world. Enjoy a roaming culinary feast where cooks from Cameroon to Colombia, Indonesia to Iran and beyond offer a taste of their favourite recipes in the fields of the UBC Farm. Register

June 24th | Solstice Hog Roast with Fraser Valley Cider Company and Laurica Farm
Laurica Farm will be slow roasting one of their pasture raised pigs at the cidery and we’ll be serving this along with a range of delicious sides. A special Solstice Cider will compliment the pork and the fun will continue with a table-top s’more roast for dessert. Live music and a sky lantern release promise to make this a magical evening! Register

June 24th | Opening Day of Riley Park
Come for a day of activity in the new Riley Park and see the development of the community garden project! It is also the opening for the Summer Farmers Market at Riley Park. Fun and games for the family, 10am to 3pm. More info

June 26th | Get Ready for Farmers, Pop-Up, and Craft Markets with Small Business BC
This seminar will help you bring your idea further to becoming market ready, identify the kinds of markets best suited for your goods, become aware of costs, rules and regulations for your type of product, navigate the (juried) application process to becoming a vendor, and understand what successful vendors do in terms of packaging, selling in person, identifying audiences and how to keep things fresh. Attend in person or by webinar. Register

June 29th | First Westside Community Food Market at Kits Neighbourhood House
It’s summer again and SPEC and Kits Neighbourhood House are joining forces to run their summer food market. The market will take place every Thursday from 3-7pm at 7th Avenue and Vine. But we need your help! There is plenty of promoting, tent setting, guest welcoming, visitor counting and relaxing to do. Email market@spec.bc.ca if you are interested in volunteering!

June 30th | Summer Solstice Celebration with Roots on the Roof (UBC)
Roots on the Roof is celebrating the summer season and the abundant garden. Join them for a funky fresh evening at the rooftop garden on The Nest. There’ll be food, music, activities, and good garden vibes. This is a family-friendly event, so bring your little ones, or whoever you call family. More info

July 1st to 19th | Permaculture Design Certificate Course at UBC Farm (Waitlist)
Join Conscious Design Collective for a dynamic, internationally recognized certificate course on the principles and practice of Permaculture Design. We will guide you to finding practical applications of sustainable design in urban and rural contexts though presentations, interactive design activities, and applied hands-on sessions. Register

July 2nd | Body Mechanics for Farmers Workshop with VUFS
Join physiotherapist Nam Do for a class on proper body mechanics, tool use, and avoiding injury to keep you and your body farming with pleasure for a long time. Register

 

 

July 9th | Integrated Pest Management Workshop with VUFS and SPEC
Join us as we explore pests on the farm with practical tips for improving your pest management. Kiara Jack of E.S. Cropconsult will lead an in-field lesson on common pests, the important of plant diversity, and organic pest control options. Register

July 12th | Kale Breeding Workshop with Laurie McKenzie of Organic Seed Alliance (Duncan, BC)
(Rescheduled from June date) Join FarmFolk CityFolk and Laurie McKenzie for a day-long kale breeding workshop in Duncan. Kale is a popular crop in BC and a great candidate for breeding and seed production. Although the principles covered in this workshop apply to all kale varieties, the lesson will focus on Dazzling Blue from Frank Morton at Wild Garden Seeds in Oregon. Register

July 14th to 16th | BC Food Systems Network 19th Annual Gathering at UBC Farm
Come join movers and shakers, pollinators and connectors, convenors and change makers, thought leaders, and folks who are new to food systems change for this year’s 19th Annual BCFSN Annual Gathering! This year’s Gathering is made possible through a partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm and the Faculty of Land and Food Systems. The theme this year is Cultivating Change: Building Our Food Movement. The plenaries and sessions will focus on the various ways we are working to advance change in our food systems and where we can better work together. More info and registration

July 15th | Farm Party at Laurica Farm
New friends, old friends, farm customers, neighbours, community supporters; Laurica Farm would like to invite you to come and celebrate on the farm! Music. Food. Fun. BYOB. More info

July 15th | Summer Foraging Workshop with UBC Farm
Learn how to safely identify and cook wild summer edibles with Chef Robin Kort. Discover everything you need to know to safely gather, prepare and cook the unique flavours found only in nature. Identify cattails, licorice fern, nettles, berries, wild chamomile or whatever is found on the walk. Register

July 16 | Little Mountain Farm Tour & Potluck with Young Agrarians (Saanich, BC)
Come spend your Sunday afternoon at Little Mountain Farm! Enjoy a farm tour and potluck, and visit with other farmy and foodie folks. The farm tour begins at 12:00 pm and will be followed by a potluck lunch around 1:00 pm. Feel free to stay and enjoy the afternoon in the orchard – we might get into some good conversations about the joys of collaboration and how we can use our skills and resources to make farm life even more awesome! More info

July 22nd | 2017 Golden Beet Tasting at UBC Farm
Join the BC Seed Trials at UBC Farm as they embark on the most pleasurable part of their research – the tasting! Get your palette ready to experience a diversity of flavours and textures; get your eyes ready to experience a diversity of colours, shapes, and sizes; and get your pen ready to praise your favourites and reject your foes! The BC Seed Trials is a collaborative project between UBC Farm, FarmFolk CityFolk and the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. Register

July 22nd | Agassiz Farms Cycle Tour
The tour gives a rare chance to meet the farmers and learn about agriculture, pick up fresh produce in the spectacular Fraser Valley. The cycle tour is approximately 25km along flat public roadways. Start and finish your slow cycle any time between 9am-4pm. More info and registration

July 26th & 29th, August 2nd & 5th | Beekeeeping Workshop Series at UBC Farm
Learn how to keep your own bees at the UBC Farm in this series of 4 workshops. Sign up for one, or the whole series for a 20% discount. Workshop topics include the natural history of honeybees, bees and honey, bees and wax, and keeping bees. More info

July 27th | Therapeutic Horticulture Discovery Tour with Earthwise Society
Join the Earthwise Team for a day of therapeutic horticulture discovery. Immerse yourself in their beautiful natural environment in Agassiz and discover the numerous benefits of connecting with nature. An experienced facilitator will lead you through a day of wellness, peace, discovery, wonders and more! Catch a ride to the Agassiz site from Earthwise’s Delta location in the morning and return in the afternoon. More info

July 29th | Gardening for Drought Workshop with Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute
This introductory workshop will give you the basic info you need to create resilient, drought-tolerant gardens. Using a permaculture/regenerative gardening lens, the workshop will cover rainwater harvesting, watering techniques, the importance of soil, and drought-tolerant plant varieties. 1-3 pm at the Norquay Orchard, 2732 Horley Street. Free. Register in advance: collingwoodurbanag@gmail.com.