Events & Workshops

Upcoming Events:

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 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 27 | 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

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

Save the Date: BC Seed Gathering, November 3-4, 2017
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:

Select Thursdays | Urban Beekeeping Pollinator and Workshop Series with Hives for Humanity
Join Hives for Humanity for free beekeeping workshops at 2 pm at Hastings Urban Farm (58 W Hastings), featuring a variety of special guests! These workshops are preceded by volunteer gardening sessions (10 am -1 pm) and community therapeutic beekeeping (2 pm – 3 pm) every Thursday at Hastings Urban Farm. Check the Hives for Humanity events calendar for more info.

Edible Garden Project Events in North Vancouver
Now that summer is near, 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:

April 1st | Surrey Seedy Saturday
Shop for rare heirloom vegetable, herb and flower seeds grown in the Stewart Farm’s heritage gardens, and learn from heritage garden volunteers about the historic varieties they grow and how to save seeds. More info

April 4th | Farmers Market Vendor Workshop with Vancity – Coquitlam
Speakers will cover a range of topics from business development to marketing. The workshop is geared toward vendors looking to expand their business and make their venture more sustainable. RSVP to amy_chima [at] vancity [dot] com by April 3rd. More info

April 4th | Salad Club! Coworking Week Edition with Sam Holland of Blue Sky Ranch
Come on down to HiVE from 12:30 to 1:30 and bring protein or veggies for a salad club. Special Guest speaker, Sam Holland of Blue Sky Ranch (formerly Urban Digs Farm) will discuss what it really means to be a sustainable farmer and care for livestock destined for your belly. More info

April 4th & 18th | UBC Farm Spring Pop-up Market
Drop by and pick up some fabulous farm fresh organic eggs every other Tuesday evening until UBC Farm’s regular summer markets begin. Seasonal produce, seeds, and herbs will also be available. More info

April 8th | UNIBUG Forum at Douglas College
Join UNIBUG – the User Network for Insect Biology in the Urban Garden – at a free forum. This year’s theme is “creating pollinator friendly communities”. You will learn about the ecology of urban gardens, the beneficial insects that eat pests, and the importance of pollinators. More info

April 7th, 8th & 9th | Organic Straw & Chicken Feed Available from Homestead Junction
Two string straw bales, certified organic, grown and baled at Cedar Isle Farm near Agassiz, BC and 20 kg bags of hen scratch, layer mash, and layer pellet feed are coming to Homestead Junction. Straw & feed will be available for pickup three days only, April 7-9. Pre-order by April 5th

April 11th | Urban Foraging of Wild, Edible, and Medicinal Plants Workshop at UBC Farm
Come out and discover urban foraging and the art of medicine making through an interactive workshop identifying wild, edible and medicinal plants growing beneath your feet. Taught by First Nations Metis Herbalist Lori Snyder. Register

April 12th | Enterprise Budgets for Small-Scale Farmers Webinar with Young Agrarians
Join YA and KPU’s Institute for Sustainable Food Systems for a FREE webinar that will help you understand how enterprise budgets can be a powerful planning and financial analysis tool that can be used to guide business decisions on your farm. More info & registration

April 15th | Craft Compost Tour & Workshop with VUFS and Hop Compost
Join VUFS and Hop Compost Founder & CEO Kevin Davies for an inside look at the craft compost movement. Take a tour of the Hop Compost facility and learn about closed loop and inner-city food systems, as well as the nitty-gritty of making craft compost, including ingredient pairing, technology, and targeted microbial conditions. Kevin will also cover the important things to to look for in compost for urban farming, and will describe the history and impact of Hop! Register

April 15th | Winter Foraging Workshop at UBC Farm
Chef Robin Kort will teach you how to find winter treasures; food like seaweeds, winter mushrooms, edible trees, roots that you can find under the snow, in our forests, meadows and by the sea. Register

April 18th | Farm to School Vancouver Region Hub Spring Celebration at Van Tech Secondary
This is an event for all people who are interested in developing or expanding Farm to School programs and bringing healthy change to school food systems in the Vancouver Area. Free event featuring garden tours and info booths with community partners, a dinner, and stories and lessons from the field with Farm to School program leaders and students. Register

April 18th | What the Health Vancouver Film Screening at Pacific Cinematheque
All proceeds from this film screening will go to Victory Gardens’ The Classroom Gardener program. Buy tickets

April 21st & 22nd | Hopeful Economics Leadership Innovation Summit
The Summit will showcase cutting edge, place-based economic approaches that enrich people and places, and will explore the themes of economic reconciliation, social enterprise, entrepreneurship, community benefit agreements and local impact investing. Register

April 22nd | Mushroom Cultivation Workshop with Glorious Organics
Learn how to cultivate your own mushrooms with mycologist, Thom O’Dell, PhD. Thom’s 30 year love affair with fungi and mushrooms and his passion for cultivating them will leave you empowered and energized to grow mushrooms all on your own. Register

April 22nd | Earth Day Vancouver at Everett Crowley Park
Enjoy exhibits from EartHand Gleaners, Environmental Youth Alliance, Vancouver Mycological Society, and more, while helping to plant 1000 native mushrooms to help grow forest roots! 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. More info

April 22nd | UBC Seed Library Launch for Earth Day
Celebrate the launch of the Education and Woodward Seed Lending Libraries, which allow anyone to “borrow” seeds from the UBC Farm, West Coast Seeds, and the BC Eco Seed Co-op free of charge! Partake in family-friendly activities, browse the seed and book collections, and take a few seeds to get your garden started. 2:00 to 4:00 pm. More info

April 22nd | Agassiz Earth Day Open House with Earthwise Society
Get a sneak peek of Earthwise’s new Agassiz location! Find out more about the long-term plans for the area, and how you can get involved in restoring the natural environment and promoting salmon habitat. The 58-acre site contains a variety of habitats, two streams, a heritage farm house, and an organic farm. More info

April 22nd | Zero Waste Market and Hives for Humanity at Earnest Ice Cream for Earth Day
Zero Waste Market will be popping up at the Olympic Village Earnest Ice Cream location from 12 – 6 pm (1829 Quebec St.). Hives for Humanity will be at the Fraser St Earnest Ice Cream location (3992 Fraser St) from 12 – 6pm with products for sale and chatting about the amazing work they do!$1 from each Earnest Ice Cream container returned or purchased for the pop up and $1 from every Zero Waste Market upcycled jar purchased will be donated to SPEC to support their Master Recycler program! More info

April 26th | Whole Foods Market Meet and Greet for New B.C.-based Producers
Whole Foods is on a mission to find new local grocery products to feature in their Victoria and Vancouver area stores! This event is for NEW local producers who have a product for the grocery department (packaged dry goods, packaged frozen foods, dairy). 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Listel Hotel, 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver. More info

April 26th | Meet Your Farmer at The Bottleneck with Earthwise Society
Join Earthwise Society for a relaxed night of drinks & appies from 5-7 pm at The Bottleneck in Vancouver with organic farmer and educator Isabelle Rodé! Chef Derek Bothwell of The Bottleneck will have some Earthwise-grown specials on hand to sample from our first harvest of the year! More info

April 27th to 29th | Horticulture 101 with Earthwise Society
Make this year the year you start gardening! Learn all the techniques you need to grow thriving gardens for many years to come in Earthwise Society‘s 3-day Horticulture 101 class. More info

April 29th | City Beet Farm Tour & Compost Tea Workshop with VUFS & City Beet Farm
Get your springtime soil in shape and explore City Beet Farm’s inspiring urban farm model! Learn about the basics of soil biology, compost tea and DIY bubblers from City Beet Farmer and soil scientist, Elana Evans. The workshop will include a tour of several of City Beet’s urban farm yards, a discussion on the importance of a thriving soil food web, and a demonstration of a compost tea bubbler system. Register

April 29th | BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation Fundraiser Dinner
BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation is having their Spring Fling Fundraiser Dinner on April 29 to support agriculture education. There will be a gourmet dinner served by the chefs and students of Take a Bite of BC, silent auction, draws, entertainment and more. Buy tickets

May 3rd | Farm Potluck at Southlands Heritage Farm
Join Southlands Farm from 6:30 to 10:00 pm for a farm potluck. They’ll discuss Urban Farming Education and other related topics, while making pizzas in the cob oven and roasting marshmallows on the fire! More info

May 5th | Crossroads: Intersections in Sustainability – 5th Annual VSB Sustainability Conference 
The day will include keynote speakers, two workshops sessions, a zero-waste lunch, an NGO Fair, a school planning session featuring artists from Co-Design, and a raffle prize draw! This year’s conference, CROSSROADS, acknowledges the many sectors and issues that contribute to sustainability, and the need to address them all holistically if we are to achieve a sustainable world. Register

May 6th | Teas for Bees Picnic Fundraiser at UBC Farm
Spend a day at the farm and celebrate native bees and pollinators with us! Bring a picnic blanket, your friends, your children and we will provide the rest of the tea party ingredients! Midway through our tea party we will enjoy a performance and talk by bee educator Lori Weidenhammer and go on a native pollinator walk and observe the busy activity around the UBC Farm’s flowers and fields. More info

May 6th | Bee Friendly Plant Sale with Earthwise Society
Earthwise will have Bee Kits for sale that contain plants that bloom and provide nectar for bees from winter through to fall, as well as individual pollinator-friendly plants. They will also have a large range of other items including native plants, shade-tolerant plants, drought-tolerant plants, seeds, compost tea, berry bushes, mason bee sponsorships, apiary sponsorships, and more! More info

May 7th | Let’s Grow! Homegrown Herb Garden at Gordon Neighbourhood House
GNH Community Farmer Joey will take you through a free hands-on workshop where you’ll get to plant and start your very own homegrown herb garden. Along with planting your own take home herbs, you will also learn about how to grow and harvest other common herbs. 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Register

May 10th | Renfrew-Collingwood Food Stories Book Launch
Come by Collingwood Neighbourhood House from 6-8 pm for some good food and to hear from the youth who created this book of fantastic food stories. More info

May 10th | Langley Urban Agriculture Demonstration Project Community Open House
The City of Langley, Metro Vancouver and the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwantlen Polytechnic University are studying the potential use of the BC Hydro Right-of-Way between 200 Street and 204 Street for urban agriculture. City residents are invited to drop in, learn about urban agriculture, and contribute their views about possible uses of the site. 6-8pm at Alice Brown Elementary. More info

May 11th | Get Your Product on the Shelf with Kurstin Leith and Feeding Growth
Join Feeding Growth for an informal coffee chat with Kurstin Leith, partner at LBN Natural Brands and former VP Purchasing at Whole Foods & VP Supply Chain at UNFI. Kurstin will share the ins and outs of how to best work with natural, organic, and specialty food brokers, distributors, and retailers. Register

May 13th | 22nd Annual Stone Soup Festival
Britannia Community Centre is pleased to host the 22nd Annual Stone Soup Festival. This is a Community Festival in celebration of food, art, environment and community itself that includes local food artisans, artists, community groups, talks and workshops, live music, art making stations, children’s activities, free Stone Soup and more! More info

May 13th | Langley Seedy Saturday at the Langley Demonstration Garden
Just before Mother’s Day, celebrate the beginning of the 2017 Demonstration Garden season with a seed- and seedling-swap, free workshops, and activities for the family. Gardening experts of all stripes will be on hand, along with local seeds, plants and treats for purchase. More info

May 14th | Backyard Chickens Workshop at Homestead Junction
Join Duncan Martin of DailyEggs.com for a workshop on the basics of backyard chicken care. Learn about Vancouver’s 4-hen bylaw, day-to-day care, feeding options, coop construction/setup, chicken health, and more. Register

May 16th | UBC Farm Spring Pop-Up Markets
We will be open for everyone to drop by and pick up some fabulous farm fresh organic eggs every other Tuesday evening until our regular summer markets begin. There will be no limit on eggs per family ($7 per dozen). We will also sell seasonal produce, our seeds, and herbs. More info

May 18th | Island Earth Film Screening at Patagonia Vancouver
Screening of Island Earth, a film about a young indigenous scientist’s complex journey through the GMO industry and ancient Hawaiian traditions to uncover a way of life that could save our future. FarmFolk CityFolk will be on site, as will farm-to-barrel beer from Persephone Brewing. More info

May 20th | Norquay Orchard’s Big Spring Clean Up
Spring has sprung and it is time to get in the garden and get our hands dirty! Help reinvigorate this community orchard and food forest by coming together as a community to learn new skills, and share in the work. 11 am to 3 pm. More info

May 26th | Zero Waste Market Pop-Up Shop at Patagonia
Bring your own containers! As always, Zero Waste Market will have local organic bread & baked goods, bulk dry goods (grains, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, honey, chocolate, etc.), cleaning supplies (soap, shampoo & conditioner, dish soap, laundry detergent), and a stash of long-lasting alternatives to single-use plastic disposables – think stainless steel straws, lunch containers, reusable make-up rounds, etc. More info

May 27th | Sprouting Chefs Fundraiser & School Garden Celebration at Forest Grove Elementary (Burnaby)
Sprouting Chefs will be hosting a School Garden Symposium in the morning from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm for teachers, administrators, parents or anyone else who wishes to learn more about the benefits of school gardens via Speaker Presentations from Farm to School Canada National Manager, Joanne Bays. Then, from 1-2pm join them for a special BBQ lunch inspired by the school garden – $25/person, $60/family. Pre purchased tickets required; no sales at the event. Register

May 28th | Soil Health Workshop – Armstrong BC
This workshop for food producers will include a morning classroom component, and an afternoon field walk. Students will learn to use the basic tools for monitoring soil and crop conditions, and how to analyze the results to gradually improve the growing environment, maximize plant quality and soil health regardless of changing weather conditions. More info

May 29th | The Classroom Gardener Info Night with Victory Gardens
Victory Gardens is a proud partner of The Classroom Gardener which supports teachers and students with a meaningful cross-curricular, place-based, on-site school garden learning experience. If you are a teacher, principal or parent who wants to engage students in outdoor learning through the lens of the garden, we’d love to have you at our upcoming info night on Monday, May 29th at The Juice Truck. More info

May 30th | Vancouver Fruit Tree Project 2017 Season Kick-Off
Join Vancouver Fruit Tree Project in celebrating their 18th season at Rocky Mountain Flatbread! Feel free to invite family and friends to join the board, coordinator, volunteers, tree owners and partners organizations in launching another season of harvesting & sharing neighbourhood fruit with our community. 10% of the sales this evening go towards supporting the VFTP! Register

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

Wednesdays and Thursdays | Building Bee Space
Hives for Humanity invites anyone interested to join them on Wednesdays at 2pm at Hastings Folk Garden or Thursdays at 2pm at Hastings Urban Farm for community therapeutic beekeeping. Supported by the Vancouver Foundation this series of workshops is free and all equipment is provided.

Thursdays | Growing Eden
Growing Eden is a family oriented meet up group that is run by Farmers on 57th. It is a place to come and get dirty, learn garden tricks, share meals and meet like minded individuals and families. It is every Thursday from 12:15pm – 2:45pm.

Westside Community Food Market (Until September 15th)
Pick up fresh local produce, baked goods, and other delicious food products on Thursdays from 3-7 pm, at the corner of West 7th Ave and Vine. A project of Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC) and Kitsilano Neighbourhood House.

Contact and Info can be found here.

Food, Gardening, and Orchard Events with Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute
Various community kitchen, rooftop garden, and Norquay Orchard events in October. More info

Skillshare Workbees with the Edible Garden Project
Join the Edible Garden Project on Wednesday afternoons for a mini-workshop on garden topics ranging from growing intensively in small spaces, to compost, to planting a food forest. After the workshop, continue the conversation with a group gardening session in support of the sharing gardens. The sharing gardens are designed, maintained and harvested by volunteers in order to make delicious fresh food accessible to everyone! More info

Volunteer sessions at the Sharing Farm
The Sharing Farm in Richmond hosts weekly opportunities to help out in the greenhouse, healing garden, and field. More info

Volunteer shifts with Fresh Roots
Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society hosts regular opportunities to volunteer with agriculture projects throughout the city. More info