Events & Workshops

Upcoming Events:

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 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 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 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

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Ongoing Events:

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 Winter Markets – November to April
At Nat Bailey Stadium on Saturdays from 10-2, and Hastings Park on Sundays from 10-2.

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Past Events:

 

March 3-5th | BC Association of Farmers’ Markets Conference & AGM
BCAFM’s annual conference, brings farmers’ market organizers, growers, small scale food processors, artisans, and agricultural and community leaders together to network, acquire new industry contacts, gain new skills, and come away inspired to strengthen BC’s local food sector. The event includes networking opportunities, 13 workshops, a tradeshow, welcome reception, Saturday night dinner banquet & Farmers’ Market Awards, silent auction, and more! More info

March 4th | Richmond Seedy Saturday
Join Richmond Food Security Society for an annual celebration of local seeds, gardening, and education that supports a healthy, strong community and local food system. The 8th Annual Richmond Seedy Saturday is on Saturday, March 4th at Thompson Community Centre, from 10 am to 2 pm. Admission is by donation. The event brings together community members, local seed, garden & plant companies, non-profits, and community groups to recognize the importance of, and increase access to, locally-grown and adapted seeds. More info

March 4th | Pollinators and Mason Bee Info Session with Earthwise Society
Keynote Speaker Julia Common, Chief Beekeeper at Hives for Humanity, will give a talk on native bees, the ecological services provided by pollinators, the bee population decline issue and what you can do to help. The event will also feature an Earthwise Feed the Bees program presentation by Ian Tait, a talk on the technical aspects of maintaining a mason bee condo by David Robinson, a garden tour to explore the world of mason bees and discover some of the best bee-friendly plants, and a mason bee and honey sale. Pre-order your mason bee kit for $25 or buy it for $35 on site on March 4th on a first come first served basis! Register

March 4th | Annual Soil, Manure and Compost Sale at VanDusen Botanical Garden
Van Dusen’s annual fundraiser. Products include Red Label Topsoil from high grade organics; Brown Label Manure, an essential organic mix to stimulate and multiply the natural organisms of your soil; and compost from Harvest Power. Price is $5 per bag (about 20 litres / 20 lbs.). Save $1 on compost when you bag your own! More info

March 5th | Slow Meat Day (Part of BCAFM Conference) at River Market, New Westminster
As an addition to their annual conference, BC Association of Farmers’ Markets is collaborating with Slow Food Canada and the River Market to host a Slow Meat Day. The event will include a Tasting Passport featuring slow meat samplers, guest speaker Richard McCarthy of Slow Food USA, a demonstration on how to take apart a hog with Julia Smith from Urban Digs Farm, and a Slow Meat Market with display booths from FarmFolk CityFolk, BC Food Systems Network, Slow Food Canada, and the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets. More info

March 8th | Beginner Farm Bookkeeping Webinar with Sasha Kubicek from Sea Bluff Farm
Join Sasha Kubicek from Sea Bluff Farm for this Beginner Farm Bookkeeping Webinar presented by Young Agrarians, Society Promoting Environmental Conservation, and VUFS. Sasha will discuss business set up, bookkeeping, payroll and your first year end tax report. The webinar will also cover GST & PST registration, assets, cashflow, expenditures, revenues, and hired help and volunteers. All are welcome to tune in from 10:30 am to noon! Register

March 14th & 21st | Feeding Growth Retailer & Investor Pitch Workshop with Spring Activator
Food entrepreneurs: time to perfect your pitch? Spring Activator & Feeding Growth are there to help. Hear from industry experts on the art of the pitch, tailored to prospective buyers, investors and heck-even your seven-year old nephew! Join us for this 2-part workshop series that culminates in a live pitch session moderated by an expert panel of judges across the food, entrepreneurship, and social media spectrum. Register

March 18th | Garden Season Kickoff: Seed Swap, Knowledge Sharing and Community Gathering with Edible Garden Project
Connect to the community of North Shore growers and get a jumpstart on the season at the Edible Garden Project’s Garden Season Kickoff. New and experienced gardeners are invited to attend for the full day or just drop in to: share seeds, questions, growing experience and learn together. Become a member of the North Vancouver seed library, housed in a card catalogue at the North Vancouver City Library, and learn about saving your own seed. In addition to the annual seed swap (12pm-2pm), there will be seedling sales, local seed vendors, talks and mini-workshops led by community members. More info

March 18th | Growing Worker Power: Innovative Organizing Across the Food System
SFU’s School for International Studies invites you to join us in honouring the engaged scholarship of the late SFU alum Professor Kerry Preibisch. Kerry Preibisch contributed immensely to sociological understandings of injustice shaping the lives of migrant farm workers, and she advocated tirelessly for structural changes to support dignity for migrant workers and their families. In this symposium, we focus on the creative, emergent and alternative forms of collective organizing developed by low-wage workers across the food system who face barriers to traditional forms of unionization. Presenters include scholars, activists and worker-organizers. Register by March 15th; tickets are limited.

March 29th | Intro to Beekeeping Workshop at Homestead Junction
Join beekeeper Lianne Shyry of Two Bees Apiary for a 2 hour introduction into the basics of beekeeping in the urban setting. Gain an understanding of the yearly cycle of beekeeping, basic honey bee biology and behavior, and anatomy of a colony. Learn about components of the hive, what you’ll need to start out, and what to expect in your first year. Discussion will include potential diseases, pests and challenges of today’s beekeeping. You’ll leave with enough knowledge to get started as a backyard beekeeper! Register

March 31st | Building with Cob – Materials Workshop with Mudgirls and UBC Farm
This workshop is part of a three part series to help build the UBC Farm’s new cob oven. The full series of events is as follows: Friday March 31st Cob Materials Workshop, Saturday April 1st Build Session (Volunteer Workparty), Saturday April 22nd Plastering Workshop. Register

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

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