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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Relationship between Bees, Plants, and People Workshop

To continue on the "Bee" theme...

FREE PUBLIC LECTURE from Langara College:
The Relationship between Bees, Plants and People: Stresses and Opportunities With Brian Campbell

There is an intimate relationship between bees and flowering plants that, due to many changes in the environment, has been under tremendous stress.  Come and learn about some of the conditions that are causing declines in bee populations and how we can better align our activities to support pollinators.

Where: Langara College (100 West 49th Avenue) Room A122A

When: Thursday April 21st at 7pm until 8:30pm

Cost: FREE but you must register to attend, as space is limited.

To register call: 604.323.5322 with Conference # 51150.

Brian Campbell, the lead instructor of the Langara Sustainable Urban Beekeeping Program and the founder of Blessed Bee Apiaries and the Bee School. He became immersed in the rich and amazing world of bees while he and his four sons spent many a glorious day observing the curious activities of bees: noticing their consistent patterns, collective activities, and the surprising comparisons to our own human patterns and behaviours. He is a certified bee master and beekeeper, and heavily involved in food security issues in Richmond and the Lower Mainland. He is a former president of the Richmond Beekeepers Association, a member of the Master Gardener Association of BC, and a Sustainable Gardening and Bee Master to West Coast Seeds.


Come learn about Permaculture and the Langara Permaculture Design course in a free Introduction to Permaculture day on Saturday April 23rd at Langara College.


Email Delvin Solkinson: delvin@cosm.org.

He will provide you with a room number and details upon confirmation of registration. Permaculture is a toolkit for the conscious design of our homes, gardens, lifestyles and neighbourhoods. It provides practical solutions to pressing local and global challenges.

For more information, please visit: www.langara.bc.ca/permaculture.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Pollinator Workshop

Happy Earth Day Pollinators Workshop!

When: Saturday April 23, 2016
Time: 10:00 am-12:00 noon
Where: Burnaby Village Museum, Discover Room
6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby

Costs: $ 5.00

Who should attend? All ages! Parents and kids interested in bees and their impact on your garden. Did you know that up to one-third of all our foods depends on bees? They have an important job in ensuring that we have access to food! Because this is what your grocery store would look like without bees

Let's give them all the help they need to survive! To start, why not...

Join beekeeper Andrew Scott and biologist Robyn Worcester on Saturday April 23rd in this collaborative workshop held at the Burnaby Village Museum. 

View an active demonstration hive, observe bee BEE-haviour (sorry, I could not resist!) and learn more about the physical structures of the bees and their hive.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about these very important insects! Or find out more about the City of Burnaby's mason bee condo volunteer program!

To register, please visit:  


Thursday, April 7, 2016

April 7th - World Health Day!

Diabetes Awareness - April 7, 2016!

Today is World Health Day and the focus is on Diabetes. Did you know that there are an estimated 11 million people who are living with diabetes or pre-diabetes in Canada? There are over 420 million people in the world who have diabetes and that number is projected to double within the next 20 years...

This year, the World Health Organization's theme is diabetes. It is a disease that impacts millions of people globally.

Diabetes is a disease where the body cannot produce insulin or use the insulin it produces to control sugar. Every three minutes, a Canadian is diagnosed with this disease.

Disease Prevention

The WHO is looking to highlight beating diabetes through:
  • Healthy eating
  • Exercise, and 
  • Avoiding excessive weight gain.

We support this as we believe that everyone should have access  to local nutritious foods that they can prepare for themselves at home. Which is why we have local workshops focused on healthy eating or preparing nutritious foods.

Gardening is exercise - both mentally and physically. You are moving, digging, dragging and in some cases lifting (or carting) heavy soil. It is also great to get outside (patio container gardens count too) and connect with mother nature. At Burnaby Food First, we promote community gardens as well as learning to grow your own veggies in containers through our workshops as well.

By cooking and preparing your own food as well as gardening, you are avoiding excessive weight gain. Eating healthier and gardening helps to create a healthier environment. Through gardening, you also benefit from homegrown foods!

So, today let's help beat diabetes - either by cooking nutritious food at home or getting outside in your gardens (in your backyard, on your balcony, within your community or through sharing backyards)!