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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Food Gardening Fair

Burnaby Food First is pleased to present another FREE Community Event!

Food Gardening Fair
Saturday, May 4
10:00am - 2:00 pm
Byrne Creek Community School, Community Room (7777 18th Street / Burnaby - map) / near Edmonds Skytrain Station)

Offered as part of BC Youth Week (May 1 - 7)

Credit: Magnolia Lim

The Fair includes lots of fun, free, family friendly activities, including:

All Day | Kids Crafts (making seed pods) and Visioning for Byrne Creek Community School Garden

10:15 am | Welcome by musician Julia Spitale (www.myspace.com/jspitale)

10:15 am—12:30 pm | Creative Container Food Gardening Workshop
Free, but pre-registration is required. Hands-On Workshop.

Come and create your own edible garden containers out of recycled materials with permaculturalists, Nova and Leanne.

Ever wonder how to grow your own food in small spaces at home? Or do you have a hot sunny patio or dark shady basement suite and don’t know what to grow there? Leanne and Nova will show you that you can have fun gardening in all sorts of areas and containers at a very low cost. Learn how to plant your own starters and seeds in creative containers for your own unique growing space. Learn about companion planting and ways to minimize water usage.

All participants will be provided with a container to plant at the workshop and take home. We will provide seeds and starters, soil, and loaner tools for you to use.

Note: In addition to the container we provide you, feel free to bring your own small container that you can plant and take home. Some ideas: mason jars, flower vases, wooden kitchen bowls or a recycled plant pot. See you there!

Workshop Leaders: 

Nova is a visual storyteller who helps good people do cool things. As a BC artist, graphic designer and permaculturalist, she believes in helping others by inspiring neighbours and communities to come together through the connection of nature, place-making and food. Nova is a member of the Burnaby Food First Gardening Committee and the Fraser Valley Permaculture Guild; she also works with a local organic farmer and can be found at farmers markets selling local veggies.

Leanne Zmud is a certified Permaculture Designer and enthusiastic gardener, who is passionate about promoting food security. Her interest in sustainable food systems and community engagement was sparked, as she focused on urban planning while completing her geography degree at Simon Fraser University. She works with Burnaby Food First to promote food security, participates in community gardens in addition to her home gardening endeavours  and can be found working at the various farmers’ markets. Leanne believes “Plant happiness; Spaces into places”.

11:00 am—12:00 pm | Making Homes for Mason Bees Workshop
Free, no registration required. Just drop by! Demonstration Style Workshop.

Learn all about the most efficient pollinator in the Lower Mainland, the blue orchard mason bee. Build simple homes to attract these solitary, non-aggressive insects to take up residence in your garden. Talk about some issues effecting bee populations in the Pacific Northwest and learn how you can help one of the most efficient pollinators in BC. Buzz on by!

Workshop Leader:

Erin Udal coordinates the 'Planning for Pollinators' program at the Environmental Youth Alliance. With her background in conservation biology, Erin’s passion and curiosity for exploring the natural world has lead her to the fascinating world of bees. Erin is making our backyards and parks places we can support and learn about bees and pollination.

12:00 noon—1:30 pm | Free BBQ (Limited Quantities Available)
Thanks to Byrne Creek Sustainability Club and Byrne Creek Student Government

For more information on the Creative Container Gardening Workshop, click here.

Promotional materials: Burnaby Food First Food Gardening Fair 

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