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urban farm & garden project

The World In A Garden educates community and youth about the nutritional, cultural and environmental aspects of growing and eating food.
Oct 012011
 

Have you ever wondered where those little jewels come from that sprout into beautiful tomatoes, apples, pumpkins and more? Seed saving is a critical step in the seed to table process and helps to sustain our food supply.

This is why we are offering a Seed Saving workshop with the Richmond Food Security Society, where you can learn about the importance of this ancient tradition and how we use it to sustain ourselves. Dan Jason, founder of Salt Spring Seeds and author of Saving Seeds As If Our Lives Depended On It, will lead us through this informative and stunning workshop.

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 3rd, 5-7pm

WHERE: Terra Nova Rural Park @ The Barn, 2631 Westminster Hwy

Contact Alicia to register: abaddorf@jfsa.ca

Tricia and Alicia, the ladies behind The World In A Garden, have been checking out urban farm and educational food projects in Portland. Yesterday, they visited North Portland Farm, where a group of dedicated souls making up Project Grow are hard at work keeping up this urban farm and even creating beautiful pieces of art in their studio.

We were stunned to see beautiful black heritage tomatoes growing their garden! This discovery made us realize the beauty that comes from heritage and heirloom seeds and that it is important to preserve our seeds so that we can continue our legacy.

We encourage you to save your seeds so we can secure a better tomorrow for future generations of people (and tomatoes).

Jul 192011
 

Last week at The World In A Garden, we invited our friend & First Nations Squamish Minister, Eugene Harry, to bless our new native edible garden. As a result of the moving ceremony, we were reminded why we do what we do. We are all connected to and sustained by the earth; we must therefore respect Mother Earth and strengthen our ties through meaningful education and community engagement.

Living in B.C., we should be aware of and engaged in the land’s cultural heritage. The First Nations have lived off of this land for hundreds of years, respecting its natural beauty, showing thanks for its bounty, and honoring its sanctity. We can help preserve B.C.’s history and heritage by growing native edible plants and educating our community about the culture that has shaped our home.

Eugene Harry blesses the native garden

In our new garden we are planting wild strawberries, huckleberries, blueberries, choke cherries and much more. These berries are some of the highest sources of antioxidants and Vitamin C- in short, they do good for your body!

This Sunday, visit our new garden and join us for a workshop on Native Edible Plants. Read below for more information & a brief intro :

NATIVE EDIBLE PLANTS WORKSHOP

Sunday, August 7, 11am-1pm

West 57th & East Blvd.

Redefine local with an exploration of edible plants native to beautiful British Columbia. Patrick Wilson of Linnaea Nurseries will guide participants through the identification, uses and benefits of native edible plants, speaking specifically about the cultural significance of First Nation heritage on our food. Participants have the opportunity to learn from First Nations culture and our own native edible garden! As a thank you from The World In A Garden and their community partners, participants take home a native starter plant and a copy of Organic Gardening magazine. Now we’re talking local!

This workshop is $20/person. All proceeds benefit The World In A Garden. To register, contact Alicia Baddorf: 604-257-5151 ext. 213 | abaddorf@jfsa.ca

This workshop is held outdoors. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Snacks and coffee will be provided. Native Edible Plants is part of the Seed to Table Workshop Series.

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An Introduction to Native Plants:

What are native plants? Native plants are those that have evolved over thousands of years in a particular region, adapting to the climatic and geographic conditions of that region.

Why grow native plants?

  • Native plants have evolved with other plants, so a community of native plants provides a haven for a variety of native (and beneficial) wildlife species such as birds, bees, ladybugs and butterflies.
  • Native gardens require little maintenance- they are more resistant to diseases and pests than non-natives. The leaves that they drop actually act as both a fertilizer and a weed suppressor, meaning that you can avoid using harmful pesticides and fertilizers in your garden.
  • Incorporating natives into your garden conserves water. Native plants are accustomed to the seasonal rainfall patterns that occurs in their area, so you only need to give them some extra water to get them started.