Tag Archives: Gardening

Learn To Grow Your Own Veggies This Summer at Trout Lake Community Centre June 15th

10 Jun

 

Would you like to grown your own veggies this season? Or maybe you’d prefer some fresh greens and herbs.  Whatever you wish to grow, there’s a great Early Summer Gardening Workshop happening Saturday, June 15th at Trout Lake Community Centre.  Rhiannon Johnson of Village Vancouver will be leading this 2 hour workshop in which she will show you how to plant veggies whether it’s your apartment balcony, your backyard or a community garden plot.  She will teach you how to plant, grow and harvest peas, beans, beets, greens, root veggies, herbs, tomatoes, carrots and veggies from the onion family.  All things you can start growing right away. The workshop runs from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and costs $19.05. Register through Trout Lake Community Centre.  Note, a community seed library will be on site, so you can pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap some or donate seeds if you choose.   To register for Early Summer Gardening, visit Vancouver.ca.

What’s On East Van: May 31st Edition

31 May

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Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out some cool events for the upcoming weekend.  Beyond the weekend, we invite you to check out our Event Listing which is updated daily and features events for the month and beyond.

Storytelling With Drag Queens – Café Deux Soleils – May 31st

You are invited for an evening of sexy readings about love this Friday night at Café Deux Soleils when they host Storytelling with Drag Queens.  Entertaining and fun is what we expect this night to be. Fun kicks off at 8:00 pm. Admission is by donation.

Custom Cocktail Class – Everything Wine Vancouver – May 31st

Want to learn how to make some top notch cocktails?  This Friday night, Everything Wine Vancouver in the new River District is hosting a class using Roots & Wings Distillery line up. You will learn how to make an Old Fashioned, Gin Sour, Whiskey Sour, Last Word, Dark Angel, Vodka Martini. Cost is $25. Class gets under way at 6:30 pm.

Ritchie’s Bakery Pop Up Les Amis Du Fromage (East Van) – June 1st

Ritchie’s Bakery celebrates it’s 1st birthday ‘popping up’ at les amis du fromage’s East Van location 843 East Hastings Street from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm or until they sell out.

Container & Small Space Gardening – Trout Lake Community Centre – June 1st

Want to do some gardening but don’t have oodles of space, maybe just your balcony? Trout Lake Community Centre is offering a new program this Saturday ‘Balcony, Container & Small Space Gardening’ from 2:00pm – 4:00 pm.

Historical Walk Cedar Cottage – Trout Lake Community Centre – June 1st 

If you didn’t already know Cedar Cottage is rich with Vancouver history.  This Saturday, local historian Peter Finch, will take you on a Historical Walk and learn about the Lakeview Disaster, Vancouver’s first transit accident, forgotten street names along with local folklore.  Cost is $2. Meeting spot is the Lobby of the Trout Lake Community Centre. Walk runs from Noon to 1:00 pm.

rEvolver Festival – The Cultch – Until June 2nd

It’s the last weekend to catch The rEvolver Festival on at The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street. The festival that brings a wide variety of contemporary theatre from emerging companies and artists wraps up Sunday. To see the full line up and for tickets, visit The Cultch.

The Plant Market – The Garden Strathcona – June 1st & 2nd

If you are looking for plants or plant based items, The Garden in Strathcona has an upstairs studio with a Plant Market happening this Saturday & Sunday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Plants will be available along with plant based skin care products, flowers by some local florists, handmade ceramics and woven textiles and fiberglass planters.  The Garden is located at 868 East Hastings St. in Strathcona.

Landscape & Planting Party – Lord Selkirk Elementary School – June 2nd

If you love gardening and/or beautifying the streets of East Van, then you may wish to come out and join the All Ages Landscaping & Planting Party this Sunday, June 2nd.  The location is the roadside garden in front of Lord Selkirk Elementary School, 22nd Avenue and Commercial Street from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  All experience levels welcome whether you have 10 minutes or a few hours to help. All hands welcome.  If you want more info, email t_scaman@yahoo.com.

Carrot Cake Ice Cream Sandwiches – Earnest Ice Cream (Frances St.)

Love carrot cake?  Love ice cream? If you answered yes to both, we recommend heading down to Earnest Ice Cream’s Frances Street location (1485 Frances Street) for a Caramel Carrot Cake Ice Cream Sandwich.  How amazing does this sound?!  This location is open daily Noon to 10:00 pm.  Get your fix while they are available.

LIVE MUSIC, ENTERTAINMENT & COMEDY

Looking for more live music, did you know The Heatley in Strathcona regularly features live music?  Every Sunday they offer bluegrass music with brunch 11 am – 3 pm.

Also 7 days a week, you will find live music at the Libra Room on The Drive. Tangent Café hosts live jazz Sunday nights  from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Saturday, Pat’s Pub has live jazz Saturday afternoons from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, no cover.

Looking to shop local? Be sure to check out one of the farmer markets happening this weekend. Saturday is Riley Park Farmers Market at 30th & Ontario from 10 am – 2 pm and Trout Lake Farmers Market from 9 am – 2 pm at John Hendry Park. Sunday, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is back in Dude Chilling Park from 10:00 am – 2 pm. To see more of What’s On in East Vancouver,  check our Event Listing.  We also have a separate listing of Free Events for those on a budget and in Vancouver, who isn’t.

Image Credit: June Hunter

11th Annual Cedar Cottage Community Garden Spring Fling May 25th

20 May

CedarCottage3Do you know the community garden that many of us drive by where Victoria Drive and Commercial Drive intersect?  The Cedar Cottage Community Garden is a beautiful community space that is rich with local history.  At the bottom of the garden is a shed that has been built like a replica of one of the old shelters for the Interurban. The Interurban was the original Skytrain, Vancouverʼs first rapid transit. These shelters offered both protection from the elements and often a ticket agent to sell riders their fare. More importantly the shed has a plaque, placed there to remind passersby of the events of the Lakeview Disaster. In 1909 at the current location of the community garden, a BC Electric Interurban train collided with a runaway railcar loaded with timber. The collision resulted in 14 people killed and another 9 seriously injured. What happened at Lakeview became the worst transit accident in Vancouver history.

This Saturday, May 25th you are invited to come celebrate and support community and food security with the 11th Annual Cedar Cottage Community Garden Spring Fling happening from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  There will be a bake sale, plant sale, live bluegrass music, medicinal plant walk at 11:30 with Lori Synder, raffle prizes with donations from local businesses including Second Nature Home to help raise funds for the community garden. This is a free family friendly event.

Photo Credit: Cedar Cottage Community Garden

Fresh Roots Growing Food Growing Communities

20 Jun

 

If you don’t know about Fresh Roots, it’s a great initiative happening in our community.  It’s actually hard to summarize everything they do in our community, as really it’s quite a bit.  Generally speaking they facilitate outdoor learning for youth in schoolyard gardens.  As part of this initiative they also mentor youth, help build confidence as well as leadership and employment skills. At the same they are teaching youth about healthy food and healthy living.  At the heart of what they do is grow food and that is something you can and should support in a variety of ways. They include:

BUY THEIR PRODUCE

You can buy their produce directly at Vancouver Farmer Markets, specifically Main Street Farmers Market on now until October which happens Wednesdays from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. You can also find them at Trout Lake Farmers Market in July and August from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.  We expect you’ll also find them at the upcoming Italian Outdoor Markets happening July 13th and August 17th from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

ORDER VEGGIE BOX

Fresh Roots offers a Veggie Box Program and we hear there are still some spots available for 2018.  For $20/week you receive a week’s worth of leafy greens, root vegetables and herbs. Their veggies are great for salads, cooked meals and smoothies. You will also receive a weekly e-newsletter containing recipes and updates about their programming.  They offer a variety of options for boxes, some short term, some longer. To learn more about the various offerings, visit their Food Shop.

DONATE GARDEN SUPPLIES

Are you down sizing from a home to an apartment and no longer need all your gardening supplies? If so, Fresh Roots welcomes new and gently used donations of a variety of items including farm tools and supplies. Maybe you have extra canning supplies lying about you no longer use, they are happy to make use of that as well.  They have a long list of items they are happy to take off your hands.  To see what items they need, visit their Wish List. 

ATTEND SCHOOLYARD HARVEST DINNER

On July 5th, Fresh Roots will be hosting a fundraiser, their second annual Schoolyard Harvest Dinner at David Thompson Secondary School.   You are invited to come and enjoy an inspired multi-course meal along with an open bar.  Vancouver Chef Karima Chellouf and Chef Kym Nguyen will create a feast from this season’s harvest.  The dinner will be paired with wine from the Hatch and beer from 33 Acres. Ticket prices range from $62.50 – $125 and are available through Eventbrite.

However you choose to support Fresh Roots, we think this is a great initiative worthy of our support.

Workshop: Grow A Great Organic Veggie Garden Saturday May 12th

2 May

BasketofVeggiesThe Italian Cultural Centre is hosting a workshop for aspiring gardeners on Saturday, May 12th.  Shauna MacKinnon will lead this workshop and teach you how to grow a veggie garden using organic practices.   You will learn how to build your soil, what crops to choose, when to plant and how to keep your plants healthy for abundant harvests all season long.  Along with your new found knowledge, you will leave with a primer on healthy soil, a planting calendar and sample seeds.  Cost is $25 per person. All ages are welcome to this workshop and kids under 12 are free. To learn more about Shauna or to register, visit the Italian Cultural Centre. 

East Van Garden Tour Sunday June 18th

26 May

EVGardenTour3There will be lots of great events happening in East Van this summer. One of them is the East Van Garden Tour which takes place on Sunday, June 18th. This is a self-guided tour which you can do at your leisure and see as much or as little as you’d like. It is great opportunity to see other people’s gardens and what’s behind the fence and the creative way in which people use the space they have. Whether you have a home, patio garden or a community garden, The East Van Garden Tour is a great source of inspiration and ideas. If you haven’t participated in this event, previously, you purchase your tickets in advance. On June 18th, you show up at Figaro’s Garden Centre to obtain your map from 10:00 am onwards after which you head off to tour the gardens until 4:00 pm.  If you are interested in purchasing tickets, there are a few ways to do so, including EventbriteFigaro’s Garden Centre, 1896 Victoria Drive or by contacting the Britannia Community Services Centre, 1661 Napier Street, in person or by phone 604-718-5800. Tickets are $15 each.  The tour is popular and has sold out in previous years, so we recommend that you get your tickets in advance.  People who attend the tour will also get a one-time 20% discount at Figaro’s starting on the day of the tour through to July 1st (Canada Day). Note: This is a very walkable tour, but it is not wheelchair accessible and pets are not allowed.

 

Queen Alexandra Elementary Garden Project

7 Jul

KidsInTheGarden.pngSo we’ve recently learnt about a great new project which is a collaboration between Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House and Queen Alexandra Elementary School at Broadway and Clark Drive.  The Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House received financial grants from Evergreen Learning Grounds and Neighbourhood Small Grants to allow them to co-ordinate a garden and workshops at Queen Alexandra Elementary School.  On May 26, 2016, they kicked off the Queen Alexandra Garden Project.   They will be hosting garden work parties every Thursday between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm until October. This project has several goals. Outside of creating the garden itself, they also wish to create a Garden Committee consisting of teachers, parents, school staff, community individuals and organizations.  Most importantly, their aim is to create a community among the volunteers giving them the opportunity to make connections while at the same time learning to grow food. I have a personal soft spot for this particular project as Queen Alexandra is my alma mater and some of my best experiences in the school system were at this school which also fueled and nurtured the imagination and creativity you see here today.  So if you are able to provide some support whether it’s time, knowledge or skills in building a shed or an irrigation system, you are invited to contact Joey Liu at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House at jliu@mpnh.org. If you wish to learn to grow food, make new friends, learn about native plants in your community, check out the weekly workshops on Thursdays at Queen Alexandra Elementary School between 3:00 and 5:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to participate.

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