Fall Gardening with Growing Young Farmers

This weekend we got together with a mighty and powerful group, to sheet mulch the childrens garden at Government House.

It was a wonderful experience working with such a committed team! Thanks to Bryce, from Government House, who organized the delivery of the wood chips for us from an oak tree that had to come down on the grounds.

Sheet mulching is one of the very important lessons in organic, sustainable gardening. When plants are finished their harvest, or if weeds have come up in your garden, cover them with cardboard and then cover the cardboard with bark mulch.  This is often free from wood chip companies .  The materials decompose over the winter months and become soil that can be used in the garden beds.  The pathways hold water and nutrition for the plants to use over the summer months.  I do it every year at my garden, often more than once just to tidy things up:)

As we head into our fall sessions, we are working with 10 schools in the Victoria, Saanich, Langford areas.  We have 5 educators teaching in these different schools.

We will teach the important lessons of sheet mulching, lasagna bed building, hugelkultur, seed saving and more!!  Please let me know if you have any questions admin@gyfs.ca

Help needed - This Sunday! September 17th, 2017

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This Sunday we will be cleaning up the Children's garden at Government House.  Please join us with as much cardboard as you can find.  We will be cleaning up the pathways and in doing so, building water retention and soil for the future seasons.  We don't weed, we sheet mulch.  We use wood chips and cardboard to take away what we don't want.  This time we are covering an overgrowth of calendula and strawberry plants. Instead of pulling them up, we cover them up and they will decompose all on their own.

Bring a shovel or pitchfork, cardboard and yourself! 9:30am-12pm.  Follow the signs that say to the Tearoom and go under the covered archway.  We will be there to open the gate at 9:30am.

Thanks for your help before this fall growing and teaching season!

Saanich Fair

Another year of successful gardening with children went by, including the summer camps at Panorama! With some time off to plan for the new year ahead of us, we put together a fantastic booth at this year's Saanich Fair. Look at out lovely new banner that will be travelling with us to all events we will participate in. Thanks for stopping by to say HI and hope to see some new volunteers or Grower Educators this year!

Summer Opportunities with the Growing Young Farmers Society

The Growing Young Farmers Society is offering a summer workshop series for interested gardeners to expand their knowledge.  In addition to workshops provided by the GYFS, we are offering opportunities for local educators and teachers to offer their own workshops on a topic that they are passionate about themselves.  These topics may include any of, or related to the following:

  • Canning/Preserving
  • Plant Biology
  • Food Forests
  • Lasanga gardening
  • Hugelculture
  • Irrigation
  • Permaculture
  • Companion planting
  • Composting
  • Bugs: Friends or Foes?
  • Kitchen, or small space gardening
  • Herbs and their uses
  • Sprouting
  • Small scale farming 101
  • Introduction to gardening 101

Applicants must send an e-mail to funding@gyfs.ca, subject "Summer Workshop Proposal" consisting of a short paragraph describing their chosen topic, and any specialized equipment or spaces they will need in order to facilitate their workshop.  Applications must be in by May 24th. The workshops will be offered in conjunction with he GYFS, and workshop compensation is negotiable. 

National Volunteer Recognition Week "We Appreciate You!"

Thanks to 'those' people who nominated me for the award!

It was National Volunteer Recognition Week (April 15 – 21, 2012) and our chance to let those special volunteers in our lives know that “We Appreciate You!”.  All across Canada, all week long, volunteers will be celebrated and thanked in a myriad of different ways.

This year's winner is Dave Friend founder of Growing Young Farmers Society!