Well, to make my life a lot easier, and… well, that’s mostly it, actually, I am moving this page and its contents to! Events will be loaded soon, and all the other info will be there as well! Please check it out and let me know if any feedback you may have! This site will remain “alive”, but I will no longer be posting here, so mosey on over and let me know what you think!

Cheers, and Happy Harvesting!

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Sept 30: West Coast Seeds’ Open Garden Forum

On Sunday, September 30th, from 1-3pm, West Coast Seeds will be hosting their Open Garden Forum.

West Coast Seeds’ garden expert Mark Macdonald will be on hand to discuss the 2012 season and vegetable trials. He’ll talk about some of his favourite books and online resources related to gardening, and then try to answer any and all of your gardening questions. Bring stories of successes and failures, and join in on a lively group discussion on general gardening themes.
(Free for all – limited to 30 people, so please pre-register)

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Sept 23: West Coast Seed’s Cover Crop Seminar

On September 23, from 1-3pm, West Coast Seeds will be hosting their Cover Cropping Seminar.

Learn how to improve your soil’s structure and fertility, how to combat weeds, how to prevent soil erosion, how to create habitat and forage for overwintering beneficials, and even suppress insect pests—all by employing cover crops. These marvelous plants will do the work for you, and then provide masses of material for your compost. Master Gardener Brian Campbell will reveal which plants to use and when to use them, either on the farm or in the home garden. ($15.00)

For more info & to RSVP:

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Sept 22: Mission Farmers Market’s ‘Building Community Around Food’

The Mission City Farmers Market presents: 

La Vida Local: Building Community around Food

Saturday, September 22nd, 9am to 1pm at the Mission Library

Come to the market and learn about food security initiatives and what they mean for our community.

Activities include:

  • Cooking with local food demonstration by UFV Chef Bruce Corbeil
  • Winter Gardening Seedling Give Away
  • Canning Workshop Sign-up and Free Raffle
  • How to Grow Garlic – MCFM fundraiser
  • Information about Food Security Initiatives in Mission
  • Free Craft-making for the whole family
  • Face painting
  • Live Music

In the Heart of the Market we will have

Tent 1
– MFAN display – Where people can access existing programs & volunteer opportunities
– Stages of Food Security graphic story board – District of Mission Social development

Stage 1 – food centre, food bank, soup kitchens
Stage 2 – community garden, gleaning, farmers market, buying clubs
Stage 3 – food policy

In partnership with the Fraser Valley Regional Library we have produced a Mission food security guide that will be given to market customers.

Action Tent 2

Gleaning information and sign up
Mission’s Kitchens Canning process information and sign-up and freebies from Bernardin
Harvest Bag information from Mission Food Centre
Winter gardening – kale and other seedlings with planting info from Ferndale Farms
Learn how to grow garlic – planting book with garlic fundraiser for MCFM
Winter gardening guide from West Coast Seeds

Tent 3

Cooking demonstration by UFV Chef Bruce Corbeil with seasonal food and samples. (pending)

Tent 4

Crafts, face-painting and storytelling, make your own napkin ring with cloth napkin for children and adults
Face painting
Food security related stories

Tent 5 and 6

Market Concession

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One more follower till we have 600 people getting updates on this site! Amazing!

Back when I started this site in 2010, I had big dreams for sure, but like a garden, the site has morphed according to its own design, and has gone places I never imagined for it!

I’m excited to announce that I will be writing monthly articles for an Apple production (link to come soon), and will be posting the articles here as well. The articles (and accompanying videos–who am I?!?) will contain homemade, natural, homegrown recipes and remedies along with lots of fun facts and how-to instructionals. Do I have time for this? Somewhere between 5-6am, sure. Time to hire a cook–this girl needs to actually eat what she grows. Also soon to come: lessons on living slowly. Uh huh. Try not to spurt all over your computer screen at me.

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Sept 15: Tanglebank’s Fall Hanging Basket Workshop

On Saturday, September 15, starting at 10:30am, Tanglebank Gardens is hosting their Fall Hanging Basket Workshop.

Who says hanging baskets are just for summer?  Create a moss basket full of fantastic fall foliage and colourful blooms that can last for years if taken care of.  Sure to inspire and amaze your friends.  Cost is $15 and includes moss, wire frame, hanger and soil. Plant costs are extra and vary depending on your choices. Please RSVP!

Tanglebank Gardens
29985 Downes Rd
Abbotsford, BC
V4X 1Z8

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Sat, Sept 8: Devan Greenhouses’ Rustic Wooden Fall Planter Workshop

On Saturday, September 8, starting at 4pm, Devan Greenhouses will be hosting their Rustic Wooden Fall Planter Workshop. For only $24.98/person, you will be supplied with a real wooden planter, soil, and fall flowers and foliage to plant up your very own custom planter. It’s always more fun to plant with others and we hope you take this rare opportunity to join us at this fall planting event! Sign up in person at the store or call to register at (604) 857-4944.

Devan Greenhouses
28904 Fraser Way
Abbotsford, BC

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