This spring, I’ll be partnering with Hollyhock, Canada’s lifelong learning centre, to lead a three-part program for people in Vancouver who want to grow their own food.
Urban Garden Abundance will run Sunday afternoons (1pm-5pm) March 29, April 12 and April 26 at 163 West Hastings Street in the heart of Gastown.
As urban food gardeners, we have the potential to grow A LOT of food, but we have to be especially resourceful. How do we achieve great soil, ample light, and protection from pests in a city environment? In cities, we are often working with very limited space, strata regulations, nearby construction, urban wildlife, a lack of sun, and numerous other factors. This class will explore the skills and creativity required to achieve a highly productive, beautiful and enjoyable harvest in an urban area. No matter how small or large our gardens are, they empower us to take back the experience of working with our hands, get off the computer, and expand our urban experience. Growing food transforms us from consumers to producers, and creates possibilities to find both solitude and community within the city.
In Urban Garden Abundance, we will discuss the basics of growing food, but we’ll also go deeper to help you work through design challenges and create a customized planting plan for your garden. Whether you enjoy making detailed charts and calendars, or prefer to follow your intuition, we will explore a set of principles to help you feel confident about growing food.
We will also construct some beautiful planters out of repurposed wine crates — planters that you can’t get anywhere else.
Gardening is a creative collaboration between our intuition and our thinking minds. Urban Garden Abundance will invite you to try some exercises that might surprise or challenge you, including both drawing and creating spreadsheets to design your garden. Although this program is mostly classroom-based, everything we do will be about creating your garden: growing those carrots, tomatoes and lettuces that feed your family.
Gardens are complex systems, and learning to grow a garden is a lifelong pursuit. Join me and get your hands dirty!
Registration and information HERE.