One last unofficial horrah!

For those who might need a few more work hours or for those who just can’t get enough, please join for a unofficial work party on Sunday Nov 5, 2017 at 12.  The party will kick off with a presentation about soil conditions and how to prepare for the 2018 growing season AND information about growing potatoes.  We will then have some tasks on hand to get the final, final touches for the winter season. 

Sunday November 5, 2017 12:00 at the Big Yellow Shed

Preparing for Next Year’s Harvest; soil preparation and potato gardening.

Presented by Laurier Major

Learn the soil basics for most of the PSCG plots, what to look for and how to improve the conditions for your wee seedlings to take off into full bloom in 2018.  That’s right, preparing now will help in the long run.  AND see what it takes to go from couch potato to an urban potato farmer.  Sit with us to learn for potato farming from seedling to harvest.

Bring a chair, park it on the ground or stand while fellow garden Laurier Major outlines what is needed to make your soil good to grow.

Sunday November 5, 2017 12:00 at the Big Yellow Shed

Learn about Kombucha!


Come one, come all to learn about the delicious and ancient beverage kombucha!  Created in 221 BC, this popular drink has many health properties and is easy to make at home.  Please join Kate on July 23 at the Pine Street Garden Shed (6th and Fir St.) for a 2 hour information and how to session and walk away with your very own SCOBY to make home brews all year!

*Please RSVP to pinestreetcommunitygardens@gmail.com to enjoy this session.

Date: July 23, 2017

Time: 10:00- 12:00

Location: Pine Street Community Gardens at the Main Shed (near 6th and Fir St).

Please bring your own lawn chair

If inclement weather should occur date of session may shift.  Mild inclement weather is likely tolerable with the use of an event tent.

Can you dig it? Soil Composition Talk

By Laurier Major

A 30 minute intro session that will cover the average soil situation for most of the PSCG plots, what to look for and how to improve the conditions for your wee seedlings to take off into full bloom.

Bring a chair, park it on the ground or stand while fellow garden Laurier Major outlines what is needed to make your soil good to grow.

Sunday May 14 (prior to the work party). Arrive at 11:15, talk to begin at 11:30 at the Big Yellow Shed

This will be the first of a mini series and will set the stage for a Potato Growing workshop later on this season.

Community Gardeners’ Workshop Series

Members of community gardens in the City of Vancouver are invited to attend workshops on various gardening topics. All events are offered by our community partners, and are free of charge*.

It’s an opportunity for gardeners to share their expertise about community gardening, and to meet members of other gardens and learn from each other. Spaces are limited, so RSVP soon! Ideally, we’d have a few gardeners from many different gardens to broaden representation at each event.

*Cancellation policy: if you have registered but are not able to attend, please e-mail us with 48 hours notice so we can invite other people on the waitlist. People who do not give notice will be asked to make a $5.00 donation to the community organization offering the workshop.

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Here’s a list of the workshops below:

COMPOSTING BASICS
Join us at CityFarmer’s Compost Demonstration Garden for a workshop on composting methods and practices:
· Types of composters and where to place them

· Managing pests, rodents and common issues

· Share responsibilities with other gardeners

· Learn from other gardeners!

DETAILS:
· CityFarmer Compost Demonstration Garden: 2150 Maple Street

· Session 1: Saturday June 20, 10:00-11:00AM

· Register Online: vangardens-compost1.eventbrite.ca

· Session 2: Saturday July 25, 10:00-11:00AM

· Register Online: vangardens-compost2.eventbrite.ca

INVASIVE SPECIES
The Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver is offering advice on dealing with weeds, problem plants and pests:
· Learn what invasive species are, why they are bad, and how they spread

· How to identify invasives, such as Japanese knotweed, bindweed, and fireants

· How to manage and deal with invasive species including prevention, removal, and disposal

· Sharing responsibilities of management and removal with other gardeners

DETAILS:
· Creekside Community Recreation Centre:

· 1 Athletes Way (@ Ontario Ave)

· Saturday June 27, 12:30-2:00PM

· Register Online: vangardens-invasives.eventbrite.ca

COLLABORATIVE GARDENING
Explore the concept of collaborative gardening – with Brooke Oxley of Can You Dig It, and Matt Cooke at Creekside Community Recreation Centre. Find out more about:
· The concept of collaborative gardening and its benefits and challenges

· How it works and setting expectations

· How to integrate collaborative projects into existing community gardens

DETAILS:
· Creekside Community Recreation Centre: 1 Athletes Way (at Ontario St)

· Saturday July 11, 1:00-2:30PM

· Register Online: vangardens-collaborative.eventbrite.ca

FRUIT TREES
Join David Tracey of Tree City to learn about the keys to success in growing fruit trees in your community garden:
· Opportunities to integrate fruit trees in your garden and community

· Common issues in fruit tree maintenance

· Sharing the responsibilities and the harvest with other gardeners

DETAILS:
· Strathcona Community Garden, inside the Eco-Pavilion

· 857 Malkin Avenue (west of Hawks Ave)

· Saturday July 18, 10:00-11:30AM

· Register Online: vangardens-fruittrees.eventbrite.ca

URBAN WILDLIFE
The Stanley Park Ecology Society is sharing their knowledge and experience about urban wildlife. Learn about:
· Species that are commonly found in cities

· Natural History, behaviour, importance of urban wildlife species

· Tactics to address common issues with urban wildlife in gardens

DETAILS:
· Mount Pleasant Community Centre: 1 Kingsway

· Sunday July 19th, 1:00-2:30PM

· Register Online: vangardens-urbanwildlife.eventbrite.ca

WEAVING WITH GROWN MATERIALS
Be inspired to create beautiful garden projects made with natural materials grown in your community garden with Environmental Artist Sharon Kallis.
During these 3-hour workshops, learn weaving and twining techniques that you can bring into your own garden.

Workshop 1
· Identify weavable materials from green waste

· Demonstration weave for a willow branch column structure

· Tour the pollinator house and earth loom.

DETAILS:
· Trillium Park North: 580 Malkin Ave (@ Thornton St)

· Sunday June 28, 3:30-6:30PM

· Register Online: vangardens-weaving1.eventbrite.ca

Workshop 2
· Wood and branch splitting

· Bark stripping, rope-making, and weaving

· Tour on-site of living willow sculptures, woven forms, terraformed steep hillside for gardening

DETAILS:
· Means of Production Garden in China Creek North Park: 1001 E 7th Ave (corner of 6th Ave and St Catherines St)

· Thursday July 9, 6:00-9:00PM

· Register Online: vangardens-weaving2.eventbrite.ca

*If you have any trouble registering to the workshops, please e-mail us at PBGREEN@vancouver.ca

Collaborative Community Mural Call for Artist Project

The Pine Street Community Garden(www.pinestreetgardens.org) is looking for an artist to provide services to engage the general public and local community to create a collaborative community mural on a shipping container located in a new city park adjacent to the Community Garden. The park is located on the corner of west 6th Avenue and Fir Street in Vancouver.

The newly created city park is in a neighbourhood with a diverse range of community members. The goal of the collaborative mural project is to establish connections between community members through the design and creation of the mural. The Pine Street Community Garden envisions a mural that will demonstrate community ownership and investment in the new park and welcome park visitors to enjoy the garden space.

Artist skills and experience

The selected artist(s) will have experience with community arts engagement processes and the capacity to build a sense of community pride and ownership throughout the project development and implementation stages. The artist(s) demonstrate through past community art projects that they have successfully worked with community members of all ages to lead creative processes through community input.

Project Scope

Artist fee of $2500.00 to complete the following :

  • Meet with project committee (minimum 3 meetings)
  • Develop a process for building community input into the mural design , submit to projectcommittee for review and approval
  • Participate in public meetings to solicit public input and feedback into mural development (2meetings)
  • Lead work party with the community to complete mural (minimum 2)
  • Complete all noted above by August 30th, 2015 Submit Artist(s) Application Requirements
  • Current CV (maximum 2pages-if an artist collective-1 page per artist)
  • Title Page: Artist’s full name, email address, mailing address including postal code,telephone/cell phone.
  • List two professional references that can speak to your artistic practice and support theapplicant’s capacity to fulfill the requirements of the project.

• In a one page project description outline the following:

  • –  1) Experience related to the project description include: skills and experience in completing aproject from beginning to completion.
  • –  2) Documentation of previous community lead art projects (max. 5 jpeg images)Submit all the application requirements by email to aav@telus.net by March 2nd , 2015AssessmentA juried selection process involving community members and staff will determine the artists and/or artist teams awarded for this project.

    Final selections may be based on interviews with shortlisted artists.

    We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 


Download the .PDF of this info: PSCG_Call_for_Artists

 

Where

The Pine Street Community Gardens, established in 2006, runs for two blocks along side the railroad tracks on West 6th Avenue between Fir and Burrard.

Garden Side + Orchard Side

The western block of the gardens, what we call the Orchard Side, is one of Vancouver’s only urban orchards, featuring apple, pear, plum and many other varieties of fruit trees. The east block, or Garden Side, of the gardens is home to over 40 vegetable and garden plots.

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