Notes from the Field
 
From all the staff and volunteers at the Sharing Farm, Happy New Year.
 
The rain & snow certainly have created challenging conditions to do any work in the fields through the winter but we’ve been busy filling the calendar with some great workshops. Hope you can join us!
 
Evening with Dan Jason – Friday, Jan 21st, 7-9pm, Terra Nova Barn, 2631 Westminster Hwy
 
Are you concerned about heirloom seeds, the impact of genetically modified organisms (GMOs)? Saving seeds is a wonderful way to re-gain control of our food supply. Many residents are already saving seeds of their favourite tomatoes, beans flowers, and even herbs. Find out how we can coordinate our efforts to form a Community Seed Bank. As the founder of Salt Spring Seeds and Plant Sanctuary, Dan Jason is the region’s foremost expert on seed saving. With generous support from VanCity and FarmFolk CityFolk, we’ve been able to bring Dan to Richmond. This is a free event.
 
 
Fruit Tree Pruning with Dr. Kent Mullinix – Saturday, January 29th 9am – 1pm., Terra Nova Barn.
 
Winter is the ideal time to prune fruit trees in order to encourage fruiting production and maintain shape. Join Dr. Mullinix to learn about the different techniques of pruning and how they express on fruit trees. This seminar will include indoor class time as well as outdoor practicum on the fruit trees around Terra Nova. Dress for the weather and bring a snack. This is a really popular workshop so please register early to avoid disappointment. Cost $30.
 
To register, please e-mail arzeenahamir@shaw.ca
 
 
Chicken Coops and Structures – Saturday February 12th, 9am – 12pm, Terra Nova Barn New!
 
Learn what it takes to raise laying hens in your backyard – no matter how big or small. Chicken coop builder Duncan Martin covers the logistics of keeping chickens, building and maintaining a reliable coop, and how to comply with municipal bylaws.  Cost $20
 
To register, please e-mail arzeenahamir@shaw.ca


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